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Flat Rate For-Hire Vehicles

Flat rate-for-hire vehicles transport people for compensation but are different from taxicabs because they charge a flat rate per trip, rather than a metered fare like a taxi.

Flat-rate for-hire vehicles may use a dispatch system, service, or online application or be hailed from the street.

Flat rate-for-hire vehicles have the same requirements as a metered-for-hire vehicle as outlined in Tacoma Municipal Code 6B.220 with the exception of a meter inspection and inspection fee.

In addition, to ensure that there is no confusion between metered and flat rate for hire vehicles, the flat rate for-hire vehicle must follow these requirements:

  • The exterior of vehicle must be clearly marked as “flat rate”
  • The words “taxi,” “cab” or “taxicab” cannot be marked on the vehicle
  • There shall be no meter inside the vehicle
  • There shall be no top “taxi” light on the vehicle
  • The flat rate (fare) must be transparent to the rider before accepting the ride 

For more information refer to License Rule 101 Flat Rate For-Hire Vehicles