A-17565, MARCH 12, 1927, 6 COMP. GEN. 571

A-17565: Mar 12, 1927

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THE USE OF TAXICABS IS AUTHORIZED BETWEEN HOTEL OR RESIDENCE AND STATION OR WHARF WITHOUT THE NECESSITY OF SHOWING THAT A CHEAPER FORM OF TRANSPORTATION WAS NOT AVAILABLE. THE PRESUMPTION IS THAT A LESS EXPENSIVE FORM OF TRANSPORTATION WOULD HAVE SERVED THE PURPOSE. REIMBURSEMENT FOR THE EXPENSE INCURRED IS NOT AUTHORIZED IN THE ABSENCE OF A SHOWING THAT A TAXICAB WAS NECESSARY TO THE ACCOMPLISHMENT OF THE PARTICULAR TRAVEL IN QUESTION. 1927: I HAVE YOUR LETTER OF FEBRUARY 17. THERE IS TRANSMITTED HEREWITH FOR ADVANCE DECISION. " IS DOUBTED. NO EXPLANATION OF THE USE OF TAXI IN LIEU OF AVAILABLE STREETCAR SERVICE IS OFFERED OTHER THAN PERSONAL PREFERENCE. BULLOCK THAT USE OF TAXI IS AUTHORIZED BY THE STANDARDIZED TRAVEL REGULATION.

A-17565, MARCH 12, 1927, 6 COMP. GEN. 571

TRAVELING EXPENSES - TAXICAB HIRE UNDER PARAGRAPH 8 (A) OF THE STANDARDIZED GOVERNMENT TRAVEL REGULATIONS, EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1, 1926, THE USE OF TAXICABS IS AUTHORIZED BETWEEN HOTEL OR RESIDENCE AND STATION OR WHARF WITHOUT THE NECESSITY OF SHOWING THAT A CHEAPER FORM OF TRANSPORTATION WAS NOT AVAILABLE. HOWEVER, WHERE A TRAVELER CHECKS HIS BAGGAGE AT THE STATION AND PROCEEDS BY TAXICAB TO HIS PLACE OF DUTY, RETURNING TO THE STATION BY THE SAME MEANS OF CONVEYANCE, THE PRESUMPTION IS THAT A LESS EXPENSIVE FORM OF TRANSPORTATION WOULD HAVE SERVED THE PURPOSE, AND REIMBURSEMENT FOR THE EXPENSE INCURRED IS NOT AUTHORIZED IN THE ABSENCE OF A SHOWING THAT A TAXICAB WAS NECESSARY TO THE ACCOMPLISHMENT OF THE PARTICULAR TRAVEL IN QUESTION.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO LIEUT. EUGENE M. COFFEY, DISBURSING OFFICER, UNITED STATES ARMY, MARCH 12, 1927:

I HAVE YOUR LETTER OF FEBRUARY 17, 1927, AS FOLLOWS:

1. THERE IS TRANSMITTED HEREWITH FOR ADVANCE DECISION, PREPARED VOUCHER IN FAVOR OF E. H. BULLOCK, REIMBURSEMENT OF TRAVELING EXPENSES, $11.52.

2. PROPRIETY OF PAYMENT OF ITEM "JAN. 3, TAXI, DEPOT TO OFFICE, TAMPA, FLA.--- 35 CENTS," IS DOUBTED. NO EXPLANATION OF THE USE OF TAXI IN LIEU OF AVAILABLE STREETCAR SERVICE IS OFFERED OTHER THAN PERSONAL PREFERENCE, IT BEING CONTENDED BY MR. BULLOCK THAT USE OF TAXI IS AUTHORIZED BY THE STANDARDIZED TRAVEL REGULATION, PARAGRAPH 8 (A). HOWEVER, IT IS NOT THOUGHT THAT THE REGULATION REFERRED TO DOES, OR CAN, AUTHORIZE USE OF OTHER THAN THE CHEAPEST SATISFACTORY MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION, EXCEPT FOR THE DIRECT BENEFIT OF THE UNITED STATES.

IT IS NOTED THAT MR. BULLOCK'S OFFICIAL STATION IS JACKSONVILLE, FLA.; THAT HE LEFT JACKSONVILLE ON JANUARY 2, 1927, AT 9.20 P.M., ARRIVING AT TAMPA, FLA., ON JANUARY 3, 1927, AT 6.10 A.M.; THAT HE CHECKED HIS BAGGAGE AT THE STATION AND CHARGES FOR TAXICAB HIRE FROM THE DEPOT TO OFFICE AT TAMPA, FLA., 35 CENTS. HE LEFT TAMPA ON JANUARY 3, 1927, AT 10.20 P.M., ARRIVING AT JACKSONVILLE AT 6.30 A.M. THE FOLLOWING DAY.

PARAGRAPH 8 (A) OF THE STANDARDIZED TRAVEL REGULATIONS PROVIDES:

THE USUAL TAXICAB FARES BETWEEN RESIDENCE OR HOTEL AND STATION OR WHARF, AND BETWEEN STATION OR WHARF AND RESIDENCE OR HOTEL, WILL BE ALLOWED.

WHILE THE PARAGRAPH OF THE STANDARDIZED TRAVEL REGULATIONS ABOVE QUOTED DISPENSES WITH THE NECESSITY OF SHOWING THAT A CHEAPER FORM OF TRANSPORTATION WAS NOT AVAILABLE UNDER THE CONDITIONS THEREIN SPECIFIED, THE PRESUMPTION OF NECESSITY FOR THE TAXICAB HIRE IS CONFINED TO THE CONDITIONS SPECIFIED IN THE REGULATIONS, THAT IS, BETWEEN HOTEL OR RESIDENCE AND STATION OR WHARF. A-17397, MARCH 5, 1927. WHERE A TRAVELER CHECKS HIS BAGGAGE AT THE STATION AND GOES FROM THERE TO HIS PLACE OF DUTY AND RETURNS TO THE STATION, A CHEAPER FORM OF TRANSPORTATION WOULD APPEAR TO BE SUFFICIENT FOR HIS PURPOSES AND NO PRESUMPTION OF NECESSITY FOR TAXICAB HIRE ARISES. IT IS INCUMBENT UPON THE TRAVELER CLAIMING REIMBURSEMENT FOR TAXICAB HIRE UNDER SUCH CIRCUMSTANCES TO SHOW THE NECESSITY THEREFOR.