As of midnight Tuesday, the DC Taxicab Commission's emergency gasoline surcharge ended. Passengers of District taxicabs will no longer be required to pay an additional $1 surcharge per trip.
The surcharge was initiated by the commission in mid-March because of the rising cost of crude oil and the war in Iraq. Since the implementation of the surcharge, gasoline prices have steadily declined and the commission decided to discontinue the surcharge.
Due to a requirement of law and concerns voiced by taxicab operators, the commission is reviewing its current rate structure and will determine if a rate increase is warranted in September 2003.