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DC Taxicab Commission to Hold Private Sedan Hearing

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Protocol established for conduct of hearing

Contact: Neville Waters (202) 645-6020

The DC Taxicab Commission (DCTC) has scheduled a Public Hearing at 10 am Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 441 4th Street, NW in the Old Council Chambers regarding proposed rulemaking for establishing a new private sedan class of public vehicles-for-hire.

DCTC will divide the hearing into two parts for those who intend to testify:

Part One: The first part of the hearing will consist of speakers on behalf of an association or advocacy group that represents vehicle owners and operators; a company or companies; or a company that is planning to begin operating in the District. These speakers may wish to appear together or with their leadership or legal representatives. Each participant or group of participants during this first part will be allowed up to thirty (30) minutes to present and must provide DCTC with ten (10) paper copies of their presentation delivered to DCTC’s Executive Office by Friday, April 25, 2014 at 4 pm. Commissioners may elect to ask questions during this first phase.

Part Two: If a legal representative, officer, or individual from an association, company or organization testifies during the first part of the hearing, then others from the same association, company or organization will not be allowed to testify in the second part of the hearing. The second part of the hearing is reserved for the general public only. Each participant will have the standard five (5) minutes to present. Although it is not required, participants are urged to submit ten (10) paper copies of their presentations to DCTC’s Executive Office by Friday, April 25, 2014 at 4 pm. 

To register for either Part One or Part Two of the hearing please call (202) 645-6018 extension 4 no later than 3:30 pm on Friday, April 25, 2014.

DCTC may choose to group participants into panels for either or both parts of the hearing. All participants are reminded that this is an issue of material importance to public vehicle for hire industry in the District.  Therefore, when making suggestions as to what should be added or deleted to the proposed rulemakings, participants should cite the specific section of the proposed rule that is a concern, and provide alternative language if appropriate. It is important to be clear and exact with presentations as these regulations will affect how companies and drivers will function.

The proposed rulemakings that will be the subject of the hearing are:  Chapter 2, Definitions; Chapter 8, Operation of Taxicabs; Chapter 12, Luxury Class Services–Owners, Operators and Vehicles; Chapter 14, Operation of Sedans; Chapter 16, Dispatch Services (the proposed regulations for Chapter 16, not the final regulations which also appear on the website); and Chapter 17, Private Sedan Services–Business, Operators, and Vehicles, which have been approved by DCTC for publication in the DC Register and are posted under “Proposed Regulations” on the DCTC website.