Sunteți pe pagina 1din 6

Businesses that are transporting the public, for hire, in privately owned vehicles should be regulated equally under

one ordinance. Coalition for Fair and Competitive Transportation The Taxi Industry wants to be regulated in the same ordinance as UberX and Lyft because a separate ordinance means special treatment. Taxi Companies, Drivers, and Owners do not want to be left behind and need to be able to compete with UberX and Lyft on a level playing field. How Minneapolis Taxi Regulation compares to the 4-18-14 special Proposed Ordinance for UberX and Lyft: The new proposal defines a TNC as a company that provides dispatch of prearranged transportation though a digital device. This is a distinction without a difference: Taxicabs also provide dispatch through apps, online, and by phoneall digital. Prearranged is defined in the proposal as transportation that is offered and accepted through a digital platform before transportation commences. Taxicabs also provide prearranged transportation by this definition, and also well in advance of the time the transportation commences. TNC drivers and TNC companies like Uber and Lyft make a profit on transporting customers. It is apparent that UberX and Lyft have designed their business model to avoid liability for drivers, insisting that they are not transportation carriers, and the Proposed Special Treatment reinforces and supports avoiding liability. The underlying theme of self-regulation for purported TNC companies will be difficult for the City to monitor, and the self-regulation will allow TNCs to arbitrarily discriminate in their selection of drivers and customers. Current Taxi Driver Requirements in Minneapolis All permissible rates, fees, and charges are set in the City Ordinance 4-18 Ordinance Proposes Special Treatment for TNC Drivers TNCs decide what their prices are and can apply surge pricing when they decide that demand is greater. Uber and Lyft are given complete control of the prices charged (Lyft charges $100-$250 for damages) Must not overcharge Rates set by private company, increased surge pricing is allowed May not operate a taxicab unless applicant files Driver only required to hold personal insurance with the city a commercial insurance policy which will not cover them operating commercially (for profit) Cabs from other cities may not pick up No restrictions on who can pick up passengers in the City of Minneapolis (if Minneapolis passengers Minneapolis Taxis pick up in Saint Paul, they have to be licensed there as well) Must pay tuition and take 6 classes for taxicab Special driver training course approved by driver course, taught by city employees or an License Official, likely administered by private

educational institution under contract with the city, and retake course if license lapses 1 year Annual criminal background checks through the City Each driver must provide a copy of his/her driving record annually

company Background check annually, self-regulated by the private company No more than 4 moving violations in the last 3 years and no more than 2 moving violations in the last year, self-regulated by the private company Must have one years driving experience as licensed driver, no verification required Private company must post a zero tolerance policy for drivers consumption of intoxicating substances, self-regulated and no enforcement requirement described No prohibition No requirement

Drivers must have one years driving experience as a licensed driver, verified by an affidavit signed by a reputable person Drivers cannot be in possession of or consume any alcoholic beverage or controlled substance within 4 hours of beginning a shift or while on duty Drivers are prohibited from having an addiction to liquors or drugs Drivers must operate taxi in accordance with the laws, statutes, ordinances and regulations of the state and city with due regard for the safety, convenience, and comfort of passengers and the general public Drivers must not operate a taxicab while using an electronic wireless communications device to write, sent or read a text based communication, even if hands-free Must not operate a taxicab while using a wireless telephone, even if hands-free Must not drive a taxicab for more than 12 hours in any 24 hour period or more than 72 hours in any 7 day period. Must pass DOT exam Must maintain daily logs/trip sheets Must abide by dress code May not use cell phones/Bluetooth May not park at meters May not park on city residential streets No smoking allowed in taxi Cannot take money up front Waivers on street No cancellation fee Minimum charge $5 Must be courteous with the public and city employees authorized to administer regulations

Use of electronics is part of the basic business model accepting customers, notifying customers that they have arrived, etc No prohibition and drivers are provided a smart phone to conduct business No requirement

No requirement No requirement No requirement No prohibition and drivers are provided a smart phone to conduct business May park if they feed meter May park anywhere No prohibition Every customers credit card is pre-approved No waivers Cancellation fee of $5 Minimum charge $5.70 (increases with surge pricing) No requirement

Must assist passengers to enter the vehicle and to load and unload luggage up to 50 lbs. No driver shall refuse to convey an orderly person or persons upon request anywhere in the city, no discrimination allowed May not pick up any other passengers without the consent of the first passenger or passengers Must accept and convey wheelchair users Must keep a clean appearance, and wear long pants or Bermuda or postal-type shorts, a shirt with a collar or turtleneck, and shoes and socks or sandals with a strap that fastens over the instep or around the ankle. No holes, tears, or prominent stains in clothing. Sport jerseys only with city approval. Must not play radio or tape player without consent of passengers Must inspect vehicle at beginning and end of shift and make entry recording inspection in trip sheet. Must inspect vehicle to make sure it is clean and must wash taxi once per week. Must inspect vehicle for lost articles, and driver is responsible to attempt to immediately return it. If not possible, notify dispatcher. Taxicab owner and service company must make diligent effort to locate the owner of the lost article for at least 30 days and maintain a log with a description of each lost article. Must not have in possession while operating a cab any firearm, knife with a blade in excess of 4 inches, or any assault weapon Must not lock, disable, or refuse to unlock any taxicab door to detain a passenger Cannot deceive any person as to a destination, route, or authorized rates or fare Must not allow more passengers to occupy the vehicle than its normal seating capacity Must not operate a taxicab in violation of the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act Must not pay any doorman, bellhop, or any other person in return for referral of passengers Must display taxi drivers license on the dashboard of the vehicle Must have a Minnesota drivers license

