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Notice of Taxicab Rate Review and Request for Public Comment

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To All Interested Parties:
On March 31, 2017, the Philadelphia Parking Authority (“Authority”) approved, through oral resolution, the recommendation of the Taxicab and Limousine Division (“TLD”) to reopen a rate review investigation pursuant to the attached petition that was filed by certified taxicab driver Ronald Blount (“Petition”).  A copy of the Petition may be downloaded here: Petition P-17-02-01.
The TLD previously issued notice by email to all industry members on March 8, 2017 seeking public comment concerning the Petition, along with posting the notice to the general public on the Authority’s website and publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on March 18, 2017.  These notices also contained information regarding the public comment hearing that was held by the TLD on March 30, 2017 at the Independence Visitor’s Center.
Now, based upon the Petition and the TLD’s recommendation to the Authority, the TLD seeks further information and comment from the public at large and the industry concerning the reopening of a rate review, including but not limited to:
(1) Peak-hour surcharges;
(2) A review of the current method for determining a fuel surcharge;
(3) The boundaries outlined in the current taxicab tariff for flat-rate trips between the “Center City Zone” and the Philadelphia International Airport (“PHL”);
(4) Service fees and surcharges;
(5) Flat-rate trips;
(6) Minimum trips in and out of PHL; and
(7) any other requests as outlined in the Petition.
Interested parties are invited to submit written comments by May 12, 2017 to the attention of Christine A. Kirlin, Esq. to ckirlin@philapark.org or by mail: Philadelphia Parking Authority, Taxicab and Limousine Division, 2415 S. Swanson Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148.  If you have any questions, you may contact Ms. Kirlin at (215) 683-9653.
Thank you.
Michael Casey, Director
Taxicab and Limousine Division
Philadelphia Parking Authority
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