Taxi Drivers Protest by Interfering With Traffic in Arlington

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    David Culver,

    A group of Arlington taxi drivers staged a lunchtime protest around the Clarendon Metro Station Tuesday afternoon to protest what they say is an unfairly high fee.

    Drivers marched and drove in circles rather than picking up passengers.

    About 50-100 protested a "stand fee" charged to them by their taxi companies -- Arlington Cab, Yellow Top and Red Top. That fee is $200-$300 per week to wait for riders at the Metro station.

    They want the Arlington County Board to schedule a hearing.

    "After I pay my insurance and pay the company and pay for maintenance, if I make $500 a week," driver Abdellah LuazzaI said.

    The area around the station has a taxi stand on the west side, with a parking lane reserved for taxis.