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Notice of Taxicab Rate Review – Request for Public Comment

Notice To All Interested Parties:

On February 22, 2017, a Petition for Rate Change (“Petition”) was filed with the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s (“Authority”) Taxicab and Limousine Division (“TLD”) requesting a change to the existing rates charged by taxicabs operating in Philadelphia.  A copy of the Petition may be downloaded here: Petition No. P-17-02-01.

The Petition requests, among other things, that:

1.) The Authority re-establish boundaries of all taxicab trips within the airport flat-rate zone;
2.) The minimum fare originating from PHL airport be increased from $11.00 to $20.00, which includes the $1.50 egress fee;
3.) A convenience fee of $1.00 be charged to a taxicab customer using a credit card, or in the alternative, a 5% convenience fee be charged to a taxicab customer using a credit card;
4.) The mileage and waiting time increments be increased from $0.23 to $0.25;
5.) A $0.50 per trip “rush hour” surcharge be added to all taxicab fares between the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and between 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.; and
6.) Taxicab drivers be provided the option of charging a $35.00 cleaning fee to a taxicab passenger that vomits or intentionally incapacities the inside of a taxicab from the use of other riders.

The TLD will formally request to the Authority on March 24, 2017 to approve the reopening of a rate investigation. Contingent upon the Authority’s approval, the TLD is now seeking information and comment from the public-at-large, members of the taxicab, limousine and dispatcher industry, prospective and current technology vendors and any other interested parties regarding the Petition.

The TLD will hold a public comment hearing concerning the Petition on Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Independence Visitor Center, Liberty View Ballroom, 2nd Floor, at 1 N. Independence Mall West, 6th and Market Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19106. This notice will also be published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on March 18, 2017.

The TLD requests that all comments that are to be presented at the public comment hearing also be submitted in writing either before or at the hearing to the attention of: Christine Kirlin, Esq., Administrative Counsel, at ckirlin@philapark.org; or by mail to her attention at: Philadelphia Parking Authority, Taxicab and Limousine Division, 2415 S. Swanson Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148-4113.

The TLD very much appreciates your input concerning this matter. Thank you.

Michael Casey, Director
Taxicab and Limousine Division
2415 S. Swanson Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148
T: 215-683-9417
F: 215-683-9437
MCaseyTLD@philapark.org

Amended Taxicab and Limousine Temporary Regulations

Notice to All Interested Parties:
On January 27, 2017, the Philadelphia Parking Authority (“Authority”) entered an Order adopting temporary taxicab and limousine regulations to become part of 52 Pa. Code Part II with an effective date of February 25, 2017.  However, the Authority’s Taxicab and Limousine Division (“TLD”) has since received and reviewed written comments from various industry members and the public relating to the temporary regulations.
Upon consideration of all comments received concerning the temporary regulations and further review by the TLD, the Authority proposed certain amendments to the temporary regulations.  On February 24, 2017, the Authority’s Board entered and adopted an Order under Docket No. 17-002 approving the amended temporary regulations with the same effective date of February 25, 2017.

The amended temporary regulations may be downloaded here: Authority Order No. 17-002 & Temporary Taxicab and Limousine Regulations

The revised penalty guidelines, reduced penalty schedule and FY 2017 Fee Schedule may be reviewed and obtained at http://www.philapark.org/resources-and-forms/.

Michael Casey, Director

Taxicab and Limousine Division

Taxicab and Limousine Temporary Regulations

Notice to all Interested Parties:

Pursuant to the passage of Act 164 on November 4, 2016, the Philadelphia Parking Authority (“Authority”) is required to promulgate temporary regulations by February 6, 2016. The temporary regulations must address certain issues relating to the regulation of taxicabs and limousines providing service in Philadelphia (see Act 164 § 57B02).

On December 1, 2016, the Taxicab and Limousine Division (“TLD”) issued notice initiating a public comment period requesting written comments concerning the issues raised in Act 164 § 57B02. Notice was also published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on December 10, 2016.  A reminder notice seeking written comments was issued on December 30, 2016 along with a preliminary draft of the temporary regulations.  On January 4, 2017, the Authority held a public comment hearing concerning the temporary regulations.  Lastly, the TLD also met with various industry members several times this month to discuss the drafting of the temporary regulations.

After review and consideration of all comments received, the Authority’s Board voted on January 27, 2017 to approve the proposed temporary regulations.  However, the temporary regulations will not become effective until February 25, 2017.

