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Discounted Fares Promotion: DC taxicabs will be offering 30% discounted fares on April 25th from 7:00am to Noon. Transport-DC trips are not part of the promotion.  The drop rate will start at $3.50 and the discount will be applied to the time and distance rates. Extras remain at full rate. At 7:00am the discount rate will automatically come on the meter and removed at 11:59am. Drivers will be paid the full fare but we will need an extra day to make the fare adjustments. 

Face ID: As requested the Driver Face ID image was removed from the back-seat credit card equipment.  Drivers must hang their Face ID on the visor as was done in the past.  Failure to display the Face Id will result in a citation.

Domelight Status: When the meter is Hired or driver is on the way to pickup a dispatched call the domelight must be in the On-Call mode.  Flip-on the ON-CALL switch located in the vehicle.  If the switch is not installed you must get it done immediately.  DFHV is issuing $100.00 citations for every infraction.

In Remembrance: This weekend, the Yellow Cab family said goodbye to one of its most esteemed and respected drivers. Mr. Sylvester Judd (# 911) passed away on Sunday, April 21st. He was 94. Homecoming services for Mr. Judd will be held Saturday, April 28th at St. Aloysius Church at 19 I Street NW. The viewing will be from 9:30 am to 11:00 am with the memorial service following. The burial will be family only. 

Riide App: Yellow Cab is now integrated with Riide a national taxicab mobile app.  You will begin to see these trips on your screen.  The rides are paid for in the App and the Driver notes will remind you.  At the end of the trip hit Account and Submit to close.  A Payment Succeeded or Payment Failed message will be displayed.  If the message is Payment Failed the passenger must pay in the cab.

SMS Pay: We will begin to roll-out of a new iCabbi app release that will install a SMS pay option on the table.  If the credit card system fails or the customer does not know the PIN number of their card, the customer will now be able to pay on their phone and you will not have to call the Dispatcher to manually run a credit card. The SMS option will appear when you hit STOP on the meter. See PDF Instructions

New Tech Changes Future of Current Dome Lights: Several years after all DC taxicabs were instructed to have expensive dome lights installed, it has been found that the this investment by thousand of cab drivers was, for the most part, a waste of time and money. Read the Washington Post blurb here.

FBI To Investigate Michael Cohen’s Taxicab Business: Personal lawyer to President Trump may soon find himself more legal trouble. This time, it has nothing to do with his most high-profile client, but his history in the taxicab business. Once considered one of the heavy hitters in New York City’s vast taxicab industry, the FBI plans to investigate shady dealings that has recently come to light. Read the Huffington Post article here.  

Transport DC: Transport DC members are only permitted to go to places of employment and select medical facilities/pharmacies for the rest of the month of April. Please remember to check that all Transport DC members are carrying proper identification. As of Monday, April 16, we have completed 6,039 Transport DC trips.

Taxi Butler: There are now 20 Taxi Butler locations throughout the city. Here is a list of locations with the installed Taxi Butler device.

  • Adams Inn – 1746 Lanier Place NW
  • Avenue Suites Georgetown – 2500 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
  • Jindal-Andre Automotive – 1636 Bladensburg Road NE
  • Del Mar de Fabio Trabocchi – 791 Wharf Street SW
  • Fairfield Inn – 2305 New York Avenue NE
  • Hampton Inn and Suites, Navy Yard – 1265 First Street SE
  • Hampton Inn Hotel – 501 New York Avenue NE
  • Hilton Garden Inn – 1225 First Street NE
  • Holiday Inn Suites -1917 Bladensburg Road NE
  • Homewood Suites – 465 New York Avenue NW
  • Homewood Suites by Hilton – 501 B New York Avenue NE
  • Pod DC Hotel – 627 H Street NW
  • Courtyard Marriott – 1325 2nd Street NW
  • Victory Heights Apartments – 1369 Irving Street NW
  • Hive Hotel – 2224 F Street NW
  • Willard Intercontinental Hotel – 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
  • Intercontinental Washington DC – 801 Wharf Street SW
  • Hampton Inn Washington DC White House – 1729 H Street NW
  • Greenbriar Condominiums – 4301 Massachusetts Avenue NW

TLPA News: The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) is presenting a potential path to a level playing field between ride-sharing apps and Yellow Cab with a pilot program that will feature surge pricing and up-front cost estimates. Read here.

A competitive disadvantage would be an understatement when pitting local Mom & Pop taxicab companies against the $40 billion behemoths Uber and Lyft. However, several companies have gone toe-to-toe with the ride-sharing heavyweights and have managed to hold their own. Read the Gloucester times article here.

Several years and several hundred thousand of dollars lost in Medallion investments, the New York City has seen its taxi cab industry turned upside down. But the New York Post says NYC has a moral duty to play fair with Yellow Cabs.

Long before a test self-driver car struck and killed an Arizona woman’s life earlier this month, this latest venture by Uber was showing signs of being faulty. This deadly and unfortunate tragedy is only the latest in a long list of Uber’s missteps.  Read here.

How much money can you make driving with Uber? According to this article detailing the costs of regular maintenance and the unforeseen, not as much as you’d think.  Read here.

Taxicab Operator’s Pocket Guide: Click to review the Easter Seals Project Action’s taxicab operator guide. This pocket guide covers driver responsibilities for serving passengers under the ADA, disability etiquette, mobility aids, assisting customers with service animals, and passenger responsibilities.  Taxicab ADA Brochure Frequently Asked Questions on Taxi PDF version

Taxicab ADA Brochure Frequently Asked Questions on Taxi PDF version: This brochure outlines in question and answer format taxicab companies’ responsibilities under the ADA and is geared toward managers and owners.

Here are the latest editions of DFHV Newsletters (March 2018)