DC Taxi Fare Switch to Meters Final June 1st?

taxi yellow cabThe Washington Post reports today the District has won round 1 against the cab drivers in the battle over zones and meters in the nation’s capitol. 

(From The Washington Post) D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty said today cabdrivers must install meters by the May 1 deadline or face $1,000 fines. 

Drivers who are caught without meters will receive a warning ticket for infractions from May 1 through May 31. They must then install a meter or the warning will convert to the $1,000 fine.

Beginning June 1, drivers without meters will receive the fines each time they are caught. Taxi inspectors will conduct spot checks and the police department will assist them. 

Fenty (D) won a significant court ruling yesterday in favor of his plan to require time-and-distance meters in all city cabs, while taxi drivers said they will continue their legal fight to keep the decades-old zone-fare system.  

Read the full story here…

I published a Google Maps mashup in January (view at washingtonpost.com/taxifares/) that allows a consumer-focused price comparison between the two systems . Enter your own route or try a sample route. See the route plotted on a map and calculate your savings (or loss). The map markers can be repositioned interactively if you don’t know a street address but do know a location.

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