News & Updates

April 17, 2014

Notice to all Interested Parties: May 2014 Fuel Surcharge

Notice to all Interested Parties: May 2014 Fuel Surcharge
On April 23, 2012 the Board of the Philadelphia Parking Authority, at its scheduled April meeting approved a measure implementing a fuel surcharge system for all Philadelphia
Taxicabs and Airport Transfer Services, (a category of limousine service largely provided in vans).

The surcharge system allows for the fuel surcharge to change monthly based on fluctuating gas prices as described in the chart posted with the Board Resolution of April 23, 2012 (see link for chart on this page at December 19 Posting).

As required in the April 23, 2012 Resolution, the average price per gallon of regular, unleaded gasoline must be evaluated each month, the corresponding surcharge determined and then posted on the Taxicab and Limousine page of the Authority’s
website on the third Friday of that month for the following month. 

The fuel surcharge for May 1, 2014 through May 31, 2014 is as follows:

For Taxicabs – $1.05 per trip.

For Airport Transfer Services (as described above) – $2.35 per passenger.


April 1, 2014 

Transfer Application Received

 Paramjit Trans, Inc. P-0513


March 20, 2014 

 

On April 23, 2012 the Board of the Philadelphia Parking Authority, at its scheduled April meeting approved a measure implementing a fuel surcharge system for all Philadelphia Taxicabs and Airport Transfer Services, (a category of limousine service largely provided in vans).

The surcharge system allows for the fuel surcharge to change monthly based on fluctuating gas prices as described in the chart posted with the Board Resolution of April 23, 2012 (see link for chart on this page at December 19 Posting).

As required in the April 23, 2012 Resolution, the average price per gallon of regular, unleaded gasoline must be evaluated each month, the corresponding surcharge determined and then posted on the Taxicab and Limousine page of the Authority’s website on the third Friday of that month for the following month.

The fuel surcharge for April 1, 2014 through April 30, 2014 is as follows:

For Taxicabs – $1.05 per trip.

For Airport Transfer Services (as described above) – $2.35 per passenger.


March 20, 2014

Transfer Applications Received

Toru, Inc. P-0220

Toru, Inc. P-1589


March 5, 2014

No. 14-0002 (140226) Neighborhood Extension


February 19, 2014

Notice to all Interested Parties: March 2014 Fuel Surcharge

On April 23, 2012 the Board of the Philadelphia Parking Authority, at its scheduled April meeting approved a measure implementing a fuel surcharge system for all Philadelphia Taxicabs and Airport Transfer Services, (a category of limousine service largely provided in vans).

The surcharge system allows for the fuel surcharge to change monthly based on fluctuating gas prices as described in the chart posted with the Board Resolution of April 23, 2012 (see link for chart on this page at December 19 Posting).

As required in the April 23, 2012 Resolution, the average price per gallon of regular, unleaded gasoline must be evaluated each month, the corresponding surcharge determined and then posted on the Taxicab and Limousine page of the Authority’s website on the third Friday of that month for the following month.

The fuel surcharge for March 1, 2014 through March 31, 2014 is as follows:

For Taxicabs – $1.00 per trip.

For Airport Transfer Services (as described above) – $2.25 per passenger.


Crown Limousine Stock Transfer

Crown Limousine Inc.


February 10, 2014

Transfer Applications Received

Jai Luxmi, Inc. A-14-01-04
Satgur Cab Co. A-14-01-02
SHH Cab Corp. A-14-01-03


February 7, 2014

Reminder – Public Comment Hearing Regarding Proposed WAV Taxicab and Medallion Sale Regulations – 2/12/14

The Philadelphia Parking Authority Taxicab and Limousine Division seeks information and comment from the public at large, prospective vendors of associated equipment and the industry concerning Proposed Rulemaking Order 126-5 which will establish mandatory requirements for the operation of medallion taxicabs restricted to wheelchair accessible taxicab service.

Comment will also be taken at this time regarding Proposed Rulemaking Order 126-6 which will amend Chapter 1013 of the Taxicab and Limousine Regulations to add a subchapter titled Medallion Sales by the Authority which will establish the rules the Authority will follow to sell medallions.

The Proposed Rulemaking Orders may be viewed on the Authority website: www.philapark.org (http://www.philapark.org/) under “News and Updates”:

Proposed Rulemaking Order 126-5 at August 2, 2013

Proposed Rulemaking Order 126-6 at September 30, 2013

Written comments may be submitted at the hearing or before the hearing to the attention of Charles Milstein, Esquire, Assistant to Director at cmilstein@philapark.org or by mail: Philadelphia Parking Authority Taxicab and Limousine Division, 2415 S. Swanson Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148-4113.

