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Posted at 05:55 PM ET, 04/25/2012

Higher D.C. cab fares might take a while


This sticker means you’re paying more. (D.C. Taxicab Commission)
It could be weeks before all D.C. taxi cabs are charging new, higher fares, city taxi regulators say.

The new rates that went into effect last Saturday allow drivers to charge $2.16 per mile of travel versus the previous $1.50, along with modifications to various other fees. But because cabs must visit a limited number of certified service locations to have their meters individually reprogrammed and certified to charge the new rates, the changeover process is not immediate.

Most cabs, according to a D.C. Taxicab Commission statement, will be charging the new fares by mid-May. Cabs have until May 31 to be recalibrated.

If you’d like to save yourself a buck or two in the coming days, there’s handy visual guide to whether a cab has the old rates or the new rates. Cabs whose meters have been updated will sport a new red DCTC decal, as seen above. Cabs still charging the old rates have the older, blue-encircled sticker.

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