How to Report a Cabbie

Photo courtesy of
‘District Cab No. 270′
courtesy of ‘Mr. T in DC’

There’s been some discussion in our comments regarding the recent behavior of DC Cabbies, who’ve used the snow situation to jack up their fares in violation of the law. Here’s how to handle the situation. You must write a letter to the Taxicab Commission, and submit it by USPS to:

Taxicab Commission
2041 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE
Room 204
Washington DC 20020

You can also fax your letter to 202.889.3604, or email dctc3 at dc dot gov. Here’s what you must include:

First, you have to give them all the details of the ride, basically your side of the story. Then, you must give them all the details of the driver and cab, including name, vehicle license plate and time and date of the incident. Click through for a sample:

February 15, 2010

DC Taxicab Commission
2041 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE
Room 204
Washington DC 20020


I am writing to report an incident that occurred on February 14th, 2010, when I took a cab from NEIGHBORHOOD ONE to NEIGHBORHOOD TWO. I was picked up on the corner of X STREET at TIME by Cab Number XXXX from Cab Company XXXXXXX, driven by DRIVER NAME. I told the driver the address that I wished to go to (XXXX YYYY Street NW) and off we went. When we arrived, the driver told me that the fare was $30 due to Snow Emergency, when the meter only read $15. I paid the cabbie what the meter read, and exited the cab, with the cabbie threatening me all the way.

I hope that the Commission will take my complaint seriously and file charges against the driver.

Best regards,

123 Any Street NW
Washington DC 20001

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4 thoughts on “How to Report a Cabbie

  1. Good thread. As i said in another thread, it is criminal what some taxis do to their passengers trying to con them out of money

    I am still in shock that I was physically threatened into give $25 for a 3 block, 2 minute ride (i didnt know the final address was that close)….

  2. How is one supposed to get a angry cab driver’s name? I doubt they would be nice enough to give it to you if they are already upset. Are cabs required to write their name on the back of the front seat, or something like that?

  3. On the other hand, if they’re already trying to gouge people like this, they likely are removing or covering that license up anyway to avoid being reported. Unless they’re really dumb drivers, that is.