February 4, 2016
February 2, 2016
Transportation, Infrastructure, Enejl7
Josh Hamlin, Legislative
Expedited Bill 53-15, Taxicabs
Credit Card Transactions
Expedited Bill 53-15, Taxicabs - Credit Card Transactions, sponsored by Lead Sponsors
Councilmembers Eirich, Riemer and Navarro, was introduced on December 8, 2015. A public
hearing was held on January 19.
Bill 53-15 would:
limit the amount a licensee may charge a driver or affiliate for processing a
credit card transaction;
amend the requirements for credit card processing systems in taxicabs; and
generally amend County law concerning taxicabs.
Expedited Bill 53-15 would refine existing provisions of the law related to processing
credit card payments for taxicab service. These provisions were added to the law by Expedited
Bill 53-14, which was enacted earlier this year and substantially revised Chapter 53. Specifically,
the Bill will prohibit licensees from charging drivers and affiliates more than the actual cost to the
licensee for processing a credit card transaction, and will make it easier for drivers to use their own
credit card processing systems.
The County's taxicab law was substantially revised in 2015 by Expedited Bill 53-14. That
Bill made a number of changes aimed at improving conditions for drivers and allowing the taxicab
industry to better compete with transportation network companies such as Uber and Lyft.
Expedited Bill 53-14 established a Taxicab Services Commission to evaluate the economic
condition of the taxicab industry and the adequacy of service rendered by the industry. The Bill
also made a number of changes to the requirements of taxicab leases and operating agreements,
including requiring the County Executive to establish standardized lease/affiliation agreements,
maximum lease and affiliation rates and permissible ancillary fees that may be charged to drivers.
The Bill also provided for the issuance of new passenger vehicle licenses to increase the number
of accessible taxicabs on the road.
Among the driver protection provisions included in Bill 53-14 were changes to the law
limiting the premium that fleets could pass along to drivers for processing credit card
transactions and; (2) making it easier for drivers to choose their own credit card processing