The hearing will be held on Wednesday February 12, 2014 from 10 AM to 12 PM at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 110AB at 12th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Please call Charles Milstein, 215-683-9637 with any questions.

We very much appreciate your input concerning this important endeavor.

James R. Ney, Director

Taxicab and Limousine Division

Philadelphia Parking Authority


February 4, 2014

New Application Received for Luxury Limousine Rights

Alpha Limousine Services, Inc.


January 29th, 2014

No. 14-0001 (140124) Neighborhood Extension


January 17, 2014

Notice to all Interested Parties: February 2014 Fuel Surcharge

On April 23, 2012 the Board of the Philadelphia Parking Authority, at its scheduled April meeting approved a measure implementing a fuel surcharge system for all Philadelphia Taxicabs and Airport Transfer Services, (a category of limousine service largely provided in vans).

The surcharge system allows for the fuel surcharge to change monthly based on fluctuating gas prices as described in the chart posted with the Board Resolution of April 23, 2012 (see link for chart on this page at December 19 Posting).

As required in the April 23, 2012 Resolution, the average price per gallon of regular, unleaded gasoline must be evaluated each month, the corresponding surcharge determined and then posted on the Taxicab and Limousine page of the Authority’s website on the third Friday of that month for the following month.

The fuel surcharge for February 1, 2014 through February 28, 2014 is as follows:

For Taxicabs – $1.00 per trip.

For Airport Transfer Services (as described above) – $2.25 per passenger.


January 13, 2014

Transfer Applications Received

Leyla Taxi, LLC A-13-12-03
Pier Taxi, LLC A-13-12-02
Ryder Cup Taxi, LLC A-13-12-01


January 13, 2014

Hearings for 126-5 and 126-6

Hearing for 126-5 & 126-6 

Participation Policy


January 7, 2014

Transfer Application Received

Kerns L., Inc. Notice in Bul 01-11-14


December 27, 2013

Applications for New Rights

Uptown Limousine & Car Service Limo Serv 9-15 Passengers

Uptown Limousine & Car Service, LLC Airport Transfer Service

Uptown Limousine and Car Service, LLC Luxury Sedan


December 17, 2013 

Notice to all Interested Parties: January 2014 Fuel Surcharge

On April 23, 2012 the Board of the Philadelphia Parking Authority, at its scheduled April meeting approved a measure implementing a fuel surcharge system for all Philadelphia Taxicabs and Airport Transfer Services, (a category of limousine service largely provided in vans).

The surcharge system allows for the fuel surcharge to change monthly based on fluctuating gas prices as described in the chart posted with the Board Resolution of April 23, 2012 (see link for chart on this page at December 19 Posting).

As required in the April 23, 2012 Resolution, the average price per gallon of regular, unleaded gasoline must be evaluated each month, the corresponding surcharge determined and then posted on the Taxicab and Limousine page of the Authority’s website on the third Friday of that month for the following month.

The fuel surcharge for January 1, 2014 through January 31, 2014 is as follows:

For Taxicabs – $.95 per trip.

For Airport Transfer Services (as described above) – $2.15 per passenger.

January 2014 Fuel Surcharge Notice


November 26, 2013

Bajaj Traders, Inc.
Balaji Consultants, Inc. A-13-11-05
Mashal, Inc.
Paramjit Trans, Inc. A-13-11-04
Pooni Cab Co. P-1232
Toru, Inc..


November 22, 2013

New Transfer Applications Received

JS Taxi, Inc. A-13-10-02
Lancine Diarassouba, Stock Transfer 100%
MGA Taxi, Inc. A-13-10-03
NRT Trans, Inc. A-13-10-05
SM Taxi, Inc. A-13-10-04
Waiver Germantown Cab Co. P-13-09-08

 


November 15, 2013

On April 23, 2012 the Board of the Philadelphia Parking Authority, at its scheduled April meeting approved a measure implementing a fuel surcharge system for all Philadelphia Taxicabs and Airport Transfer Services, (a category of limousine service largely provided in vans).

The surcharge system allows for the fuel surcharge to change monthly based on fluctuating gas prices as described in the chart posted with the Board Resolution of April 23, 2012 (see link for chart on this page at December 19 Posting).

As required in the April 23, 2012 Resolution, the average price per gallon of regular, unleaded gasoline must be evaluated each month, the corresponding surcharge determined and then posted on the Taxicab and Limousine page of the Authority’s website on the third Friday of that month for the following month.

The fuel surcharge for December 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013 is as follows:

For Taxicabs – $.90 per trip.

