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Turner raising van service rates

December 20, 2002|by MARLO BARNHART

For the first time in nearly 12 years, George Turner is raising the rates Turner's Van Service charges in-town passengers.

The new rates will go into effect Jan. 1, 2003.

"My rates have been the same since 1991," Turner said Wednesday. "I'm sorry I have to do this but I held off as long as I could."

In addition to the cost increases for gas and insurance, Turner said the extra money is needed to help him attract qualified drivers for his 25 vehicles.

"Most drivers are independent contractors and I like to get the best I can get," Turner said. That is important to him as well as to his passengers, he said.

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With Hagerstown divided into six zones, Turner's current in-town rate is $1.70 for the first zone and 40 cents more for each additional zone, Turner said.

The new rate will be $2 for the first zone and 50 cents for each additional zone.

Out-of-town rates will also go up, on average about 18 percent, Turner said.

"There will be no change in wheelchair service, which is a fixed rate," Turner said. That service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Formerly a taxi service, Turner switched over to van service several years ago.

"Our service is strictly by reservation - we don't take hails from people on the street anymore," Turner said.

More information on the rate change can be obtained by calling 301-733-7788.

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