By Mike Dunn
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia Parking Authority, which oversees taxi operations in the city, today voted to add a fluctuating surcharge to the cost of riding a cab in Philadelphia.
Taxi owners, who say they have been suffering under rising fuel prices, are pleased.
The Parking Authority board has imposed temporary gas surcharges in the past — most recently last summer.
But now, the board has approved what amounts to a constant surcharge for taxi rides based on the average cost of gasoline in the region for the previous month.
“Right now we are at, based on April’s prices, $4.04 per gallon for regular gasoline, and a surcharge of $1.20 would be warranted,” says Taxi and Limousine Division director Jim Nye.
So, starting May 1st, a $1.20 surcharge is added to the base fare of $2.70 and the distance charge of 23 cents per 1/10th mile.
[EDITOR’S NOTE: Despite Nye’s quote, the fuel surcharge for May was set at $1.25 per trip.]
Nye says the surcharge will fluctuate monthly, depending on the average price per gallon of gasoline, and the full schedule of surcharge rates — which mirrors the schedule used by the state Public Utility Commission, which oversees taxis elsewhere it the state — can be found at the Authority’s web site, philapark.org (link above).