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20.90.01.00.htm 20.90.01.00. Title 20 PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION Subtitle 90 TAXICABS Chapter 01 Taxicab Drivers of Baltimore City Taxicabs Authority: Public Utilities Article, §2-121, 4-503, 5-101, 10-101―10-107, 10-110, 10-208, and 10-209, Annotated Code of Maryland
20.90.01.01.htm 20.90.01.01. 01 Application for a License.. A. An application for a taxicab driver's license shall be filed with the Public Service Commission at its offices in Baltimore in paper or electronic form. The application shall be on a form provided or prescribed by the Public Service Commission and all information required by the form shall be completed.B. Each applicant for a driver's license shall be fingerprinted.. C. An application for a taxicab driver's license shall include two recent p
20.90.01.02.htm 20.90.01.02. 02 Issuance of a License.. A. Upon satisfactory fulfillment of the requirements of these regulations, there shall be issued to the applicant a taxicab driver's license in such form as the Public Service Commission may direct and which shall at all times be in the driver's possession when operating a taxicab.B. A licensee who defaces, removes, or obliterates any official entry made upon the taxicab driver's license shall be punished by the suspension or revocation of the license.
20.90.01.03.htm 20.90.01.03. 03 Repealed..
20.90.01.04.htm 20.90.01.04. 04 Renewal of a License.. The Public Service Commission may renew the taxicab driver's license by appropriate endorsement on it. A driver in applying for a renewal of a taxicab driver's license shall make the application on a form to be furnished by the Public Service Commission.
20.90.01.05.htm 20.90.01.05. 05 Records.. The Public Service Commission shall keep a complete record of each license issued to a driver, and of all renewals, suspensions, and revocations of the license. The record shall be kept on file with the original application of the driver for a taxicab driver's license.Disclosure of records shall be in accordance with Public Utilities Article, §10-104.1, Annotated Code of Maryland.
20.90.01.06.htm 20.90.01.06. 06 Duties of the Licensee.. A. A licensee, while operating a taxicab or assigned to operate a taxicab:. 1) Shall accept as passenger and convey where directed any orderly person, upon request, unless previously engaged or unable or forbidden by the provisions of these regulations or by other valid law or regulation to do so.2) Shall keep a current, written or electronic record of all trips on a manifest format approved by the Public Service Commission. The manifest shall
20.90.01.07.htm 20.90.01.07. 07 Denial of a License.. A. Generally. When it appears that, by reason of the physical or mental condition of the applicant or by reason of a prior criminal record, the public convenience and necessity require an application for a license to be denied, the Public Service Commission shall refuse to issue the license. However, the applicant has the right to appeal from the refusal in the same manner as appeals may now be taken from other actions of the Public Service Commission.
20.90.01.08.htm 20.90.01.08. 08 Hearings.. A. License Hearing Officer.. 1) The position of license hearing officer is created and vested with the power to hold hearings involving violations of the Public Service Commission's regulations governing, among others, taxicab drivers of Public Service Commission authorized taxicabs and taxicab companies.2) After hearing, and upon final order issued, if a taxicab driver's license is suspended or revoked, or a civil penalty is imposed, the licensee has
20.90.01.09.htm 20.90.01.09. 09 Temporary License.. A. The Public Service Commission may issue a temporary license to an applicant.. B. Provided an application for a taxicab driver’s license includes a background check in accordance with Public Utilities Article, §10-104.1, Annotated Code of Maryland, an applicant may operate a taxicab on a provisional basis until the Public Service Commission renders a decision on the application for a temporary license.
20.90.01.10.htm 20.90.01.10. 10 Prohibited Uses.. A. Except as provided in COMAR 20.90.01.09B, it shall be unlawful for any person to solicit for transport, transport, or agree to transport any person or his or her baggage in any taxicab unless the operator of the vehicle is duly licensed by the Public Service Commission.B. It shall be unlawful for any person owning or in charge of any vehicle to permit the vehicle to be used in violation of these regulations.
20.90.01.11.htm 20.90.01.11. 11 Communications.. A. Drivers of taxicabs shall be required to make maximum use of service communications with their operators or dispatchers in order to keep their cabs available for response to calls.B. Drivers of taxicabs may use electronic or other methods of service communication with operators or dispatchers, including through cellular connected smartphones, tablets, or computers.
20.90.01.12.htm 20.90.01.12. 12 Solicitation.. A. A taxicab driver may not solicit patronage of persons assembled at the termini of any other common carrier, or at intermediate points along any established route of those carriers, when those persons have assembled for the purpose of using the service of those common carriers, and may not leave their taxicab for the purpose of soliciting patronage of persons arriving at the termini. The regulation is not intended to prohibit, or interfere with
20.90.01.13.htm 20.90.01.13. 13 Number of Passengers Permitted.. A taxicab may not carry more than the maximum number of passengers specified by the vehicle manufacturer. More than one person may not occupy the front seat area with the driver.
20.90.01.14.htm 20.90.01.14. 14 Multiple Parties and Destinations.. A. Taxicabs may be used to serve jointly from railroad stations or other public places of special assembly passengers or parties who are bound for the same, or approximately the same location, provided that a passenger or party who has engaged a taxicab may not be compelled to share the vehicle with others, if unwilling to do so. Drivers may not refuse service in order to effect more profitable grouping.B. When a taxicab is occu
20.90.01.15.htm 20.90.01.15. 15 Safety.. A. A taxicab driver may not operate the taxicab recklessly, in an unsafe manner, or in disregard of the general public or local laws or municipal ordinances governing the operation of motor vehicles.B. When on duty, taxicab drivers are prohibited from using taxicabs for any purpose other than the rendition of maximum service to the public in conformity with the Public Service Commission’s regulations.
20.90.01.16.htm 20.90.01.16. 16 Driver Appearance.. Taxicab drivers shall be clean and neatly dressed at all times while on duty..
20.90.01.17.htm 20.90.01.17. 17 Smoking by Driver.. Taxicab drivers may not be permitted to smoke at any time in a taxicab..
20.90.01.18.htm 20.90.01.18. 18 Toll Charges.. Highway or bridge toll charges shall be assessed only when a passenger elects to use a route where the charges occur.
20.90.01.9999.htm 20.90.01.9999. Administrative History Effective date: March 1, 1972 (Order No. 59667). Regulation .01 amended effective June 5, 2017 (44:11 Md. R. 525). Regulation .02 amended effective June 5, 2017 (44:11 Md. R. 525). Regulation .03 repealed effective November 11, 1993 (20:22 Md. R. 1709). Regulation .04 amended effective June 5, 2017 (44:11 Md. R. 525). Regulation .05 amended effective June 5, 2017 (44:11 Md. R. 525). Regulation .06 amended effective September 28, 1992 (19:19 Md. R. 1713) Jun
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