Monday, April 21, 2008

Court Agrees with DC Mayor

From today's WaPo

In her ruling, Superior Court Judge Brook Hedge said Fenty has authority under the Home Rule Act and a law passed by Congress in 2006 to order the switch to meters. .

"Since the Mayor had authority to issue rules, he had authority to decide which meter system (time and distance or zone) was in the best interest of the District of Columbia," Hedge wrote in her ruling.

Cabdrivers say it will be impossible for all the city's 7,000 cabdrivers and owners to convert their cabs to meters by the May 1 deadline. Drivers face a $1,000 fine every time they are caught picking up rides without meters after that date.


At 5:24 PM, Blogger Paradise Driver said...

Sounds like there'll be a need for alternative transportation for awhile.

At 6:47 PM, Anonymous Lugosi said...

The drivers were gambling that the court would rule against Fenty, and they got burned.
To me, this whole argument about meters vs. zones is ridiculous. I would venture to guess that 99.99999999% of the world's cabs use meters, yet somehow we're supposed to believe that DC's system is better? As screwed up as everything else is in this city, why would the zone system be the one thing that works.
And as to the cabdrivers' argument that meters will cost passengers more money: Baloney!! That's nothing but a load of crap. Are we honestly supposed to believe that the drivers are worried about their passengers paying MORE money!?!?! No, their big concern is that they won't be able to rip off tourists any more.
Additionally, one of the reasons so many Virginia bound passengers call Red Top is precisely because those cabs have meters. People have learned that many DC cabs will quote $50, $60, or even more for a ride into Fairfax.


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