Metered Cabs in DC?!!

Can this be right, can this be true, can this be HR 3508, the District of Columbia Omnibus Authorization Act which is about to be signed into law?

(a) In General – Except as provided in subsection (b) and not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the District of Columbia shall require all taxicabs licensed in the District of Columbia to charge fares by a metered system.

Might this really be the end of the Byzantine zone system? Of one less psycho taxi driver? Of a logical multi-state taxi rates? And an end to random taxi fare increases?

Not in this bill, in this year, in this lifetime. HR 3508’s very next paragraph says:

(b) District of Columbia Opt Out – The Mayor of the District of Columbia may exempt the District of Columbia from the requirement under subsection (a) by issuing an executive order that specifically states that the District of Columbia opts out of the requirement to implement a metered fare system for taxicabs.

Thanks WTOP

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