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Fairfax supervisor urges review of taxi rates as drivers struggle with higher gas prices, other expenses

With gas prices having recently hit $4 a gallon, Hunter Mill District supervisor Catherine M. Hudgins (D) on Tuesday urged Fairfax County officials to review taxi rates and surcharges for possible adjustments to help drivers deal with rising costs.

Although Hudgins noted that many people rely on taxi service to navigate the 400-square-mile suburb, she also said cab drivers have come to her to say that they been having trouble making ends meet under the current rates. Hudgins, speaking at the Board of Supervisors’ regular meeting Tuesday, urged county staff to conduct a study of the current rates while taking into account inflation, operating costs and the monthly leasing fees that drivers must pay to taxi cab companies.

Hudgins said the rates and surcharges, which have been regulated by county code since 1958, have not been updated since 2008.


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