Gas Tax Elimination Would Help Cab Drivers

By: Brendan Ponton Email
By: Brendan Ponton Email

HARRISONBURG-- Local cab companies are speaking in support of eliminating the gas tax, which was proposed by Gov. Bob McDonnell.

His proposal would increase the sales tax, and completely the cut the 17.5 cent gas tax. The process of making it a law could pose a challenge, though.

Drivers at both Yellow Cab and Royal Cab said they would support the plan because it would mean more money for their bottom lines.

At Yellow Cab, drivers have to fill up the gas tanks at the end of their shifts, so no gas tax would make it cheaper for them.

This comes at a competitive time for cab companies in the city. There are five companies, when there used to be just one, and cab company management believes it could be a help.

"When the guys want to work more, they work another shift. Another shift is another lease paid to the company. It comes around it comes back to the company too," said Clo Rodeffer, operations manager of Yellow Cab. "We try to conserve their gas mileage as much as we can."

Yellow Cab uses 25 to 30 drives, but has had to make cuts in recent years. A political expert said the proposal faces a bumpy road to becoming law.

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