D.C. cabs charging extra $15 during storm

Local,Transportation,Liz Essley

D.C. cabs are charging an extra $15 to their normal fares for Hurricane Sandy service.

The District's taxicab commission authorized the emergency fee Monday morning, to take effect from noon Monday through noon Tuesday, unless officials decide later to extend it.

The fee is the same as taxis charge during snow emergencies. Drivers are required to explain the extra cost and prominently display a sign about the emergency measure on the back of the cab's front seats.

Fees for Uber, a popular towncar service, remain normal, said company spokeswoman Rachel Holt.

"We will continue to monitor the weather as safety is our No. 1 priority. Any pricing changes would [as always] appear in the app," Holt said in an email.

Uber charges are higher than normal cab rates, but with the new emergency fee for cabs, could be lower depending on the trip.

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