Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker on Wednesday signed an executive order establishing a $1 surcharge for taxi fares because of gasoline prices.

The County Code authorizes the county executive to declare a fuel cost emergency when the average retail price of regular gasoline exceeds $3 per gallon, according to a news release.

The surcharge will be charged per trip in addition to the regular taxi fares, though it is not to be charged to any person 60 and over.
The fuel cost emergency surcharge will take effect immediately and will remain in effect through June 30, 2012.