Taxi fare cleared up
Thankfully, Annette Chaparro, who works at the city’s Division of Taxi & Limousine Licensing department, sent Hoboken411 an email to clear this confusion up. I suppose I could have looked into this a bit more, but I’m glad some kind of accurate explanation was achieved nonetheless.
Here’s a summary:
- The $5.00 rate applies to taxis from the TAXI STAND only, or YELLOW cabs flagged down on the street. This applies to ordinance 179A.
- The $6.00 rate applies to INDIAN WAY CAR SERVICE (Livery) only. Apparently they’re the only one “on file” to charge the $6.00 rate (if you call for a cab from your home, party or bar). This falls under Ordinance 180A.
You can see the modified ordinances here (about halfway into the 100 page PDF).
Here’s a section of ordinance 180A that specifies “Livery” rates:
§ 180-17.3. Livery rates.
A livery may charge any rate for its services, provided that:
A. The rate schedule is on file with the Division of Taxi and Limousine Licensing of the City of Hoboken. The rates schedule must conform to the rules of this section. A rate schedule may be changed only once in a calendar month.
B. The current rate schedule must be posted conspicuously in the passenger compartment of the vehicle and be on file with the Division of Taxi and Limousine Licensing of the City of Hoboken. No fee that differs, either higher or lower, from the fee set forth in the fee schedule on file with the Division of Taxi and Limousine Licensing may be charged for any trip.
Message from Annette Chaparro
I KNOW OUR CONSTITUENTS ARE FRUSTRATED AND I CAN’T BLAME THEM. I AM A ONE WOMAN OPERATION AND WILL DO EVERYTHING I CAN TO IMPROVE THINGS. THE HOBOKEN POLICE DEPARTMENT IS CURRENTLY WORKING WITH THE DIVISON OF TAXI & LIMOUSINE ON ENFORCEMENT. THE $5.00 FARE IS FOR YELLOW TAXI ONLY.
ALL OTHER CAR SERVICES THAT ARE LICENSED BY THE CITY WILL HAVE A CIRCULAR CITY LOGO ON THE DRIVER’S DOOR AND THE PASSENGER’S FRONT DOOR. ALL DRIVERS SHOULD HAVE A TEMPORARY OR PERMANENT CITY LICENSE. OUR DRIVERS ARE FINGERPRINTED AND DRUG TESTED. INDIAN WAY CAR SERVICE SINCE MAY 2008 CHARGES $6.00 WITHIN HOBOKEN. THE CITY ONLY REGULATES FARES WITHIN HOBOKEN.
ALL OTHER CARS WITHOUT THE CITY LOGOS ARE NOT LICENSED BY THE CITY OF HOBOKEN AND SHOULD NOT BE PICKING UP PASSENGERS. WE HAVE NO WAY OF KNOWING IF THE DRIVERS HAVE A VALID DMV LICENSE, CAR INSURANCE OR A CRIMINAL BACKGROUND. WE ASK THE PUBLIC NOT TO USE THOSE VEHICLES FOR THEIR OWN SAFETY.
PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT YOU CAN ONLY HAIL A HOBOKEN YELLOW CAB, ALL OTHER CITY LICENSED VEHICLES MUST BE PREARRANGED (PER CALL). I HOPE THIS IS HELPFUL AND I WILL KEEP YOU POSTED ON MY PROGRESS.
She also clarified:
“Their fare was $5.00; the company sent the City a 30 day notice in March/April of a fare increase. Effective May 2008, Indian Way Car Service (not the yellow cabs at the taxi stand) are charging their customers $6.00 for any fares within the City of Hoboken. This is a legal fare for them only.
The ordinance you have is Chapter 179A, which is for yellow taxicabs only (at the taxi stand). Chapter 180A is for liveries (Indian Way) and limousines car services.”
I suggested that it might be prudent to make these “Livery” rates public, either by providing the info to 411 to post in an easily accessible location, or on the city website.
Have a great weekend everyone!
(see original entry after the jump…)
I’ve received quite a few emails about the confusion regarding local cab fare in Hoboken.
As you read on Hoboken411 back in March, the city passed an ordinance raising the fare within city limits to $5.00. However, some folks are getting charged more, with drivers citing the increase in gas prices.
As far as I knew, the licensed cabs in Hoboken couldn’t raise the rates unless via city ordinance. However, I always thought “gypsy” cabs could charge what they wanted.
Reader “Monroestreet” said:
Don’t pay extra!
“Hey, just wanted to write with something which has come up lately when I have been taking yellow taxis. Some drivers have taken to posting signs that the fare is now $6.00 due to the rising cost of gas. I just spoke with the Hoboken Taxi and Limousine commission and they advised me that there has been no fare increase and to not pay that amount. If someone does try to charge you that, pay the normal fare and report the taxi number and the time of occurrence to the taxi and limousine commission. Just wanted to give a heads up to the other readers.”