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D.C. taxi drivers may charge more during a snow emergency

If you venture out Saturday and decide you want to take a taxi to get around the District -- if you can -- remember that a snow emergency is in effect as of 7 a.m. That means taxi drivers can charge an extra 25 percent above normal rates. According to District officials, a preprogrammed button will automatically add the surcharge.

By Michael Bolden  |  December 19, 2009; 5:00 AM ET
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And with the added 25%, the drivers will be closer to a parity with other cities in the nation at least for a day.

Posted by: starclimber9 | December 19, 2009 8:43 AM | Report abuse

As an independent owner of a DC taxicab what incentive do I have to work for slave wages.

It's not worth it under the old zone system double the fare in case my cab get stuck or an accident I would have a fair chance to cover my loss.

For the first time in 45 years in a snow storm that I did not work and I'M sure other DC taxicab drivers that lost 30 to 40 percent of there income did not work also, so the loss was to the ridding public in this Emergency.

If you think so, then call the mayor and city council and let them know.>>Peace and Love, once a committed DC Taxicab/Owner/Driver. Billy Ray Edwards

Posted by: bredwards | December 20, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Hell no Bredwards. I'm sorry but I'll take cheaper and honest fares year round over snow emergency service once every 6 years.

You guys brought it on yourselves.

Posted by: thedude1974 | December 21, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

I think it's better that less cars are on the road anyway during a bad snow storm. So it's is great that less cabbies were out there to "get stuck or an accident"

As for the new meters, who can argue against it. It just makes so much sense. Many cabbies are prob upset that they have to report proper income with the meter system.

Posted by: andybeberman | December 22, 2009 3:24 AM | Report abuse

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