Taxi drivers opposed to Charleston $5 flat rate

File Photo (WCIV)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Taxi drivers in Charleston don't like the city's $5 flat rate for all downtown fares.

The Post and Courier reports that drivers say the fares, mandated by a city ordinance passed last year, cover expenses but leave little room for profit.

Under the ordinance, all fares on the Charleston peninsula are required to be a $5 flat rate.

About 20 drivers met with Mayor Joe Riley last week to discuss the issue.

The mayor says the fare will be reviewed. He says the ordinance is intended in part to provide a reasonably priced way for residents without cars to get around.

But he says the topic may have to be revisited if the taxis are losing money.