Taxicab Meters: Hearing, Ninety-second Congress, Second Session, on S. 3091 ...

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Page 4 - Acting Chairman of the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia. I am accompanied today by Commissioner William R.
Page 5 - Act shall not be used for or in connection with the preparation, issuance, publication, or enforcement of any regulation or order of the Public Service Commission requiring the installation of meters in taxicabs, or for or in connection with the licensing of any vehicle to be operated as a taxicab except for operation in accordance with such system of uniform zones and rates and regulations applicable thereto as shall have been prescribed...
Page 91 - ... or 25£ per passenger. Extra passenger charges are recorded separately in the meter and are clearly indicated to the passenger. This eliminates arguments with respect to extra charges since the amounts are plainly visible to the passengers. 7. There is a lack of supervision and control over zone operations which is an inherent characteristic of the system. A comparison with certain features of meter operations will explain this aspect of zones. Taximeters are inspected, tested and sealed at regular...
Page 56 - That's a lot of money and in the final analysis will be paid by the public. The little cab drivers and operators can't afford to put up such money and will be put out of business. It is only natural for the big cab companies to want meters. They can, with the increased rates caused by meters, make more money, with less cost and less cabs, then at present. Of course, the DC Transit Co. want meters. It will drive more people back to riding streetcar and buses. But, why do you favor meters? The Washington...
Page 90 - Z-8-70) that only 1,400 to 1,600 taxicabs out of 9, 546 are on the street during morning or afternoon rush hours according to a Public Service Commission Study. This scarcity of cabs during rush hours greatly contributes to the urban transit problem of moving ,passengers quickly and efficiently. This problem is solved automatically with taximeters because they are constructed to shift over from mileage rate to clock time at low speeds and during stoppage in traffic. In this way the driver is being...
Page 90 - About two thirds of the metered cities there is no charge for extra passengers. Four or five passengers may ride for the price of one. However, rate schedules in about 1/3 of the metered cities do include nominal charges for extra passengers. Such charges may be in amounts of 10£, 15£, 20^ or 25£ per passenger. Extra passenger charges are recorded separately in the meter and are clearly indicated to the passenger. This eliminates arguments with respect to extra charges since the amounts are plainly...
Page 87 - MANUFACTURING COMPANY This statement is being submitted as previously suggested to cover reasons for our recommendations for a change in present legislation dealing with taxicab operations in the District of Columbia. We refer specifically to the rider in the Annual District of Columbia Appropriation Bill which restricts appropriations from being used for or in connection with the preparation, issuance, publication or enforcement of any regulation or order of the Public Service Commission requiring...
Page 91 - ... which they are used. This assures the public that meters are within city tolerance for time and distance and are set to correct rates. Meters are connected electrically to cab top light system to indicate when meter is in use. Whenever the taxicab is occupied by a passenger, the top light will indicate that the passenger is paying for his trip through the meter. These are two aspects of meter control and protection not supplied by the zone system. In summarizing, the various undesirable aspects...
Page 6 - ... Commission requiring the installation of meters in taxicabs: Provided that this prohibition shall not be construed to affect any order or part of an order of said Public Utilities Commission other than with respect to the requirement of the installation of such meters." Early in 1932, the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia in City Cab Corporation v. Patrick, et al, Equity No. 53, 736, PUR 1932 C 1, upheld the validity of Order 956. The Court also held the then existing zone system to be...

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