A cab hit broadside last week caused more than one jolt. The driver of the other car said she didn't have a license. 10 times this year taxis operated by Omaha's Happy Cab have been hit by drivers without a license or insurance coverage.
Driver of the damaged cab Francis Rupp said, '"She came right through the stop sign and didn't even look." Rupp was shocked again when police didn''t have the other driver's vehicle towed. Even though the woman was driving a car that belonged to someone else and she didn't have a driver's license. Ruff said, 'I was shocked the officer let her get back in her vehicle and just drive away."
Omaha City Prosecutor Marty Conboy said Nebraska law doesn't mandate cars be impounded from drivers with no license or insurance. However the Omaha City Council will ask the Legislature that towing cars from uninsured motorists be required.
The Vice President of Happy Cab Lori Mitchell wants that changed. She said, 'Impound the car or have someone that does have a valid license pickup the car."
Mitchell has filed 10 suits in small claims courts against unlicensed and uninsured drivers who hit cabs. Three have paid for damage and two are making payments of $25 a month. She continues to pursue payments from others
Cab driver Rupp said, 'Its financially frustrating because those of us go through proper channels and make sure we have everything in line while other drivers think they're above the law."
Operators of Happy Cab and its associated services suggested people without a driver's license or car insurance should call a cab.