A crackdown on unlicensed taxi drivers has led to four arrests in the Conejo Valley.
Ventura County Sheriff’s investigators say unlicensed taxis have been an ongoing issue in the community.
There are concerns about issues like the driving record of the cabbies, the safety of the vehicles, and the potential for fraud with illegal taxis which often don’t have meters.
The Thousand Oaks Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving Unit conducted an undercover operation, and arrested four unlicensed drivers, including two from Thousand Oaks, one from Oxnard, and one from Bakersfield.
Three of those arrested were using personal cars as taxis, and one of them didn’t even have a valid California Driver’s License.
Authorities say potential taxi users should look for a posted taxi license and a fare meter when they get into a cab.
And, they say in Thousand Oaks, all taxis are also required to have an official city sticker on their rear window.