Taxi drivers seek $1 fuel surcharge

July 7, 2008 5:05:04 PM PDT
New York City taxi drivers want passengers to pay a $1 fuel surcharge. But the Taxi and Limousine Commission says it's not going to happen. Commissioner and Chairman Matthew W. Daus says that "under no circumstances" will the TLC consider the gas surcharge sought by the New York Taxi Workers Alliance.

Several other U.S. cities have implemented taxi fuel surcharges. Non-regulated industries have raised prices because of higher gas costs.

The TLC has granted taxi drivers two fare increases since 2004.

The city's 43,000 yellow cabbies each put about 20 gallons of gas per shift, according to the taxi alliance. And the drivers say they are losing more than $1,000 monthly because the TLC won't help them.