B-118806, MARCH 11, 1954, 33 COMP. GEN. 390

B-118806: Mar 11, 1954

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WHICH PROVIDES THAT REIMBURSEMENT IS AUTHORIZED FOR TAXI FARES BETWEEN PLACES OF ABODE OR BUSINESS AND STATIONS. IS INTENDED TO LIMIT THE USE OF TAXICABS TO LOCAL TRAVEL. COLONEL HOLMER WAS DIRECTED TO PROCEED FROM PARIS TO VERDUN. IT IS SHOWN THAT THE USUALLY TRAVELED ROUTE. IS FROM PARIS TO VERDUN VIA CHALONS-SUR-1MARNE AND THAT TRAVEL BY THIS MEANS WOULD HAVE REQUIRED NO MORE TIME. PROVIDES THAT REIMBURSEMENT IS AUTHORIZED FOR TAXI FARES BETWEEN PLACES OF ABODE OR BUSINESS AND STATIONS. THAT IT IS INTENDED TO LIMIT THE USE OF TAXIS TO LOCAL TRAVEL IS CLEARLY INDICATED BY OTHER PROVISIONS IN THE REGULATIONS. THERE IS NOT BASIS FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF THE ACTUAL COST INCURRED IN TRAVEL FROM BAR LE DUC TO VERDUN BY TAXI.

B-118806, MARCH 11, 1954, 33 COMP. GEN. 390

TRAVELING EXPENSES - MILITARY, NAVAL, ETC., PERSONNEL - TAXICAB FARES - OTHER THAN LOCAL TRAVEL PARAGRAPH 4400-2, JOINT TRAVEL REGULATIONS, WHICH PROVIDES THAT REIMBURSEMENT IS AUTHORIZED FOR TAXI FARES BETWEEN PLACES OF ABODE OR BUSINESS AND STATIONS, WHARVES, AIRPORTS, OTHER COMMON CARRIER TERMINALS OR LOCAL TERMINUS OF THE MODE OF TRANSPORTATION USED, IS INTENDED TO LIMIT THE USE OF TAXICABS TO LOCAL TRAVEL, AND THEREFORE AN ARMY OFFICER WHO, INCIDENT TO TEMPORARY DUTY, TRAVELED 30 MILES BY TAXI AT PERSONAL EXPENSE INSTEAD OF USING AVAILABLE TRAIN, MAY NOT BE REIMBURSED ACTUAL COST INCURRED FOR USE OF TAXI, HOWEVER REIMBURSEMENT MAY BE MADE AT RATE OF FIVE CENTS PER MILE FOR SUCH TRIP AS AUTHORIZED IN PARAGRAPH 4203-3A, OF SAID REGULATIONS.

ASSISTANT COMPTROLLER GENERAL WEITZEL TO LIEUTENANT COLONEL JOSEPH M. MANO, DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY, MARCH 11, 1954:

BY SECOND ENDORSEMENT DATED FEBRUARY 4, 1954, THE CHIEF OF FINANCE FORWARDED TO THIS OFFICE YOUR LETTER OF JANUARY 8, 1954, SUBMITTING FOR ADVANCE DECISION A VOUCHER STATED IN FAVOR OF COLONEL HANS W. HOLMER, O 16734, USA ( CE), FOR REIMBURSEMENT FOR TAXI FARE FROM BAR LE DUC TO VERDUN, FRANCE, OCTOBER 27, 1953.

BY ORDERS DATED OCTOBER 23, 1953, COLONEL HOLMER WAS DIRECTED TO PROCEED FROM PARIS TO VERDUN, FRANCE, FOR TEMPORARY DUTY, TRAVEL BY "RAIL" BEING AUTHORIZED, TRANSPORTATION TO BE FURNISHED BY THE TRANSPORTATION OFFICER. HE TRAVELED FROM PARIS TO BAR LE DUC ON GOVERNMENT TRAVEL WARRANT, AND WHEN A GOVERNMENT CAR FAILED TO MEET HIM AT BAR LE DUC AS PREVIOUSLY ARRANGED HE TRAVELED TO VERDUN, A DISTANCE OF 50 KILOMETERS (30 MILES), BY TAXI AT A PERSONAL EXPENSE OF 5,000 FRENCH FRANCS ($14.30). IT IS SHOWN THAT THE USUALLY TRAVELED ROUTE, VIA RAIL, IS FROM PARIS TO VERDUN VIA CHALONS-SUR-1MARNE AND THAT TRAVEL BY THIS MEANS WOULD HAVE REQUIRED NO MORE TIME.

PARAGRAPH 4400-2, JOINT TRAVEL REGULATIONS, PROMULGATED PURSUANT TO SECTION 303 OF THE CAREER COMPENSATION ACT OF 1949, 63 STAT. 813, 814, PROVIDES THAT REIMBURSEMENT IS AUTHORIZED FOR TAXI FARES BETWEEN PLACES OF ABODE OR BUSINESS AND STATIONS, WHARVES, AIRPORTS, OTHER COMMON CARRIER TERMINALS OR LOCAL TERMINUS OF THE MODE OF TRANSPORTATION USED. THAT IT IS INTENDED TO LIMIT THE USE OF TAXIS TO LOCAL TRAVEL IS CLEARLY INDICATED BY OTHER PROVISIONS IN THE REGULATIONS, AS, FOR EXAMPLE, PARAGRAPHS 4202-2 AND 4400-10. SUCH BEING THE CASE, THERE IS NOT BASIS FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF THE ACTUAL COST INCURRED IN TRAVEL FROM BAR LE DUC TO VERDUN BY TAXI. HOWEVER, SINCE THE MEMBER COMPLETED THE TRAVEL AT PERSONAL EXPENSE, REIMBURSEMENT MAY BE MADE AT THE RATE OF 5 CENTS PER MILE FOR THE OFFICIAL DISTANCE FROM BAR LE DUC TO VERDUN, AS AUTHORIZED IN PARAGRAPH 4203-3A, JOINT TRAVEL REGULATIONS.

THE VOUCHER AND SUPPORTING PAPERS ARE RETURNED HEREWITH, PAYMENT THEREON BEING AUTHORIZED IF ADJUSTED AS ABOVE INDICATED.