Monday, July 7, 2008
NYC taxi commission: No fuel surcharge
Taxi and Limousine Commissioner Matthew Daus says that “under no circumstances” will the TLC consider the $1 gas surcharge sought by the New York Taxi Workers Alliance.
AP) - New York City taxi drivers want passengers to pay a $1 fuel surcharge. But the Taxi and Limousine Commission says it's not going to happen.
Commissioner and Chairman Matthew Daus says that “under no circumstances” will the TLC consider the gas surcharge sought by the New York Taxi Workers Alliance. The Alliance is meeting Monday at the TLC’s Manhattan headquarters to propose the extra $1 on their meters, an effort to offset increasing gas prices.
Several other U.S. cities have implemented taxi fuel surcharges. Non-regulated industries have raised prices because of higher gas costs.
The taxi alliance says the city's 43,000 yellow-cab drivers each use about 20 gallons of gas per shift and lose more than $1,000 a month because the TLC won't help them. It says it proposed a fuel surcharge when Hurricane Katrina crippled refining capacity and pushed gas prices above $3 per gallon in 2005 but the TLC rejected the idea.
The TLC has granted taxi drivers two fare increases since 2004