July 20, 2015
Transportation, Infrastructure Energy and Environment Committee
Josh Hamlin, Legislative
Worksession: Bill 33-15, Taxicabs - Transportation Services Improvement Fund
Bill 33-15, Taxicabs - Transportation Services Improvement Fund, sponsored by Lead
Sponsor Councilmember Berliner and Co-Sponsors Vice President Floreen, and Councilmembers
Rice, Riemer, EIrich, Katz, Navarro and Hucker, was introduced on June 23, 2015. A public
hearing was held on July 14.
Bill 33-15 would:
• create a Transportation Services Improvement Fund;
• impose a per-trip surcharge on certain transportation network services to finance the Fund;
• provide for disbursements from the Fund to be used to improve the delivery of accessible
In its 2015 session, the Maryland General Assembly passed a law regulating
"transportation network companies" CTNCs) - ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft. The
law, 2015 Laws of Maryland, Chapter 204, effective July 1, 2015, created a new regulatory
framework within which TNCs in the State will operate. In addition to its regulatory function, the
law also authorizes a county or municipality that licensed or regulated taxicab services on or before
January 1, 2015, including Montgomery County, to impose an assessment on TNC trips that
originate within the county or municipality. "Assessment" means a charge imposed by a local
jurisdiction on each transportation network service that includes a passenger trip. The assessment
may be up to 25 cents per trip, other than in an exempt jurisdiction.
The revenue generated from
the assessments must be used for "transportation purposes."
Generally, an assessment may not be imposed on a transportation network service by both
a county and a municipality. However, in a county that was not authorized to impose an assessment
by virtue of licensing or regulating taxicab services on or before January 1, 2015, and that has not
imposed an assessment by July 1, 2016, both the county and a municipality may impose an
assessment, subject to specified notification requirements.
Baltimore City is the only exempt jurisdiction under the law.