(Washington, DC) Mayor Vincent C. Gray today issued the following statement relative to the lawsuit filed by the DC Taxicab Association and Dominion of Cab Drivers:
“The lawsuit filed today is disappointing and misguided. It ignores the commitment my administration has made to address the reasonable concerns of the taxicab industry while ensuring residents and visitors to our city get the first class service they deserve,” said Mayor Gray.
The Gray administration has taken various actions to address the concerns voiced by the drivers, including:
• Instituted fuel surcharge in February and in July to help drivers with higher gas prices
• Nominated Ron Linton, an experienced and professional administrator, as Chairman of the DC Taxicab Commission. He awaits expected Council confirmation as soon as October 6th
• Following the Mayor’s lead, the Acting Chairman has established a transparent and open meeting process for the Commission, which is scheduled to meet on September 21 under the new process
• Office of Boards and Commissions this week was already prepared to forward to the Council four new nominees to the DCTC Commission, two of whom are taxicab drivers
• The Acting Chairman has proposed lifting the cap on long-distance taxi rides
• In keeping with the Mayor’s promise to be inclusive and engage cab drivers, the Acting Chairman already had scheduled a meeting for this Friday with three taxicab driver associations. Unfortunately because of this lawsuit, counsel has informed the Acting Chairman the meeting must be cancelled.
“I am confident that many of the issues raised by the associations will be resolved without the need for ligation,” Mayor Gray further stated. “However, should the associations decide to pursue the lawsuit, the Office of the Attorney General will vigorously defend the lawsuit.”