NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) _ A Rhode Island official is warning people about bogus, unlicensed taxis in Newport that have been picking up passengers and charging fares.
Terry Mercer of the Public Utilities Commission's motor carrier section told WPRI-TV  that there have been no reports of crimes by drivers of the fake cabs.
But Mercer says it's likely many of the drivers aren't licensed, aren't insured to carry passengers and haven't gone through background checks.
Within the past two weeks in Boston, two women told police they hailed what they thought were cabs and were sexually assault by the drivers.

Mercer says there are several signs that cabs are legitimate, including taxi signs on the roof, rates posted on rear fenders, rate meters inside and drivers' hackney licenses with names and pictures displayed inside.

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