For Airport Transfer Services (as described above) – $2.05 per passenger.


October 8, 2013

Notice to all Interested Parties: November 2013 Fuel Surcharge

On April 23, 2012 the Board of the Philadelphia Parking Authority, at its scheduled April meeting approved a measure implementing a fuel surcharge system for all Philadelphia Taxicabs and Airport Transfer Services, (a category of limousine service largely provided in vans).

The surcharge system allows for the fuel surcharge to change monthly based on fluctuating gas prices as described in the chart posted with the Board Resolution of April 23, 2012 (see link for chart on this page at December 19 Posting).

As required in the April 23, 2012 Resolution, the average price per gallon of regular, unleaded gasoline must be evaluated each month, the corresponding surcharge determined and then posted on the Taxicab and Limousine page of the Authority’s website on the third Friday of that month for the following month.

The fuel surcharge for November 1, 2013 through November 30, 2013 is as follows:

For Taxicabs – $.95 per trip.

For Airport Transfer Services (as described above) – $2.15 per passenger.


October 2, 2013

New Applications and Transfers Received

H Bhatti, Inc. P-1155
M.S. Cab Corp. P-0537 & P-1023
Old Timers Cab Corp. P-0408 & P-1580
Osark Trans, Inc. P-0697
Premier Luxury Rental, Inc. Limousine
Taxi 326, LLC 10-12-13
Toru Inc. P- 1438


September 30, 2013

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


September 27, 2013

New Applications and Transfer Applications Received

Millennium Car Service, Inc.
E & M Trans., Inc.
Delaware County Transportation Services, Inc.
Ch. Razia Cab Co.


 

September 16, 2013

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


August 30th, 2013

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 to cmilstein@philapark.org in advance of the meeting. Please call 215-683- 9637 with any questions.


August 2nd, 2013

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


July 12th, 2013

To All Industry Members:

This notification of a new fee schedule was necessitated by the enactment of Act 64 of 2013. The new TLD Assessment & Fee Schedules for fiscal year 2014, along with Act 64, are attached for your reference.

Shop costs for FY 2014 
130709.HB 1490 As Signed by Gov
Assessment & Fee Schedule FY14


May 23rd, 2013

Notice To All Interested Parties
Attached is the Fiscal Year 2014 Fee Schedule for taxicab and limousine service providers regulated by the Philadelphia Parking Authority Taxicab and Limousine Division. THE 2014 FEE SCHEDULE GOES INTO EFFECT ON JULY 1, 2013.

Fee Schedule FY 2014


May 11th, 2013

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.


April 3rd, 2013

Applications Received for Limousine Service

 

Park Ave Lux Limo Service, Inc. Airport Transfer Service

Atlantis Limousine Service, LLC, Luxury Limousine Service


 


March 20, 2013

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.

Alert To Parents as the Prom and Graduation Season Approaches

As we approach spring, many families are busy preparing for Proms and Graduations. A key part of your preparations may be making transportation arrangements. In that regard, the Philadelphia Parking Authority (Authority) wants to help safe guard your loved ones from illegal limousine operators.

Limousine carriers operating between points within Philadelphia are regulated by the Authority. Trips between points in the City and points within the Commonwealth may also be regulated by the Public Utility Commission.

If the deal sounds too good to be true it probably is. Don’t trust your loved ones and their once in a life time moments to unregulated and under insured carriers. Properly licensed carriers use first class vehicles that have undergone rigorous inspections. These licensed companies use only certified drivers who have undergone a detailed vetting process.

Interested parents can check a carrier’s status by contacting the Taxicab and Limousine Division at 215-683-9440, 9444 or taxicomplaints@philapark.org.


March 7, 2013

Notice to All Industry Members

The Taxicab & Limousine Division (TLD) has recently discovered that broadcast email messages to industry members are not always being transferred to and received by all Yahoo email accounts. In an effort to control spam from reaching its users email accounts, Yahoo has a policy that does not allow the delivery of an email message that is sent from one email address to more than a certain number of Yahoo email accounts at one time.

Pursuant to TLD Regulations, all certificate holders, brokers and those regulated parties that have voluntarily registered an email address per Section 1001.51(c) are required to have a valid working email account to accept service by the TLD. Therefore, you are advised to use email accounts that are capable of receiving mass broadcast email messages from the TLD. You are responsible for assuring that your email account is capable of performing in the commercial manner necessary to be a regulated party as Yahoo may not be the only email service provider preventing mass broadcast messages from being delivered.

