POL Government Elected Officials Auditor Hull Caballero Charter, Code & Policies City Code & Charter Online Code & Charter Title 16 Vehicles and Tra Chapter 16.40 Private For-Hire Transportation Regulations.
16.40.290 Taxicab Fare Rates.

(Amended by Ordinance No. 185722, effective November 7, 2012.)


A.  The following are the maximum rates that can be charged for the transportation of passengers in taxicabs for trips within the City limits:


1.  An initial charge of $2.50, for one passenger, and waiting time at a rate of $30 per hour or proportionate fraction thereof;


2.  Subsequent to the initial charge provided for in Subsection 16.40.290 A.1., the maximum charges may not exceed $2.60 per mile; and


3.  For each extra passenger, $1 additional charge.


B.  Taxi companies are authorized, per company policy, to require that passengers must use cash only to pay for fares of less than $5.  If a taxi company has such a policy in effect, it must post that policy in all taxiplated taxicabs in a manner consistent with the requirements of Subsection 16.40.290 G.


C.  The Bureau has the authority to perform a rate study annually to determine appropriate maximum meter rates. 


D.  If there is more than one passenger during a taxi trip, the last person leaving the cab is responsible for the entire fare – regardless of when other passengers boarded or disembarked.  The taximeter is started at the beginning of the trip but not again until the last passenger has arrived at that passenger’s destination.


E.  No extra charge is to be made for transporting any items belonging to a passenger if those items fit within the interior of the taxicab (including the trunk but not the front seat), provided that the items in total can be carried by the driver and/or passenger(s) in one walking trip from the vehicle to the building entrance, and each item can be carried by a single person.


F.  No charge is to be made for time lost or distance traveled while the taxicab is disabled. No charge is to be made for traveling empty while en route to pick up a passenger, unless the person requesting the taxicab unreasonably refuses to hire it after it arrives, in which case an amount equal to the minimum charge on file as specified in Subsection 16.40.290 A. may be charged.


G.  A clear and complete summary of a taxi company’s rate schedule must be posted in a conspicuous place in the passenger compartment of every taxicab.  Every taxicab company must provide the Administrator with a copy this summary prior to posting them in the taxis.  A summary of the meter rate in a form approved by the Administrator must be placed in a manner to be visible from the outside of every taxicab.  If the Administrator approves a change of rate schedule upon proper filing by the taxi company, the taximeter, rate card, and rates posted must be converted for every taxicab within 30 days. The rates posted must match those used in the taximeter of any taxicab in service.