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Posted at 2:44 PM ET, 06/ 1/2010

D.C. cabbies say meters hurting income

By Washington Post editors

D.C. cab drivers distributed fliers throughout the District Monday to talk about the impact the switch to meters has had on their bottom line.

Nathan Price, president of the D.C. Area Professional Taxicab Drivers Association, said drivers lost about 30 percent of their income when the District switched from the zone to metered system. They blame Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) for setting fares too low.

It has been two years since the city moved to a time-distance system.

By Washington Post editors  | June 1, 2010; 2:44 PM ET
Categories:  DC  | Tags:  Adrian Fenty, cab, meter, taxi, zone  
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Comments

If the cabbies don't like it, why don't they find a profession that's not saturated?

Posted by: kenk3 | June 1, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Cabbies don't like the meters because it takes away their ability to CHEAT customers...I have been in this area since 1956 and many times I caught cabs from point A to point B with the fare being different...

Most didn't understand the zone map in their cab and knew for sure I and many others didn't also....It's about time they got a taste of their own medicine....

Posted by: pentagon40 | June 1, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Boo hoo.

We are not going back.

Posted by: anarcho-liberal-tarian | June 1, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Now that cabbies can no longer cheat customers, their whining will never stop.

Posted by: checkered1 | June 1, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Too bad. You wouldn't be honest on the zone system. Blame yourselves.

Posted by: jckdoors | June 1, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

If the Taxicab Drivers spent more time cleaning their cars rather than complaining, maybe more people would be inclined to use them. With a few exceptions, most DC cabs are filthy inside and out. Does DC have cleanliness standards set into law or practice for DC Taxicabs? If so, does anyone enforce them? It would benefit everyone (especially the drivers) if visitors and residents were able to spread the word about how great DC Taxicabs are. However, bad service equals less business and a shrinking bottom line. Clean it up Cabbies...Customer Service is king.

Posted by: mboland151 | June 1, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Waaaaaa...

This has all been rehased before and the cabbies and their cab association keep coming out looking like buffoons.

Cabbies under the non-meter zone system spent decades "making the fares up as they went", charing whatever they wanted and underreporting their incomes to avoid the taxes.

That was all fine and good until the meters were instituted and the Taxicab association only had the "official" pay reciepts cabbies filled out...the ones where they underreported their income, to use as a metric to set fares. Lo and behold, you are "making less" now. Golly gee...imagine that.

So you spent decades bilking riders and the IRS at the same time, and now you expect anyone to feel bad for you?

Why don't you try changing the oil every 100K miles or so in that busted dealth trap jalopy you drive around town. Then we will talk about a fare hike.

Posted by: Nosh1 | June 1, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

The meters in annapolis start at 2.00 and then 2.00 per mile. if I am not mistaken the ones in PG County start at 3.00 what in the heck does these cab drivers want the meter to start at? They just miss the money they are used to making when they could cheat people with zone system. they say the rates are to low and I say they need to get another job to supplement there income. and they also need to offer clean cabs, some need to learn how to take a bath once in a while, speak English, and learn your way around the area. when you do that then maybe then you can ask for a rate increase.

Posted by: browneyes1 | June 1, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

How is your taxi service, now meters are in dc taxicabs, hard to get a cab in some parts of the city Right.

You can think the lobby group that has posted below and didn't care if African Americans owner/drivers in this historical independent industry have lost there Public Vehicle for Hire License by being replaced with a Certificate that gave big business and large taxicab companies a chance to monopolize and control the industry by shutting independents out with a slave labor force.

It's done own the backs of taxicab/ owners/drivers that pays for there tags, all fees and repairs, and don't have a vested interest or own a Public Vehicle for Hire License that would give them a vested interest to go to the bank to put new equipment on the street because of a vested for some owners/drivers such as myself after 44 years of quality service to this Community.

When the meters were installed the system should have been closed, no were in the world a taxicab system when meters are installed remains open.

Owner/drivers should have been Grandfathered to have a vested interest by face Hack ID card number to be fair or those left standing with a DC Taxicab Certificate and then we want have this kind of crap written by an organized lobbying group thats want to reinstute Slavery below.

Billy Ray Edwards, doing what ever it takes to get a vested interest in my life long chosen profession as a DC Hack/Taxicab/Owner/Operator.

Posted by: bredwards | June 1, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

The cabbies and their association are just criminals. They cheated customers for decades. It's no surprise that they now make less, they can't cheat people and have to report their earnings to the IRS. DC has finally joined every other city and jurisdiction in the US with metered cabs.

Posted by: jabreal00 | June 1, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

How is your taxi service, now meters are in dc taxicabs, hard to get a cab in some parts of the city Right.

You can think the lobby group that has posted above and don't care if African Americans owner/drivers in this historical independent industry have lost there Public Vehicle for Hire License and have been replaced with a Certificate that has no value.

Because big business and large taxicab companies want to monopolize and control this industry by shutting independent taxicab owners out with Slave Labor Force thats done own the backs of taxicab/ owners/drivers that pays for tags, all fees and repairs, and don't have a vested interest or own a Public Vehicle for Hire License that would give them a vested interest to go to the bank with to put new equipment on the streets.

If we had a vested intrest some owners/drivers of dc taxicabs such as myself with 44 years of quality service to this Community would have the chance to live the so call American dream.

Also when the meters were installed in to the system it should have been closed, no were in the world is a taxicab system where meters are installed remains Open.

Taxicab/Owner/Drivers should be Grandfathered to have a vested interest by face Hack ID card number to be fair or those left standing with a DC Taxicab Certificate.

Then for sure we want have this kind of crap written by an organized lobbying group that want to reinstute Slavery in the First and Last Free Enterprise system that elevated people of color above the Level of Poverty in Washingtion DC.

Billy Ray Edwards, doing what ever it takes to get a vested interest in my life long chosen profession as a DC Hack/Taxicab/Owner/Operator

Posted by: bredwards | June 1, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

oh boo hoo cabbies, now you are forced to charged an honest price, i do not feel sorry for you at all

Posted by: FormerUpstater | June 1, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

browneyes1,

The current D.C. Cab rate is 3.00 at starting 1.50 for each mile, the mile rate is way below the surroinding areas like you discribed. What they are asking is for it to come to the same rate as the others. There is also a 19.00 dollar cap, so a D.C. cabby driving within the city will have to give free service ones the meter reaches 19.00 dollars. Does that sound right?

The meter fares were set 33% below the fares of the zone system and that is even as metro fares have increased by 36% during the same time frame from 1.25 to 1.70 for bus rides. Does that sound logical?

Posted by: MoiandI | June 2, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

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