Questions raised over San Diego airport taxi fee

Posted at 6:11 PM, Jun 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-29 21:11:44-04

A claim has been filed against the San Diego County Airport Authority over a fee travelers have to pay when they catch a taxi.

Travelers currently pay a flat $2.71 fee when they get into a taxicab to leave Lindbergh Field. Money from the fee is supposed to go towards maintaining roads and hiring traffic officers.

However, the airport is not keeping all off the money. It turns out taxi permit holders who buy energy efficient cars like the Toyota Prius are getting 71 cents of it back as a reward.

"It would be like Walmart keeping your sales tax rather than paying it to the state," said local attorney Kamron Hadibi, who filed a claim against the Airport Authority to get the fee stopped.

Three cab drivers who declined to give their names told 10News they don't see a penny of that money.

Some passengers at San Diego's airport said the fees are just part of the deal, even if they don't know where the money actually goes.

"You can't do anything about it," said Jimmie Hunt, who is visiting from Kentucky. "It's almost like don't fight City Hall. If you're going to travel, you pay it."

The taxi incentives are scheduled to end this week, but the fee is once again scheduled to go up.

The fee is going to hit $2.90 for cabs and ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft, once the meters are adjusted.