CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Public Service Commission has ordered that allowable fuel surcharges from garbage pick-up companies, taxi cabs and wrecker services be reduced beginning July 1 through the remainder of the calendar year.
A PSC order, issued Tuesday, cited information that shows gasoline and diesel prices have decreased in the past six months.
According to the PSC Staff, the average price of regular gasoline is expected to be $3.34 a gallon between now and the end of the year. The average was $3.45 a gallon in the first half of the year. Diesel has dropped to $3.89 a gallon. The average was $4.81 a gallon in the last review period.
The PSC’s order agrees with the recommendations of the Staff.
According to the order:
–fuel surcharges for solid waste carriers will be lowered to 7.69% from the current 10.25%
–fuel surcharges for taxi and limousine operations will go to 19.56% from the current 20.61%
–fuel surcharges for wrecker services will be decreased to 8.05% from the current 10.61%
The PSC will review the fuel costs again in December or earlier if there’s a 20% increase or decrease in the prices.