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D.C. cab drivers could have charged a $15 snow fee, but most didn’t | The Washington Post

Every D.C. cab had the option of tacking on an extra $15 fee to fares during Tuesday’s city-declared “snow emergency,” but not many drivers actually asked passengers to dish out the extra cash.

Cabs were authorized to charge the $15 “snow emergency fare” from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, the cab industry’s version of surge pricing. The idea is to encourage cab drivers to go out on the streets during inclement conditions to meet customer demand.

D.C. Taxicab Commission spokesman Neville Waters provided some very preliminary data, showing that most drivers opted not to charge the $15, likely to prevent dissuading people from riding in cabs altogether Tuesday.

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D.C. cab drivers could have charged a $15 snow fee, but most didn’t.

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