Agenda Item 4D
Taxicabs - Licenses
Josh Hamlin, Legislative Attomn.
- Driver Identification Cards
Expedited Bill 53-14, Taxicabs - Amendments, sponsored by the Councilmembers
Floreen~ Berliner~ Riemer~
and Council President Rice, is scheduled to be introduced on October
28,2014. A public hearing is tentatively scheduled for December 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Bill 53-14 would amend several sections of Chapter 53 of the Code related to the
licensing and operation of taxicabs. The Bill would:
• penn it the holder of a fleet Passenger Vehicle License to grant a sublicense to another
• increase the age limits for vehicles used as taxicabs;
• amend certain requirements for color and markings of vehicles used as taxicabs;
• allow software-based meters to be used in taxicabs; and
• amend certain requirements for temporary identification cards for taxicab drivers.
On October 9, the
Energy and Environment (T&E)
Committee held a worksession to discuss issues surrounding the entry in the Montgomery
County market of transportation network companies (lNCs) such as Uber and Lyft.l Chapter 53
of the County Code regulates taxicabs and the provision of taxicab service, but
provide a technology platfonn for drivers to use their private vehicles to transport passengers, are
not currently regulated in the County. Committee Chair Berliner directed staff to
legislation under which the County would regulate TNCs, which is also scheduled to be
introduced on October 28.
Bill 53-14 is intended
address some of the issues faced by the taxicab industry in
adapting to a market now populated by lNCs as well as regulated taxicab companies. The Bill
would amend the existing law to allow a fleet Passenger Vehicle License (PVL) holder to grant a
sublicense to a vehicle owner to provide taxicab service under the license. This amendment is an
packet for the October 9 T&E Committee worksession can be accessed at: