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Breaking News: City Wins Cab Dispute

The Associated Press is reporting the following:

A judge has ruled in the city's favor in a dispute over Mayor Adrian Fenty's order for D.C. taxis to switch to time-and-distance meters for calculating fares.

Fenty announced last October the city would change from the zone system to meters. But a group of cab drivers tried to block the switch in court, arguing Fenty had overstepped his authority.

Many taxi drivers had been holding off on paying the estimated $350 for a meter until the court challenge was resolved.

The new taxi rules are set to go into effect May 1. City officials say drivers who have not installed meters by then will face a $1,000 fine every time they're caught picking up riders without meters.

By David A Nakamura  |  April 21, 2008; 9:57 AM ET
Categories:  David Nakamura , Mayor Fenty  
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