No requirement No requirement

No requirement No requirement to transport wheelchair users No requirement

No prohibition No requirement

No requirement No requirement

No prohibition

No prohibition No prohibition No prohibition No requirement No prohibition and currently a regular practice by Uber drivers No display required on dashboard May have a Minnesota or Wisconsin drivers license

Must have a taxi drivers license issued by the City, must pay fee, and must renew annually. May not drive for a different cab company without obtaining a new license License may be revoked by the city for cause after a hearing Taxi Vehicle Requirements

No requirement, no fee, self-regulated by a private company No restriction No license for the city to revoke

4-18 Ordinance Special Treatment for TNC Vehicles May not operate a taxicab unless applicant files Driver only required to hold personal insurance with the city a commercial insurance policy which will not cover them operating commercially May not operate without license issued by City Self-regulated, only endorsed by TNC Must be painted with the common color Only required to have some unique visual scheme of the taxi service company element that may be removed Owners must pay $475 annually to maintain No requirement their license Taxicab license issued by the City No requirement Must display license number in multiple places No requirement so it is plainly visible at all times Licensing official must keep records of Self-regulated by TNC, no requirement licenses with a register of the names of each person owning or operating a vehicle Vehicle cannot be more than 5 years old Can be up to 10 years old Two inspections annually with a cost of $135 Inspection only for initial endorsement by per inspection TNC, no fee, likely self-regulated Must be examined and found to comply with Vehicle must not have rust or damage, special 18 different points of inspection, including TNC vehicle inspection sheet being inspected for mechanical compliance, being equipped with emergency triangles and a fire extinguisher, a Braille information card, seat belts, and cleanliness Mandatory safety equipment, including at least No requirement one of the following: digital camera security system, security shield, or GPS. Vehicles must be thoroughly washed and No requirement cleaned inside and out at least once a week Cabs from other cities may not pick up No prohibition passengers in the City of Minneapolis Charge must be changed to keep 6 years No requirement Replacement vehicle must be reauthorized and No requirement follow same criteria and fee must be paid Must carry commercial insurance Private insurance City is certificate holder on insurance No proof of insurance required Must have fire extinguisher and emergency No requirement triangle

Must have blind card in vehicle Inspector and police may search for compliance Rates must be posted in cabs Taxi vehicle owners must meet background check and driving record check requirements Must report if there is a change in the ownership of the license or if there is a chance in the stockholders, officers or managers Specific procedure to sell a taxicab license Taxicab licenses may be revoked if the operator fails to pay a judgment for damage to property or persons while operating taxicab Owner of taxicab is liable for each and every violation of the chapter by their agent or employees Specific requirements to be able to lease a taxicab to a taxicab driver to operate

No requirement No enforcement No requirement No requirement No requirement

No requirement No requirement

No requirement

No requirement

Taxi Company Requirements Commercial insurance is specific to each vehicle to ensure full coverage in case of accident

10% of fleet must be wheelchair accessible, ADA compliant vehicles Must provide drivers with training on the special needs of persons with disabilities and on operating and maintaining vehicle accessible features Must report to the City the number of rides provided by each vehicle and the start and end locations, and the response to the request Must pay $1100 annually to maintain their license

4-18 Ordinance Special Treatment for TNC Companies Carry commercial automobile liability insurance and no-fault personal injury protection(1) the accessibility to this form of insurance for small businesses is unclear (UberX and Lyft are insured by related entities), (2) no reliable support has been offered to demonstrate that this new approach to insuring will provide adequate coverage, (3) this insurance is only required to cover when the driver is active on the TNC dispatch system, protecting the TNC from liability and leaving a gap in coverage No requirement No requirement

Only required to track the number of requests for a wheelchair accessible vehicle, no requirement to transport wheelchair users, pay an undisclosed fee Fee not disclosed

Must complete license application 24 hour dispatch Maintain records Annual performance review and inspections by the City Uniform paint color scheme for taxis and identifiable logo Must report the number of taxicabs in service in each 12 hour shift, and during each shift for each taxicab: the number of dispatched calls taken, the number of total fares, the total response time for each trip, the average time to respond, and the number of scheduled and unscheduled rides for wheelchair accessible service. Posted rates Maximum charges If the driver cannot return a lost article, taxicab owner and service company must make diligent effort to locate the owner of the lost article for at least 30 days and maintain a log with a description of each lost article. Service company office within 12 miles of Minneapolis City Hall Deemed agent for the service of all notices, orders, and other correspondence from the City to taxicab owners and drivers under the companys color scheme Must take affirmative measures to ensure that taxi owners and drivers comply with regulations Responsible for the operation of an unlicensed cab or for unlicensed drivers Insure trip sheets are filed and maintained If a request for service is not answered within 15 minutes, dispatcher must order a taxicab to respond immediately Promptly respond to complaints by passengers Promptly respond to requests for information by licensing official Must provide city with documentation detailing specific required safety equipment

Special application not disclosed Only dispatched via app, reliability questionable No requirement No requirement Only required to have some unique visual element that may be removed No requirement

No requirement No requirement No requirement

Same No requirement

No requirement

Only responsible when vehicles are active on dispatch system No requirement No requirement

No requirement No requirement No requirement