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Announcement to Establish Two Panels of the DC Taxicab Commission

Monday, November 5, 2012

The DC Taxicab Commission has approved the establishment of two panels to review, offer guidance and provide recommendations regarding specific issues confronting the District of Columbia’s public vehicle-for-hire industry.

It is confirmed that Commissioner Cyril Crocker will head the Panel on One-Color Taxicab Design Panel to oversee the development of a standardized color scheme for taxicabs. The other commissioners joining Commissioner Crocker on this panel are Paul Cohn, Elliott Ferguson and Stanley Tapscott.

The panel will be responsible for making a thorough review to include:

  • Conducting a public hearing
  • Meeting with individual taxicab owners
  • Reviewing public feedback from vehicle exhibits
  • Performing other fact finding research duties
  • Providing recommendations at the General Commission Meeting in February 2013.

It is confirmed that Chairman Ron M. Linton will head the Panel on Sedan-class and Vehicle Modernization to oversee the development of regulations to define the Sedan-class and process to implement the fleet modernization program. The other commissioners joining Chairman Linton on this panel are Ralph Burns and Anthony Muhammad.

The responsibilities of the panel include:

  • Conducting a public hearing
  • Meeting with DC City Council members and staff
  • Holding on-going discussions with public vehicle-for-hire industry representatives
  • Determining necessary regulations pertaining to driver compliance with the Clean Hands Act
  • Reviewing the time table for the removal of older vehicles from service
  • Considering possible restrictions on new vehicle registrations