Fairfax County Taxicab Rates Increase

Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935, FAX 703-324-2010

July 19, 2005


Fairfax County Taxicab Rates Increase

The Board of Supervisors has adopted a request from the Fairfax County taxicab industry to raise rates. Beginning Wednesday, July 20, the drop, distance and waiting time rates charged by Fairfax County taxicabs will increase. The rate of an average fare for an 11-mile trip will go up by 11.3 percent. The following changes will be implemented:

  • The initial drop charge will change from $2.25 for the first one-quarter mile to $2.75 for the first one-fifth mile.
  • The succeeding mileage charge will change from $1.60 per mile to $1.75 per mile (the increment charge changes from 40 cents per one-quarter mile to 35 cents per one-fifth mile).
  • The waiting time charge will change from $18 per hour to $21 per hour (the increment charge changes from 40 cents per 80 seconds to 35 cents per 60 seconds).

The rate increases support the rising costs of providing quality taxicab services, the cost of living for taxicab drivers and rising gasoline prices. The increases also will help in recruiting and retaining qualified, experienced drivers.

The last permanent taxicab fare increase in Fairfax County was approved in February 2001. At that time, the board approved an increase of 7.2 percent on an average fare. The rise in fares was justified on the basis of increases in the cost of living and in gasoline prices.

On July 12, 2004, in response to rapidly increasing prices of gasoline, the board approved an emergency 50-cent gas surcharge. This surcharge on taxicab rates was in effect from July 19, 2004, until Dec. 31, 2004. During the period of the surcharge, gas prices averaged from $1.81 to $2.01 per gallon.

For more information, visit the Consumer Protection Division Web page at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/consumer.htm or call the Department of Cable Communications and Consumer Protection at 703-222-8435, TTY 711.


Fairfax County is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in all county programs, services and activities and will provide reasonable accommodations upon request. To request special accommodations, call 703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935. Please allow five working days in advance of events in order to make the necessary arrangements.


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