May 5, 2013 Taxicab Accident

Mike Ziegler filed this request with the St. Louis Metropolitan Taxicab Commission of St. Louis, MO.
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From: Mike Ziegler

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Missouri Sunshine Law and the Missouri Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

I am requesting information regarding a May 5, 2013 taxicab accident driven by Harris Cab Company driver Asim Khurshid. Information being requested includes:

- any internal MTC incident investigation reports
- driver incident and/or disciplinary history
- verification the driver and car had insurance at the time of the accident
- verification the driver passed a background check upon hiring
- subsequent disciplinary actions and/or MTC investigation conclusions stemming from the May 5 accident
- current employment status

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 3 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Mike Ziegler

From: Mike Ziegler

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on this request originally submitted on July 2, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Charles H Billings

Mr. Ziegler,

You have requested some information regarding the Domain case against
Harris Cab. As you are probably aware, we were not a party to that
litigation and in fact had no knowledge of the case. during it's pendency.
We are in the process of examining files that may have some bearing and on
the Harris application. We have hired additional personnel to help with
the numerous sunshine requests that have arrived.

We will report back to you shortly with the information that we discover.

Chuck Billings
General Counsel
Metropolitan Taxicab Commission

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Charles H. Billings
Bruntrager & Billings, P.C.
1735 S. Big Bend Blvd.
St. Louis, Mo 63117
314-646-0066
chb@law-stl.com
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From: Mike Ziegler

Mr. Billings,

I wanted to follow-up regarding the materials requested on the Harris cab accident.

I have a few additional questions to your statement: "As you are probably aware, we were not a party to that litigation and in fact had no knowledge of the case. during it's pendency."

- When referring to "case", are you meaning the litigation or the taxicab accident itself?

- Are you meaning that you yourself and your law firm and no knowledge of the case? And if so, why not? Did the case predate your involvement with the MTC?
- Or are you meaning that the MTC had no knowledge of this case/accident?

To clarify my request, I am requesting documents not necessarily limited to just referencing Ed Domain's suit against Harris Cab, but the MTC documents about accident itself within the scope of my earlier request.

Thank you for any clarification and I look forward to your response.

Best,

Mike Ziegler

From: Charles H Billings

Mr. Ziegler.

The Taxicab commission was not notified of the litigation filed by Mr.
Domain until recently. The Taxicab commission is a Governmental agency
that requires compliance by Vehicles for Hire that are subject to our
code. We do not monitor business operations. A taxicab company is not
required to notify the Taxicab commission of an accident. They are
required to carry insurance.

We are checking records currently to determine if there is some reference
to the accident.

I should have more information next week.

Charles Billings
General Counsel.

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Charles H. Billings
Bruntrager & Billings, P.C.
1735 S. Big Bend Blvd.
St. Louis, Mo 63117
314-646-0066
chb@law-stl.com
************************PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL****************
*This transmission and any attached files are privileged, confidential or
otherwise the exclusive property of the intended recipient or Bruntrager &
Billings, P.C.. If you are not the intended recipient, any disclosure,
copying, distribution or use of any of the information contained in or
attached to this transmission is strictly prohibited. If you have received
this transmission in error, please contact us immediately by e-mail or
telephone, and promptly destroy the original transmission and its
attachments. Opinions, conclusions and other information in this message
that do not relate to the official business of Bruntrager & Billings, P.C.
shall be understood as neither given nor endorsed by it.*

From: St. Louis Metropolitan Taxicab Commission

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Mike Ziegler

Thank you for the follow-up.

In regards to my request, please advise if the MTC has documents for the following:
- verification the driver and car had insurance at the time of the accident
- verification the driver passed a background check upon hiring

Best,

Mike Ziegler

From: Beth Dunham

Mr. Ziegler:

A search of Metropolitan Taxicab records was performed per your follow up request on August 5, 2015 under the Missouri Sunshine Law. That search revealed two documents. Please forward a mailing address to mail your request. No fees will be charged for this request.
Thanks,
Beth Dunham
Custodian of Records
314-535-7700
beth@stl-taxi.com<mailto:beth@stl-taxi.com>

From: Mike Ziegler

Hi Beth,

I appreciate you waving the request fees. I prefer electronic delivery of the documents, if possible, to this email address.

If not, please mail the documents to:

MuckRock
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

Best,

Mike Ziegler

From: Beth Dunham

Hi Mike,

Here are the documents per your Sunshine request.
Thanks!

From: Mike Ziegler

Hi Beth,

Thank you for the documents. Just to make sure I am understanding correctly, is the "Metropolitan Police Department Transcript of Conviction Arrest Information" document you sent over the only background check verification record the MTC has on Asim, and there is no separate FBI records search document?

Thanks for any help.

Best,

Mike

From: Beth Dunham

Hi Mike,

Mr. Asim Khurshid completed FBI fingerprints record check on February 7, 2013. The MTC reviewed his FBI fingerprint check but those records are confidential and are not available to anyone else by law.
Thanks,
Beth Dunham

From: Mike Ziegler

Hi Beth,

That makes sense. Thanks for the clarification!

Enjoy your weekend,

- Mike

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