GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - It's been more than two weeks since Yellow Cab taxis have been seen on the streets of Grand Rapids, but now it looks like the company will get it's license to operate back.
Thirty cabs have been parked and their drivers without work since the end of June because the city refused to renew the Yellow Cab's license after noticing some vehicle ID numbers had been whited out on a mechanic's safety check form that had been copied and other ID numbers were written in.
Tuesday, an appeal decision found that Yellow Cab had no intent to defraud city officials and told the city to give the company its license back.
"It's not about winning or losing. We just wanted to operate because our cars were all safe in the beginning," Yellow Cab spokesperson De Butler said.
The worker who whited out the numbers said he was in a hurry and knew all the cabs had passed the inspection. The hearing officer agreed that it was done in haste and that nobody was trying to sneak unsafe vehicles past the city.
Still, it cost the company two weeks of lost business and dried up the drivers' income, too.
"We stayed home without work. No income. No employment compensation even for this job. So it is horrible," cab driver Teha Hamba said. "But so finally, thank you very much, I have good news today. Going back to work. But we have been in hardship times."
The company got community support including a petition to the city with 180 signatures, for which the owner is grateful.
"Thank you, thank you for supporting this company. I appreciate that," owner Amanuel Kelete said.
The Yellow Cab still has to go back to the city to finish the process for renewing its license. The company hopes all these cabs will be back on the street by this weekend.
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