Therefore, for those regulated parties that currently have a Yahoo account registered with the TLD, you now have 15 days to register a new email account. This must be done by filing a Change of Information Form which can be found on this website under “Forms & Lists”. For those that use other email service providers, please check the terms and conditions of the provider’s email service and look out for changes in the future. Failure to have a valid working email address registered with the TLD may result in the issuance of a penalty.


March 4, 2013

Notice to All Industry Members: EFFECTIVE MONDAY, MARCH 4, 2013

All applicants for driver certification must be able to sufficiently speak in the English language to communicate with the general public, to understand highway traffic signs and signals in the English language, to respond to official inquiries and to make verifiable entries on reports and records (see 52 Pa. Code §§ 1021.4 & 1057.4). Therefore, an application for new driver certification (DR-1) may only be filed upon proving proficiency in the English language.

All persons applying for new driver certification must first prove their ability to sufficiently speak in the English Language.  English Proficiency examinations will only be given Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Only after passing an English Proficiency Examination may a person file a New Driver Certificate Application (DR-1) at the TLD Customer Service Window.  The TLD Customer Service Window will only accept the filing of  a DR-1 Monday through Friday between 8:30 to 12:00 p.m.

This process applies to all DR-1 new driver certificate applications, regardless of the classification (taxicab, limousine or dual certification).  If you have any questions or need further clarification, please contact the TLD at (215) 683-9458 or at tld@philapark.org.  Thank you.


February 7, 2013

Notice To All Interested Parties:

Attached please find the Philadelphia Parking Authority, Taxicab and Limousine Division’s (TLD) Fiscal Year 2014 Budget and Fees for your review and comment. We would greatly appreciate any written comment you may have by close of business on Wednesday, February 20th, 2013. Comments may be forwarded to Charles Milstein, Assistant to the Director at cmilstein@philapark.org or at the address of the TLD below.The budget and public comment invitation were forwarded via email to all certificate holders and anyone with an email address registered with the TLD and posted on the Authority’s website on February 7, 2013.

Additionally, a public Comment Hearing will be held at the offices of the TLD, 2415 S. Swanson Street in Philadelphia on Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 at 10:30 AM.

Proposed Budget 2014

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


 

February 15, 2013

USE OF ATTORNEYS BY INDUSTRY MEMBERS

The TLD’s Regulations require the use of a certified Broker or licensed attorney for some transactions before the Authority. However, the Enforcement Department strongly recommends that you seek the advice of legal counsel before approving or signing stock transfers, medallion or certificate transfers, management agreements, powers of attorney and other documents affecting your rights.

The Enforcement Department has received numerous complaints from industry members about these issues after the documents have been signed. The use of an attorney prior to signing those documents may have prevented the complainant’s problems and saved both time and money.

Anyone can obtain a lawyer referral by contacting the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral service at: www.philadelphiabarlawyers.com or by calling 215 238-6333.


 

February 4, 2013

PROPOSED RULEMAKING ORDER Docket No. 126-3 Regarding Impoundment, etc.

Docket No. 126-3

PROPOSED RULEMAKING ORDER DOCKET no. 126-4 Regarding Recent Statutory Changes and Clarification of Certain Regulations

Docket No. 126-4

Title Executive Board Advisory Opinion – 13-0001

In accordance with ofthe act ofJuly 16,2004, (P.L. 758, No. 94), as amended, 53 Pa.C.S. §§5701 et seq., (the “act”),) the Authority, on January 28,2013, formally commenced the process to promulgate regulations to provide more specific procedures related to the impoundment of vehicles, equipment and medallions by the Authority pursuant to the act under Authority Docket No. 126-3.

Pending the final adoption of the proposed rulemaking or further modification by this Board, it will be the policy of the Authority to adhere to the scope, practice and procedures provided in Annex A ofthe Proposed Rule Making Order dated January 28,2013 under Docket No. 126-3 when exercising any impoundment authorization under the act.


January 4th, 2013

Notice of Final Rulemaking Order, Concerning Philadelphia Parking Authority Taxicab and Limousine Regulations - Electronic Testimony

Final Rulemaking Order – Electronic Testimony


December 18th, 2012

Notice of New Limousine Rights Application

Gegen, LLC

 


November 2nd, 2012

Notice to all Interested Parties Concerning New Electronic Testimony Regulation

The Authority seeks input regarding the finalization of the final-form electronic testimony regulation. This proposed regulation was submitted to the Independent Regulatory Review Commission on May 7, 2012. Comments may be submitted to Charles Milstein at cmilstein@philapark.org or 2415 S. Swanson Street, Philadelphia PA 19148. Comments should be submitted on or before November 16, 2012.

