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PROFESSIONAL TAXICAB STANDARDS AND MEDALLION ESTABLISHMENT ACT OF 2011

PROFESSIONAL TAXICAB STANDARDS AND MEDALLION ESTABLISHMENT ACT OF 2011

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 _____________________________ _____________________________ 1Councilmember Marion Barry Councilmember Harry Thomas, Jr.234 _____________________________ _____________________________ 5Councilmember Michael Brown67A BILL8 ________ 910IN THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA11 ________ 1213To require the District of Columbia Taxicab Commission to professionalize taxicab14services in the District of Columbia, establish a taxicab medallion system and implement15uniform standards for the taxicab industry in the District of Columbia.1617BE IT ENACTED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this18act may be cited as the “Professional Taxicab Standards and Medallion Establishment Act of 192011”.20
Sec. 2. Definitions.
 21For the purposes of this act, the term:22(1) “Commission” means the District of Columbia Taxicab Commission23(“DCTC”).24(2) “Company” means any company, corporation, partnership or association25engaging in the business of owning and operating taxicabs.26(3) “Medallion” means a metal plate designed and issued by the Commission27affixed to a taxicab authorizing it to be operated within the jurisdiction of the Commission or any28other jurisdiction that authorizes its operation as a vehicle for hire.29(4) “Taxicab” means any full-sized, four-door passenger vehicle for hire having a30seating capacity of to eight (8) or fewer passengers, exclusive of the driver, and it does not31include a compact or subcompact vehicle.32
 
2(5) “Individually operated taxicab” means any taxicab which is owned and1operated by an individual or as a sole proprietor.2(6) “Wheelchair accessible vehicle” means any vehicle which accommodates a3 passenger using a wheelchair or other personal mobility device who needs a ramp or lift to enter 4or exit the vehicle.5(7) “Low-emissions vehicle” (“LEV”) means a vehicle approved for use as a6taxicab by the Commission that receives an air pollution score of 9.5 or higher from the United7States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) or its successor agency and is estimated to8emit 5.0 tons or less of equivalent carbon dioxide per year by the United States Department of 9Energy (“DOE”) or its successor agency; provided that such vehicle is powered by fuel for 10which such vehicle meets the above-specified standards.11(8) “Geographically underserved areas” means east of the Anacostia River (Wards127 and 8) and other designated areas of far northeast in Ward 5 as determined by the Commission.13
Sec. 3. Establishment of a Taxicab Medallion System.
 14(a) Classes of medallions15(1) All medallions shall be classified as follows: (i) Class 1 Unrestricted16Individual and Company; (ii) Class 2 Restricted Individual and Company; (iii) Class 3 Low-17Emissions Vehicle (LEV) Individual and Company, Unrestricted or Restricted, (iv) Class 418Wheelchair Accessible, Individual and Company Unrestricted, (v) Class 5 Individual permits,19Unrestricted and Restricted, for non-District resident DCTC (“DC tag”) registered taxi drivers20 pursuant to the Non-Resident Taxi Drivers Registration Amendment Act of 2008 effective21March 26, 2008 (D.C. Law 17-130); and, (v) Class 6 Unrestricted permits for conventions and22special events.23
 
3(A) A Class 1 Unrestricted medallion shall authorize the use of a vehicle1as a taxicab owned and/or operated by an individual or company anywhere within the District of 2Columbia or any other jurisdiction that authorizes its use for transporting passengers.3(B) A Class 2 Restricted medallion shall authorize the use of a vehicle as a4taxicab owned and/or operated by an individual or company in the geographically underserved5areas as defined in Sec. 2(8) of this Act, and that such taxicab operator will be able to drive a6 passenger to a destination outside the geographically underserved areas or any other jurisdiction7that authorizes its use for transporting passengers. Further, such a taxicab operator will be able to8 pick up a passenger on its return trip and transport the passenger to a destination within the9geographically underserved areas.10(C) A Class 3 LEV Unrestricted medallion shall authorize the use of a11low-emissions vehicle as a taxicab owned and/or operated by an individual or company12anywhere within the District of Columbia or any other jurisdiction that authorizes its use for 13transporting passengers; provided that the Commission places a cap on the number of LEVs.14(D) A Class 3 LEV Restricted medallion shall authorize the use of a low-15emissions vehicle as a taxicab owned and/or operated by an individual or company in the16geographically underserved areas as defined in Sec. 2(8) of this Act, and provided that such17taxicab operator be able to drive a passenger to a destination outside the geographically18underserved areas or any other jurisdiction that authorizes its use for transporting passenger(s).19(E) A Class 4 Wheelchair Unrestricted medallion shall authorize the use of 20a wheelchair accessible vehicle as a taxicab owned and/or operated by an individual or company21anywhere within the District of Columbia or any other jurisdiction that authorizes its use for 22

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