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INDIANAPOLIS – Inspectors with the Indianapolis Department of Code Enforcement will inspect each of the city’s 900 plus cabs twice a year, but they are urging the public to pay attention before they get into a cab and once they are inside to protect themselves.

Cab drivers are selected randomly for the city’s inspections that are conducted at an area park.

“You are not allowed to drive the vehicle, okay? Do not drive the vehicle until you take it into the city to get the sticker,” said one inspector to a cab driver Tuesday.

Every safety feature is checked, and each driver must also give a city official a ride so they can get a closer look at their meter in action.

“When we get finished, we put a medallion on those to say they have not been tampered with,” said Adam Baker, spokesperson for the Indianapolis Department of Code Enforcement.

Baker said they don’t want anyone being overcharged, especially during the summer months, when there is an increased demand for cab service.

Cab drivers who spoke with Fox 59 said they had never tampered with their meters, but are aware of others who have done it before.

“He said one guy does change it,” said the cab driver who translated for a co-worker.

City officials are promising more random inspections that can quickly put any driver, regardless of their past record, out of service.

“Every job you got, there are good guys and bad guys,” said one cab driver.

Every cab in Indianapolis must also have a functioning wireless credit card processor that prints paper receipts according to city code.

Customers with serious complaints are asked to contact the city at (317) 327-TAXI.