Posts Tagged ‘D.C. Taxicab Commission’

Uber’s Next Fight With the D.C. Council? A Wheelchair-Accessibility Bill

The company opposes legislation that would require them to report the number of requests for these vehicles.

D.C. Cab Commission on Discrimination Allegations: “We’re Confident in Our Performance”

D.C. Councilmember Tommy Wells called on the D.C. Office of Human Rights this week to investigate racism allegations surrounding the D.C. Taxicab Commission and taxi drivers, who have been accused of not picking up prospective customers because of their race or disability.
Wells, who is running for mayor and previously oversaw the Transportation Committee on the [...]

About 75 Percent of Cabs Now Have the Required Dome Lights

Most District residents probably care a lot less about D.C. cabs' new dome lights than the vehicles' credit card readers, but to taxis—which can be impounded if they're caught without the required head gear—they matter a great deal.
The D.C. Taxicab Commission says 4,898 cabs have installed the dome lights, out of an estimated 6,500 licensed [...]

Teaser Released for Dramatic Documentary on D.C. Taxicabs

A teaser for the blockbuster D.C. taxicab documentary you may or may not have been waiting is out today, and if the background music is any indication, it's going to be dramatic.
Director Julie Espinosa posted the teaser to her YouTube channel and wrote that she would be following reform in the D.C. taxicab industry over [...]

D.C. Cab Commission Says New Regulations Not About Uber

The D.C. Taxicab Commission has been slammed this week for passing regulations that restrict competition and effectively prevent luxury sedan service Uber's new offshoot, UberX, from operating in the city.
In the District, traditional taxicabs and sedan services operate under different sets of regulations. For instance, a sedan cannot be hailed by customers on the side [...]

More Than 60 Percent of Cabs Won’t Have Credit Card Readers by Sept. 1 Deadline

The long-awaited Sept. 1 celebration when every single D.C. cab would allow credit card payment is now 30 more days away.
About 4,200 District cabs said they would not meet the D.C. Taxicab Commission's Sept. 1 deadline to install electronic payment readers in their cabs and applied to the agency for a 30-day extension. That amounts [...]

Why You Still Can’t Find a Cab That Takes Credit Cards

The D.C. Taxicab Commission may have voted to install credit card readers in cabs more than two months ago, but a taxi that lets you pay with plastic is still harder to find than a seat on the Red Line during rush hour.
According to DCTC chair Ron Linton, only about 200 cabs out of the [...]

Taxi Fares Go Up Today, Sort Of

Starting today, the minimum price of a D.C. cab ride goes up from $3 to $3.25. But there's a catch.
In order to charge the additional 25 cents, drivers need to get the long-awaited credit card machines installed in their cabs. The drivers have until August 31 to get the machines. From now until the end [...]

Uber Fight Will Turn Millenials Into Republicans, or at Least This Guy Thinks So

The news of yet another regulatory fight over once-and-future controversial sedan service Uber has provoked eye-rolls and, from Mayor Vince Gray's chief of staff, moaning about "the Uber zombie hordes." But not everyone is so blasé about capitalism! American Conservative Union Executive Director Gregg Keller thinks that Uber's Washington woes could help Republicans win [...]

The Needle: Uber Debate Returns

Forever War: Can you muster enough feeling—on a Friday, no less!—to care about another bout between once-controversial sedan service Uber and the D.C. Taxicab Commission? This time, it involves Uber Taxi. -4
Tunnel of Love: Metro is launching a new week-long pass aimed at people who take frequent, short trips. +2

Chatty Taxi Drivers Earn Suspensions

Drive around the District and it's easy to see—cab drivers like hanging out at gas stations. For two cabbies, though, their passion for gas station chitchat could lead to the end of their careers.
Drivers Sharanjit Singh and Ephream Esheterom had their licenses suspended indefinitely today by the D.C. Taxicab Commission, all because they wouldn't leave [...]

D.C. Cabs Should Accept Credit Cards By End of August, Commission Says

You'd be forgiven for being skeptical after so many delays, but the D.C. Taxicab Commission voted today to require that all D.C. cabs install the equipment to accept credit card payments by Aug. 31. For real this time.
But it's not all good news for passengers: The new meters will also come with a $0.25 base [...]

New Cab Design Is Inspired by Circulator Buses

The D.C. Taxicab Commission voted on the long-awaited uniform color scheme. As reported earlier this week, it's going to be red with a gray strip—see it above on a Ford Crown Victoria. In a press release, the commission compares the design to the DC Circulator buses.
Take a look after the jump to see how it [...]

Uber Customers Unleash #uberdclove on Twitter

Sedan/taxi service Uber is gearing up for another fight with the District's government over regulations, which means that it's time once again for Uber to summon its legion of social media-savvy fans. In a blog post on the company's site, CEO Travis Kalanick urged customers to tweet their support.
"Keep the love alive with #UberDCLove," he [...]

Cabbies Crabby Over End of Gas Surcharge

The D.C. Taxicab Commission's $1 fuel surcharge on cab rides expired Wednesday. While customers may welcome the lower fare charge, District taxi drivers aren’t pleased.
“There is no fair rationale behind that,” Yellow Cab Company driver John Mills says. “They shouldn’t be able to just stick their finger up in the air and say the surcharge [...]

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