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To all concerned parties:

The Board of the Philadelphia Parking Authority, at its regular meeting on 9/25/13, issued the attached Order and proposed regulations related to the sale of taxicab medallions. This proposed rulemaking will proceed through the standard state agency regulatory promulgation process. All interested parties will be afforded the opportunity to provide comment through that process during a comment period to be designated at a later date.

130909.Medallion Sales Reg 126-6 (Proposed) to Board

130925. Proposed Rulemaking Order (126-6)(Concerning Medallion Sales)

James R. Ney, Director Taxicab & Limousine Division  Philadelphia Parking Authority  2415 S. Swanson Street  Philadelphia, PA 19148  T 215-683-9417 | F 215-683-9437 | E-Mail JNey@Philapark.org

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TO ALL INTERESTED PARTIES – CONCERNING OCEAN RISK RETENTION GROUP, INC.

Ocean Risk Retention Group. Inc. (Ocean) was put into liquidation on September 6, 2013, by Court Order. Ocean’s policies will expire 30 days from September 6, 2013 per the attached Court Order and the Washington D.C. Law. All carriers who are insured by Ocean are advised to seek alternative insurance coverage now to assure you remain in compliance with the Parking Authority’s financial responsibility requirements (52 Pa. Code § 1025.3).

Notce to Policy Holders Wash. DC 

Ocean RRG Liquidation Order

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Notice to all Interested Parties

The Taxicab and Limousine Committee (TLC) of the Philadelphia Parking Authority Board will meet to receive public comment concerning implementation of new taxicab driver safety measures. These may include but are not limited to requiring installation of security and surveillance cameras, trouble lights, and development and posting of public service announcements to increase awareness.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 18 at 1:00 PM at the PA Convention Center, Room 108 AB at 12th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia, PA. Written comments may be sent tocmilstein@philapark.org in advance of the meeting. Please call 215-683- 9637 with any questions.

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To All Concerned Parties:

The Board of the Philadelphia Parking Authority, at its regular meeting on 7/23/13, issued the attached Order and proposed regulations concerning Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV)Taxicab Service. This proposed rulemaking will proceed through the standard state agency regulatory promulgation process. All interested parties will be afforded the opportunity to provide comment through that process during a comment period to be designated at a later date.

James R. Ney, Director  Taxicab & Limousine Division  Philadelphia Parking Authority  2415 S. Swanson Street Philadelphia, PA 19148  T 215-683-9417 | F 215-683-9437 | E-Mail JNey@Philapark.org

130718.Proposed WAV Reg

130718.Proposed Rulemaking Order (WAVs) No. 126 5_1

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Maximum Taxicab Lease Amounts

The Taxicab and Limousine Division has received questions regarding the maximum amounts to be charged in taxicab lease agreements. To clear up any misunderstandings the maximum amounts as of this date are:

These maximum lease amounts were established by the Authority on March 25, 2008 after a lengthy investigatory process and in compliance with 53 Pa.C.S. § 5720.

To report a violation of the maximum lease amounts or to raises questions, please contact William Schmid, Deputy Director of the TLD at Wschmid@Philapark.Org

These maximum taxicab lease amounts were developed through an Authority wage investigation conducted in compliance with 53 Pa. C.S. 5720 (c). In September, 2007, the Board of Directors authorized the TLD to conduct a review of taxicab rates and leases. Consequently, a rate proposal was issued on December 7, 2007 by the TLD. Comments were received during the comment period of December 7, 2007 to December 28, 2007, and at a public hearing on January 17, 2008. On February 25, 2008 a proposal was submitted to the Board for review with a recommendation for adoption effective June 2, 2008. On March 25, 2008, at an open meeting the Board unanimously adopted the proposal, including the above referenced maximum taxicab amounts.

TERM OF LEASE

Some medallion owners are attempting to circumvent the Boards intent by charging the “daily” lease rate for seven individual days payable once a week with the same exact weekly payment requirement as a “weekly” lease. The Enforcement Department rejects this reasoning and may cite violators.

COMPLIANCE

A copy of the lease, as required in §1017.6 “Required documents” must be presented at bi-annual inspection and will be reviewed for compliance.

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A Message To Taxicab and Limousine Owners concerning the Powertrain Control Module (“PCM”)

The PCM is an automotive component that controls more than 100 factors in a car or truck. Its purpose is to monitor the many hundreds of error codes that can occur and indicates through a “Check Engine Light” that some subsection of the car is experiencing a problem.

The PCM is one of several onboard computers, and is essentially the “brain” of the engine control system.

The PCM also tracks the vehicle’s mileage, an issue that often controls the eligibility of a vehicle to provide taxicab or limousine service.

The PCM should be replaced only when it is diagnosed to be defective because it also contains a unique serial number and controls the odometer.

The TLD’s inspection process will now include a diagnostic review of the PCM’s status.

IMPROPERLY REPLACING A PCM may disqualify your vehicle from entry into service as a taxicab or limousine. You should report the replacement of a PCM in any vehicle currently authorized to provide taxicab or limousine service to: Robert Hager, Deputy Manager of Inspections, 215-683-9447 or Rhager@Philapark.org. You must disclose the presence of a replacement PCM in any vehicle upon presentation of a vehicle for inspection.

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