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Quaker City Cab & Crescent Cab – Important Notice

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.

CRESCENT TAXICABS:
–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.

Thank you.

Christine A. Kirlin, Esq.
Director
Taxicab and Limousine Division
Philadelphia Parking Authority
2415 S. Swanson Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148
T (215) 683-9653
F (215) 683-9568
ckirlin@philapark.org

Taxicab Tariff Rate Increases

Notice to All Interested Parties:

As previously advised, on August 23, 2017, the Philadelphia Parking Authority Board amended Order No. 17-005 by extending the effective date of the taxicab tariff’s mileage and waiting time increment increase to $0.25 until December 1, 2017 pursuant to a petition filed with the Taxicab and Limousine Division (TLD) by taxicab driver Ronald Blount.

All owners of taxicabs under the jurisdiction of the Authority shall make arrangements with the meter technology vendor of each taxicab prior to December 1, 2017 for adjustments to the meter concerning this rate change.  Immediately upon compliance with the rate adjustment on the meter, the taxicab shall be presented to the TLD for a meter inspection and seal prior to returning to service.

The TLD will not be publishing an amended schedule.  The medallion owner is responsible for ensuring that it adheres to the aforementioned deadline.

Thank you,

Christine A. Kirlin, Esq.
Director
Taxicab and Limousine Division

Replacement of 2009 Model Year Taxicabs

Reminder Notice to All Owners of 2009 Taxicabs:

On November 4, 2016, Governor Wolf signed Act 164 of 2016 into law, which among other things, changed the Taxicab and Limousine Division’s (TLD) inspection process.  Under Act 164, taxicabs are no longer subject to biannual inspections.  Therefore, the last day on which a 2009 model year vehicle may be operated in taxicab service is December 31, 2017.

This date is fast approaching and this reminder is intended to help prevent scheduling conflicts.  Please do not wait until the last minute to replace your vehicle.  Please contact the TLD Enforcement Department at (215) 683-9447 to schedule a change-of-vehicle.

Thank you.

William P. Schmid
Deputy Director of the TLD
Philadelphia Parking Authority
WSchmid@philapark.org

REMINDER: Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking – Transportation Network Companies

Notice to All Interested Parties:

On November 4, 2016, the Pennsylvania General Assembly and Governor Wolf passed legislation, known as Act 164, which legalized the services provided by Transportation Network Companies (“TNC”), such as Uber and Lyft, to operate in Philadelphia under the exclusive jurisdiction of the Philadelphia Parking Authority (“Authority”).  See 53 Pa.C.S. Chapter 57A (relating to transportation network companies).

While Act 164 provides a substantive framework as to the requirements for the regulation and enforcement of TNCs in Philadelphia, Act 164 empowers the Authority to promulgate rules and regulations necessary to govern the regulation of TNCs.  Toward this end, the Authority’s Taxicab and Limousine Division (“TLD”) is initiating this Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

Therefore, the TLD is now seeking information and comment from the public at large, members of the taxicab, limousine, dispatcher and TNC industries, prospective and current technology vendors and any other interested parties regarding suggestions as to the language requirements of any proposed TNC regulation.  Comments should include specific section references to 53 Pa.C.S. Chapter 57A and should also delineate the rationale for the proposed regulation as well as specific proposed language for the regulations.  Please be advised that proposed rulemaking must be consistent with Act 164.

The TLD will hold a public comment hearing on Thursday, August 31, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the I.A.T.S.E. Ballroom, located at 2401 Swanson Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148 (next to TLD Headquarters).  You may download here the Authority’s public meeting participation policy, which lists several rules and guidelines: Download Participation Policy.  We would appreciate your compliance when contributing your comments at the hearing on August 31, 2017.

Due to the comprehensive nature of this rulemaking, interested parties will be given sixty (60) days from the date of publication of the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, which is no later than September 27, 2017.  All written comments must be submitted to the attention of Christine A. Kirlin, Esq., TLD Director, at ckirlin@philapark.org or by mail to: Philadelphia Parking Authority, Taxicab and Limousine Division, 2415 S. Swanson Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148.

Thank you for your input during this important endeavor.

Christine A. Kirlin, Esq.
Director
Taxicab and Limousine Division