IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL INTERESTED PARTIES:
The Taxicab and Limousine Division (TLD) was advised today that Quaker City Cab, Inc. (Quaker City) and DW Radio, Inc. d/b/a Crescent Cab (Crescent) are ceasing all dispatching operations effective immediately. Consequently, medallion owners currently affiliated with Quaker City or Crescent must take immediate action to stay in compliance with the regulations while affording the riding public and drivers with the required level of safety and customer service. Telephone calls for service made to these two entities are currently being answered by certified dispatcher Philadelphia Taxicab Service, Inc. and for the immediate future during the transition.
Therefore, medallion owners and drivers affiliated with either Quaker City or Crescent must associated with a new PPA certified dispatcher immediately. You must make arrangements as follows:
QUAKER CITY TAXICABS:
–Must take immediate steps to associate with a certified dispatcher. In the near future, CMT will be removing its dispatch system and meter systems. Once that happens, Quaker City taxicabs must be placed out of service until an approved meter system has been installed in the vehicle and it is painted with the new dispatcher’s approved colors and markings scheme.
–Must take immediate steps to associate with a certified dispatcher. A Crescent taxicab that properly associates with a certified dispatcher and completes a “chip change” with Verifone (VTS) to allow receiving two-way communications will be permitted to continue to operate until October 20, 2017 by which such time the vehicle shall be painted with the new dispatcher’s colors and markings scheme.
You must still submit a “Change of Dispatch” Form COVD-1. However, the signature of a Quaker City or Crescent representative is not required.
The week of October 9th to October 13th have been reserved at the VTS shop located at 700 Packer Avenue to complete the meter changes for a new dispatcher affiliation. Also, don’t forget to complete the meter adjustment for the rate change effective December 1, 2017.
Failure to associate with a certified dispatcher will result in the taxicab being placed out of service along with a possible penalty.
Christine A. Kirlin, Esq.
Taxicab and Limousine Division
Philadelphia Parking Authority
2415 S. Swanson Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148
T (215) 683-9653
F (215) 683-9568