The city Taxi and Limousine Commission illegally seizes the vehicles of people accused for the first time of operating unlicensed taxis without a warrant, according to a lawsuit.
The class action filed Tuesday in Manhattan Federal Court argues that the practice is widespread, unconstitutional and causes “significant monetary harm” for which the plaintiffs should be compensated.
The suit claims the TLC seized 9,000 vehicles last year for operating illegal taxis — the vast majority of which belonged to first-time offenders.
In June, the Daily News reported a TLC inspector alleged that enforcement-unit honchos had urged underlings to temporarily seize cars without adequate evidence.
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