PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, Md. — Editor's Note: The video above was originally published on June 20.
The surge in gas prices has impacted not only everyday people but also the transportation industry. In Prince George's County, taxis are now authorized to add a $1 surcharge to their fares beginning immediately.
Officials say this is due to the rapid increase in gas prices and its impact on operations. The surcharge will be temporary, officials say, and will not be charged to anyone older than 60 or anyone who has a disability. The surcharge is set to expire on Oct. 22 unless it is canceled in advance or extended.
“The soaring cost of fuel is almost doubling the cost to operate a taxi," said, Floyd E. Holt, the county's deputy chief administrative officer. "There is no escape or shortcut, as fuel is a core business expense. As the cost goes up, it easily eats away at their daily take-home income."
The national average price for a gallon of gas is $4.95, however, the average price in D.C. remains over $5 sitting at $5.13, according to AAA. The average price of gas in Maryland is $4.929 and Virginia's average is sitting at $4.79.
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