HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today issued an Advance Notice of Temporary Rulemaking Order, seeking public comment on new temporary regulations governing the taxi and limousine industries in Pennsylvania.
Act 85 of 2016, which became effective on July 13, 2016, required the Commission to publicize new temporary regulations within 150 days. Those temporary regulations will expire upon the promulgation of final-form regulations or two years after the effective date of Act 85, whichever is earlier.
According to Act 85, the new regulations shall address various issues related to taxi and limousine operations, such as:
Driver requirements, including criminal history and driving record background checks,
Vehicle age and mileage standards,
Log sheets, manifests and the storage of information,
Taxi markings and advertising,
The operation of lease-to-own taxi and limousine equipment,
Taxi and limousine tariffs, including rate and tariff change procedures, and
Vehicle requirements, including environmental, cleanliness, safety and customer service standards, as well as special safety requirements for children.
In exploring these topics, the Commission emphasized the importance of recognizing changes in technology, customer demand and expectations, and competitive challenges – while also ensuring a continued commitment to vehicle safety, driver integrity and adequate insurance to protect the public.
Comments must be filed with the Commission within 30 days after the date of publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.
All written comments must reference the docket number and must be submitted to the following address:
Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission
Attn: Secretary / Docket # L-2016-2556432
P.O. Box 3265
Harrisburg, PA 17105-3265
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Docket No.: L-2016-2556432