Vincent Gray: Riders need fairness from taxi industry

Posted at 02:37 PM ET, 05/08/2012

Vincent Gray: Riders need fairness from taxi industry

By Nikita Stewart, Washington Post

Mayor Vincent C. Gray said his administration is looking at increasing the number of inspectors to monitor numerous violations by taxi drivers against riders at night at Union Station, which were recently detailed in a Washington Post story.

(Rachel Karas – The Washington Post)In an interview Tuesday, Gray (D) said his administration has worked hard on compromises to help taxi drivers by lifting the $19 cap on fares, instituting a gas surcharge and recently increasing the mileage rate.

“We’re trying to be fair to the industry but also want to be fair to customers,” he said.

The Washington Post found that drivers, who were not under the watch of inspectors, were picking and choosing passengers and requiring strangers to pile into one cab — all violations.

Gray said taxi cab commissioner Ron Linton has already proposed increasing the number of hack inspectors. Meanwhile, the commission is also working on long-term changes, such as uniformity in color of the cabs and the installation of credit card machines in taxis.

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