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A BILL __________
IN THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA __________
Councilmember Mary M. Cheh introduced the following bill, which was referred to the Committee on ____________. To amend the District of Columbia Taxicab Commission Establishment Act of 1985 to clarify the regulation of businesses connecting customers to sedan services. BE IT ENACTED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this act may be cited as the “Sedan Class Amendment Act of 2012”. Sec. 2. Sections 20m is amended to the District of Columbia Taxicab Commission Establishment Act of 1985, effective March 25, 1986 (D.C. Law 6-97; D.C. Official Code § 50301 et seq.), by adding new subsections (d) and (e) to read as follows: “(d) The Commission may create classes of public vehicles-for-hire independent of taxicabs and limousines, including sedan class vehicles. The Commission may issue rules and regulations governing the number of inspections, licensing of drivers, licensing of vehicles, and other similar regulations provided that they are solely limited to the safety of the general public and the licensing drivers of those vehicles. “(e) For the purposes of this section, a business that connects its customers to sedans shall be exempt from regulation by the Commission, including the fares charged by that business, provided that:
“(1) The business provides an estimated fare to the customer when a sedan is booked; “(2) The method for calculating the fare and the applicable rates are provided by the business to the user of the mobile application prior to booking a sedan; “(3) Upon completion of the trip, the customer is provided a receipt that lists the origination and destination of the trip, the total distance and time of the trip, and the total fare paid; and “(4) The sedans operating this service are licensed and comply with the requirements of this section.” Sec. 3. Fiscal impact statement. The Council adopts the fiscal impact statement in the committee report as the fiscal impact statement required by section 602(c)(3) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 813; D.C. Official Code § 1-206.02(c)(3)). Sec. 4. Effective date. This act shall take effect following approval by the Mayor (or in the event of veto by the Mayor, action by the Council to override the veto), a 30-day period of Congressional review as provided in section 602(c)(1) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 813; D.C. Official Code § 1-206.02(c)(1)), and publication in the District of Columbia.