Agenda Item 11
June 27, 2017
June 23, 2017
Josh Hamlin, Legislative A t t o r n ~
Expedited Bill 20-17, Taxicabs - Licenses
Expedited Bill 20-17, Taxicabs - Licenses, sponsored by Lead Sponsor Council President
Berliner, is scheduled to be introduced on June 13, 2017. A Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy
and Environment Committee worksession is tentatively scheduled for July 20 at 9:30 a.m.
On July 21, 2015, the Council enacted Expedited Bill 53-14, Taxicabs-Licenses- Vehicle
Requirements - Driver Identification Cards. The Executive signed the act on July 31, 2015, and it
became Chapter 39 of the Laws of Montgomery County 2015. The law substantially revised the
County's regulation of the taxicab industry. One of the objectives of the law was to increase the
number of accessible taxicabs serving County residents by specifically providing for the issuance
of additional licenses for accessible taxicabs, and requiring a plan to increase the number of
accessible taxicabs Countywide.
In addition to requiring a plan to increase the number of accessible taxicabs in the County,
Section 3 of the law required the issuance of 100 new taxicab licenses, as follows:
25 to individuals who do not hold a license under this Chapter, and of these, eight
must be for accessible vehicles;
25 to fleets that hold fewer than 100 licenses, and of these, eight must be for
accessible vehicles; and
50 accessible vehicle licenses to a driver-owned cooperative fleet that the Director
determines is a qualified applicant under Chapter 53.
The law added a new subsection (e) to§ 55-306, "Number of Accessible Taxicabs" to require the Director of DOT
to develop a plan for increasing the number of accessible taxicabs, with a goal of having 100% accessible taxicabs in
the County by 2025 unless the Director determines that goal to be impracticable.