Taxicab fuel surcharge in D.C. is set to expire

WASHINGTON – The fuel surcharge that D.C. taxicabs have been collecting from passengers for the past 16 months is set to end.

The $1 per trip surcharge was under a temporary regulation that expires at midnight on Wednesday, June 20, the DC Taxicab Commission anno unced Saturday.

The surcharge was first imposed on March 3, 2011, when the price for regular unleaded gasoline in the District was $3.45 a gallon.

It was extended three times, on July 27, 2011; November 18, 2011; and March 6, 2012, when per-gallon gas prices had risen to $3.85.

Fuel prices are expected to decline throughout the summer. The current average daily price in D.C. is $3.66 per gallon.

“The Commission will continue to monitor the cost of gasoline throughout the summer and fall, and should conditions change, it will consider appropriate action,” Ron M. Linton, the Commission’s chairman, said.

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