Riding a taxi in Los Angeles may soon cost a little more, if a motion scheduled for a City Council vote Tuesday is approved.
Taxi fares would increase by 10 percent, and drivers could charge an additional 50 cents to cover rising gas prices.
It would be the third taxi fare hike approved by the panel since 2000 and would be phased in two stages, according to a report from the city’s Department of Transportation.
The current fare of $2 for the first one-tenth of a mile would increase to $2.10 for the first seventh of a mile for a six-month period, according to the report. The fare would then increase to $2.20 for the first 11th of a mile after that.
The 50-cent charge would be tacked on when the monthly average price of gasoline is $2.73 or more, according to the DOT report, which was prepared well before Hurricane Katrina sent already rising gas prices soaring nationwide.
A $1 charge would be added if gas prices reach $3.28 per gallon or more.
UPDATE: The vote’s been delayed.