DRAFT Reg Final Form

William P. Kilrain, Manager, Pa. PUC 11-6-12 Brian P. Ravert, Amtrak Police Department 11-9-12

PPA Regulation


September 18, 2012

Please be advised that a public comment hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday, October 3rd at 10:00AM in Room 108 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th and Arch Streets in Philadelphia.

This hearing has been scheduled in order to receive further comment as to suggestions for regulations to implement a successful Wheelchair Accessible Taxicab Program in Philadelphia. As only five sets of written comments were received regarding this issue during the recently concluded comment period which ended on September 7th, we believe it necessary to establish a forum where those who prefer to do so may offer verbal comment in the presence of other interested parties. In addition, the period for PPA-TLD acceptance of written comments has been reopened and will extend until the 10/3 hearing date.

In accordance with our original request for information and comments of August 30, 2012 posted/attached immediately below, we are interested in obtaining input from all stakeholders of wheelchair accessible taxicab service in Philadelphia.


August 30, 2012

Important Reminder: The Taxicab and Limousine Division Seeks Public Comment and Information Concerning Implementation of ACT 119 by September 7, 2012


August 3, 2012

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION AND COMMENT FROM THE TAXICAB AND LIMOUSINE DIVISION OF THE PHILADELPHIA PARKING AUTHORITY CONCERNING PENNSYLVANIA ACT 119 OF 2012

Act 119 (formerly HB 2390) which is attached below, was signed into law by Governor Corbett on July 5, 2012. Among the several provisions enumerated in the Act, it provides for immediate issuance for sale of 15 new medallions to be placed only on wheelchair accessible taxicabs with 15 additional such medallions to be sold annually for the next ten years for a total of 150 medallions slated for wheelchair accessible taxicabs in Philadelphia. The Act also provides for establishment of a wheelchair accessible taxicab driver training and certification program with substantial incentives for qualified drivers to participate.

The Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) is now tasked with establishing the regulatory framework for launching and maintaining a safe, reliable and robust system for supply of wheelchair accessible taxicab service to those individuals who need it, when and where they need it. While we feel confident we will be able to do this in a timely manner, we realize that we cannot do it alone and are seeking assistance through input from multiple entities whose areas of expertise or personal experience focus on at least some aspect of provision of this form of transportation.

Accordingly, the Taxicab and Limousine Division of the PPA seeks information and comment from the public at large, including the community of people with disabilities as well as from taxicab and limousine industry members concerning not only the issues specifically described below but any others that those commenting believe need to be considered.

We welcome comment from all concerning initial sale and/or distribution of the WAV medallions whether that be by public auction or by competitive bid through submitted proposals for all fifteen medallions annually or some increment thereof over time.

We are also interested in hearing everyone’s thoughts concerning the optimal method for dispatch of W A V taxicabs given our current industry makeup which includes 14 Certified Dispatchers for our current total of 1600 medallion taxicabs.

We are keenly interested in hearing from vendors of wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAV’s) suitable for taxicab service, WAV retrofit services and distributors of related equipment. We want to hear from those entities providing training programs for W A V drivers and regulatory/inspections staff. We seek input from vendors of software and payment programs for channeling governmental funds provided to people with disabilities for transportation in taxicabs.

Finally, we are very interested in hearing from taxicab and limousine regulatory bodies in other jurisdictions where wheelchair accessible taxicab programs have already been implemented.

We will post comments and information submittals on our website at www.philapark.org on the Taxicab and Limousine page as we receive them.

Please forward written comments and information by close of business, September 7, 2012 to the attention of Michele Ruffin, Executive Assistant, at mruffin@philapark.org or at the mailing address below.

Philadelphia Parking Authority Taxicab and Limousine Division

2415 S. Swanson Street Philadelphia, PA 19148-4113

Thank you very much in advance for assisting us in this endeavor.

James R. Ney, Director

Taxicab and Limousine Division

Philadelphia Parking Authority

Act 119 of 2012 – House Bill 2390

Comments:

Alex Friedman

Ronnie Ellen Raymond

Filomena Ranieri Ward

Taxi Workers Alliance of Pennsylvania

GPHLTA

Cabconnect

Public Hearing Minutes 10-3-12


September 21, 2012

Medallion Taxicab Transfer Applications Received

Gabon Taxi, LLC Seller – Mehrdad

Gabon Taxi, LLC Seller – Felder

 


September 14, 2012

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:

     
Maximum Leases Vehicle Supplied by Medallion Owner Vehicle Supplied by Driver
12 – Hour Shift $70 NA
Daily $95 $70
Weekly $570 $420

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


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