This will allow for additional time to review the temporary regulations and submit written suggestions/proposals to the Authority concerning the temporary regulations.  As such, the deadline for the general public to provide written comment to the Authority is extended to February 8, 2016.

If the Authority determines that certain changes/deletions/additions need to be made to the temporary regulations after reviewing and considering any written comments that are submitted, then the Authority will request those changes to be made to the temporary regulations by Board Order at the next regularly scheduled Authority Board meeting on February 24, 2017.

All written comments shall be submitted to the attention of Christine Kirlin, Esq., Administrative Counsel, at ckirlin@philapark.org or by mail to her attention at: Philadelphia Parking Authority, Taxicab and Limousine Division, 2415 S. Swanson Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148.

The January 27, 2017 Authority Order listed on Docket No. 17-001 and temporary regulations under Annex A may be downloaded here: (Download).

Michael Casey, Director

Taxicab and Limousine Division

Notice of Public Comment Hearing – Temporary Regulations

To All Interested Parties:

Pursuant to the passage of Act 164 on November 4, 2016, the Philadelphia Parking Authority (“Authority”) is required to promulgate temporary regulations by February 6, 2017.  The temporary regulations must address certain issues relating to the regulation of taxicab and limousines providing service in Philadelphia (see Act 164 § 57B02).

On December 1, 2016, the Taxicab and Limousine Division (“TLD”) sent written notice seeking information and comment from the general public, taxicab and limousine industry members and prospective/current vendors of associated industry equipment concerning the temporary regulations.  Notice was also published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on December 10, 2016.

The notice further advised that the TLD will hold a public comment hearing concerning the temporary regulations on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Independence Visitors Center, Liberty View Ballroom, 2nd Floor, at 1 N. Independence Mall West, 6th and Market Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19106.

The TLD again requests that all comments that are to be presented at the public comment hearing also be submitted in writing either before or at the hearing.  Otherwise, any other written comments shall be submitted no later than January 20, 2017.  All comments shall be submitted to the attention of Christine Kirlin, Esq., Administrative Counsel, at ckirlin@philapark.org or by mail to her attention at Philadelphia, Parking Authority, Taxicab and Limousine Division, 2415 S. Swanson Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148-4113.

A preliminary draft of the changes to existing TLD regulations for the temporary regulations is attached hereto for the public’s convenience (Download Draft Temp Regs here).  Also attached is the Authority’s Participation Policy concerning public participation at the Janaury 4, 2017 public comment hearing (Download Policy here).

The TLD very much appreciates your input concerning this important endeavor.  Thank you.

Michael Casey, Director
Taxicab and Limousine Division
2415 S. Swanson Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148
T 215-683-9417
F 215-683-9437
MCaseyTLD@philapark.org

 

Important Information Concerning Taxicab Inspections

To All Taxicab Owners and Drivers:

On November 4, 2016, Governor Wolf signed Act 164 into law. This new law made many changes in the regulation of taxicabs. In particular to this message, Act 164 changes the selection process and requirements for taxicab inspections. Bi-annual mechanical safety inspections are no longer required and State and Emission inspections do not have to be solely administered by the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s (“Authority”) Taxicab and Limousine Division (“TLD”). Instead, and in compliance with Act 164, the TLD will only be selecting 25% of the taxicab fleet annually for a safety inspection. Taxicab owners must also be aware that while State inspection and Emission testing are no longer mandated to be done by the Authority, the TLD will, however, continue to offer this service. The fee for a regulatory safety inspection is $25.00, pass or fail. The fee for State and Emissions inspection is $33.65, pass or fail.

As a result of the changes to the inspection process, new TLD inspection stickers will be issued. Unlike the old stickers that indicated when a taxicab is next due for inspection, the new stickers will now indicate when the taxicab last passed an Authority inspection (sample attached here).  It is incumbent upon taxicab owners to keep their vehicles in compliance with State and Authority inspection standards at all times, including displaying valid State inspection stickers.

The TLD anticipates mailing out the first set of inspection notices by December 15, 2016 with implementation of this new process to start on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. Any previously scheduled taxicab inspection is to be disregarded.

If you have any questions, please contact the TLD inspection garage supervisor at (215) 683-9447. Thank you.

William P. Schmid
Deputy Director of the TLD
The Philadelphia Parking Authority
2415 S. Swanson Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148-4113
W: 215.683.9471
F: 215.683.9452
WSchmid@Philapark.org