fare & fees schedules
The fares for Chocolate Cab are comparable to the fares for most cabs in Gainesville.
first drop ___________________ $3.00 US
mileage ____________________ $2.70 US per mile
waiting ____________________ $.50 US per minute
additional passengers ___________ regular $1.00 US each
University Of Florida home football game day $4.00, $5.00 and $6.00
handling of luggage and parcels _____ up to $1.00 US each or as agreed between Mark and his passenger
zone A (red zone of the map) ________________________ $10.00 US
zone B (yellow zone of the map) ______________________ $15.00 US
zone C (white zone of map to the limits of the cosmos) _______ $20.00 US
University Of Florida home football game day service
zone A (red zone of the map) ________________________ $15.00 US
zone B (yellow zone of the map) ______________________ $20.00 US
zone C (white zone of map to the limits of the cosmos) _______ $25.00 US
Mark does not currently accept value cards (debit and credit cards). However, he will stop at automatic teller machines to allow passengers to withdraw cash with which to pay their fares. [Drivers for most Gainesville-area cab companies accept U. S. currency, debit cards and credit cards that have embossed (raised) characters and vouchers from airlines with which they may have established arrangements.] Mark the Cab Driver also accepts silver U. S. coins. Currently, he values them at twenty-two times their
face values. (e.g. Mark accepts a silver half dollar for $11.00 in non-silver U. S. currency. $.50 X 22 = $11.00)
Mark may require a passenger to pay a deposit before departing the origin of a ride or before arriving at the destination of a ride. He may do those in accordance with Gainesville city code that allows a cab driver to collect a deposit of sufficient amount to cover the likely cost of a ride in advance of the ride. Cab drivers do this in situations that their experiences have taught them could result in difficulties in collecting fares. After arriving at the passenger's destination, the driver gives to the passenger any change due to him or her from his or her deposit.
first drop = initial charge in all fares to cover the cost of arriving at the point of origin
milage = fee charged for the use of a cab while it is moving
waiting = fee charged for the use of a cab while it is stationary
additional passengers = fee charged for each passenger, five years old or older, more than one passenger
handling of luggage and parcels = fee charged for moving significant distances, loading and/or unloading heavy pieces of luggage or packages. The amount depends on the size and weight of the bags and the distance that the driver carries them. Unless a bag is very heavy or must be carried a considerable distance, Mark does not charge to load it into his cab and to unload it from his cab.
zone A = the area bounded by Northeast 23rd Avenue, Northeast Waldo Road, Northeast 8th Avenue, Northeast 15th Street, Southeast 15th Street, Southeast 13th Avenue, Southeast Williston Road, Southeast 16th Street, Southwest 16th Street, Southwest Archer Road, Southwest 34th Street and Northwest 34th Street, Northwest 23rd Avenues (See map above.)
zone B = the area outside zone A bounded by Northeast 53rd Avenue, Northeast Waldo Road, the northern boundary of Gainesville, the eastern boundary of Gainesville, the northern boundary of Gainesville, the eastern boundary of Gainesville along the western shore of Newnan's Lake, the eastern boundary of Gainesville along the centerline of Prairie Creek, Southeast Hawthorne Road, Southeast 60th Terrace, Camp Ranch Road, the southern boundary between Gainesville and Paines Prairie State Park, Interstate 75, Southwest Williston Road, Southwest 24C, Southwest 75th Street, Southwest Archer Road, Southwest 75th Street, Northwest 75th Street, Northwest 8th Avenue, Interstate 75, Northwest 39th Avenue, Northwest 43rd Street, Northwest 68th Lanes, Northwest 13th Street, Northwest 53rd Avenue
zone C = the area outside zone B to the limits of the cosmos
In addition to the above fares, Mark charges the following fees when necessary.
Mark the Cab Driver
plastic trash can liner that Mark and/or his passengers use to prevent the soiling of the interior of the cab
by his passengers or by their cargo________________________________________________________ $1.00
plastic shower curtain that Mark and/or his passengers use to prevent the soiling of the interior of the cab
by his passengers or by their cargo_______________________________________________________ $4.00
bottle of water for consumption and/or for personal hygiene use by passengers______________________________ $1.00
paper towels for personal hygiene use by passengers _________________________________________________ free
cleaning of non-hazardous substances that passengers or their cargo deposit on the interior of the cab _______$20.00 -$50.00
cleaning of potentially hazardous substances that passengers or their cargo deposit on the interior of the cab _______ $100.00
space alien surcharge*___________________________________________________________________$20.00
potentially hazardous substances = bodily fluids, rotten or moldy substances, strong acids or bases, poisonous substances, etc.
*Mark charges a surcharge for space aliens because they usually become frustrated and angry that Mark can not understand them when they speak with their very limited English and with their space alien-ese accent--even when Mark remains cordial and patient while trying to understand them. Go figure. They get frustrated and angry with him! Mark is not concerned about discrimination lawsuits filed by the attorneys of space aliens because Mark figures that he would not receive legal processes from those attorneys practicing in other galaxies for at least a few light years. By that time the cases would be, well, moot.