Yellow Cab and Transfer in Altoona Temporarily Closed

Yellow Cab and Transfer in Altoona Temporarily Closed

The company hasn't had auto insurance since March.
ALTOONA, BLAIR COUNTY --  Suzanne Pelton didn't know what to think when she found out her fleet of taxis had to be put out of service.
 
Suzanne Pelton, Vice President of Blair Cab Inc., said "At first I was in absolute shock and then it's just been frustration since."
 
Tuesday, the Public Utility Commission revoked their license to operate. They sent them notice in June that their insurance lapsed. The taxi company says they've been paying an insurance agent, but they're not sure the money has been paying the bill.
 
Pelton said, “That is something that if I had the answer to, it wouldn't have happened in all honesty. The payments have been made. I don't know where they've gotten to."
 
They point to vehicle inspection reports from May that say their vehicles didn't have any issues, so they thought they were in the clear. But the PUC says these car inspections don't include insurance checks.
 
Robin Tilley with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission said, "The vehicle inspection have no issues at all and the enforcement officer that conducted those had no reason to check on the status of the insurance."
 
Last year, the company says they gave more than 60,000 passengers a ride. They want to get back in business for them and for their workers.
 
Pelton said, "We have 24 people who rely on these cabs for their livelihoods and they are not able to be out servicing people."
 
If all goes as planned, they hope to secure new insurance and be back in business by early next week.

For more information about the Public Utility Commission, their website can be found here.

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