Several of the taxis taken off the road earlier this week in Manchester are returning to service.
Five of the 18 taxis grounded earlier this week have returned to service in the Queen City after undergoing repairs and inspections.
Problems with the vehicles ranged from broken tie rods and cracked windshields to rear brake failure and severe body rot.
Initially, cab company owners were unable to find a state inspector to recommission the vehicles, but city police helped locate an independent garage in Manchester for the work.
Kevin Kincaid of the Manchester Clerk’s Office says cab operators are still working to bring the rest of their cabs up to state and city safety standards:
“They’re working on the vehicles every day and as they get them up and running they’ll bring them back to us. The vehicles can’t be more than nine years from the manufacturers date and they can’t have more than 300,000 miles on them. Two of the vehicles were at that threshold and will not be put back on the road.”
Kincaid added that there is not a concrete timeline in place for all of the vehicles to return to service.
The fleet of cabs was taken off the road after an annual state inspection revealed numerous safety problems with the vehicles.