Philadelphia Parking Authority adds $1 surcharge to cab rides

    Need a cab today? It’ll cost you a bit more. The Philadelphia Parking Authority has added a surcharge to offset fuel costs.

    The PPA board authorized a $1 per ride surcharge yesterday on all cab rides in the city, beginning at midnight Friday morning. Just in time for the holiday weekend.

    “The surge in fuel prices has placed a tremendous burden on taxicab drivers because they are generally responsible for buying their own gasoline,” PPA Executive Director Vince Fenery said in a short release. “While nobody likes to impose any kind of surcharge, the board felt it was necessary and appropriate in the face of escalating fuel costs that have been steadily increasing over the past several months.”

    Cab drivers reportedly asked for the surcharge, which will last 90 days.

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