DC cabs to consider 'surge pricing'

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Uber service became an instant hit in D.C. for people looking for comfort and convenience.

But it comes at a price. Uber fares spike during bad weather and peak hours. It's called "surge pricing."

The concept may be prohibitive for passengers, but it's profitable for cab companies. The D.C. Taxi Commission is hoping to cash in on its competitor's tactic.

Heavily regulated non-Uber taxis could charge premium fares for passengers who reserve a cab online or on their smartphone. Some cab drivers say it's the only way to compete with the wildly successful car service.

Not every cab company is on board with this idea. ABC7 reached out to the general manager for Yellow Cab and he opposed this proposal, saying he won't abandon loyal customers who built the company to go after these higher-end clients.

This proposal, introduced by two D.C. councilmembers, will be presented Wednesday at the General Commission meeting where ABC7 is told several cab companies will be present.

If the proposal goes through, D.C. could be one of the first U.S. cities to allow the practice.