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My First Taxi Meter


On the way back to the Post after covering the Fraternal Order of Police memorial service, I took my first D.C. cab with a time and distance meter installed. Here are the stats:

Trip: From 441 4th St. NW to 1150 15th St. NW
Start Fare: $3.00 plus $1.50 for an additional passenger (fellow scribe Allison Klein) and $1.00 gas surcharge.
Final Fare: $6.75 plus $2.50 equals a total of $9.25
What it would have been under zone system: $6.50 for one zone plus $1.50 for additional rider plus $1.00 gas surcharge equals a total of $9.00


Reason our cab had a meter already (most are waiting until June 1):


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Both cabs I rode in yesterday had meters, neither of which were running. I asked the first driver whether the meter was working and he said he didn't have to start using it until June 1.

Posted by: NE to NW traveler | May 9, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

I was wondering the same thing. I've seen lots of cabs with the meter plate already installed. What more is there to do? Surely the meter just mounts and that's that.

Personally I'd tell any cabbie without a meter he gets no tip.

Posted by: ah | May 9, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

the honest taxi drivers got no fear, they will be making the same amount of money //the dishonest drivers will be needing new tricks to compensate with their old tricks on the zone system,, i heard they will be adding some extra amount to vulnerable tourist leaving to go back to their home// the dishonest cab drivers think that since they are leaving town these tourist will not waste time to make complaints in writing// another trick will be driving them around the world to go to point a to point b // the locals are safe because they know the way//i am just sorry for the out of towners//if you are an honest cab driver my writing should not concern you and i personally congratulate you for being honest// if you are a dishonest cab driver, don't get mad because it's true//one thing i can suggest is be fair to the passengers and to your brothers and sisters in the cab industry// you are making them look bad//change your evil ways...

Posted by: taxilette | May 25, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

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