Maryland TLC Commissioner Resigns After Criticism Over Tactics

Posted on June 15, 2005 by LCT Staff - Also by this author - About the author

ROCKVILLE, MD. — Montgomery County's first taxicab inspector has resigned in protest after clashing with county leaders on his tactics. John Hoffman said officials made it hard for him to do his job.

He's been nicknamed by some as the "Dirty Harry of Taxicab Inspectors." Hoffman's tactics included going undercover as a tourist, setting up sting operations and investigating cabbies who didn't show up on time. It's all part of the former police officer's strategy to root out unscrupulous taxi drivers.

But county officials told The Washington Post that he sometimes got too aggressive and put himself and others at risk. Hoffman had been hit twice while trying to keep a cab or limousine from moving while he wrote a citation. He has requested a radio to talk with police when he encounters drugs or violence. But he said the county has refused. Officials say the taxicab inspector is not supposed to act as a police officer.

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