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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla -- Heather McKenzie drives a taxi and owns Heather's Executive Taxi Company in St. Augustine.

She said lately she has seen taxis working in St. Augustine without proper inspection stickers, making them illegal.

"Right around the corner we've seen them," she said as she pointed to a taxi stop in downtown St. Augustine. "I've seen them in front of bars."

But she said rarely are these un-stickered cabs at the designated taxi stands. She's concerned about your safety in these other cabs.

"What if they have bad intentions? What if they are pedophiles? Offenders?," McKenzie said.

She showed First Coast News what passengers should look for before taking a taxi -- items required by the City of St. Augustine.

"People need to look for the name of the company on the both sides of the vehicle." McKenzie said. "Numbers on the car should be on the front, back, and both sides."

She also encourages you to make sure there is a driver-for-hire permit displayed inside the cab with the driver's name and picture.

McKenzie added, "Most importantly is the inspection sticker that they place on the back of the vehicle. Check the expiration date on it. Make sure it's not expired."

McKenzie has taken photos of taxis she thinks are illegal. She took them to city hall, but she was directed to another city office. She said she hasn't had time to go to that office yet.

City staff says they are not aware of any cabs working illegally in St Augustine and want to know more about what McKenzie has seen.

"We, in no way, endorse or condone the behavior of an unlicensed taxi. We'll take enforcement action were we see that behavior," City Manager John Regan told First Coast News Tuesday.

Heather has five cabs, and she stays busy. She says she's speaking out, but not because she's worried about competition.

"It's not about competition. It's about our safety," she noted.

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