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Snow Emergency Fares Without Fare Cap

Friday, January 6, 2012
The DC Taxi Commission has prepared a Snow Emergency Fare Chart to direct both passengers and drivers as to what the fare (with the snow emergency premium) would be in the event of a declared snow emergency.

In anticipation of a snow event in the coming months and the unlikelihood that the current meters will be reprogrammed to remove the Rate 1 and Rate 3 fare caps prior to a snow event, the DC Taxi Commission has prepared a Snow Emergency Fare Chart to direct both passengers and drivers as to what the fare (with the snow emergency premium) would be in the event of a declared snow emergency. 

Because the Rate 3 (Snow Emergency) button, like the Rate 1 button, was designed to “cap” at the $19 maximum fare (plus the snow emergency additional amount) this button should not be used.  In lieu of the Rate 3 button, the Commission has distributed the attached Snow Emergency Fare Chart which must to used by all drivers to calculate the fare in a declared snow emergency.   All drivers should be using Rate 2 to establish the base fare.  

NOTE:  Drivers shall NOT tamper with their meters to remove the fare cap, but shall use the Snow Emergency Fare Chart in the interim.  Once a final fare adjustment is approved, all meters will be reprogrammed by DCTC licensed meter shops to remove all caps and program the new approved fares into the meters.  Please be patient.