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20.90.02.00.htm 20.90.02.00. Title 20 PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION Subtitle 90 TAXICABS Chapter 02 Control and Operation of Taxicabs in Baltimore City and Baltimore County Authority: Public Utilities Article, §2-113, 2-121, 4-503, 5-101, 6-202―6-207, 10-101―10-107, 10-109, 10-110, 10-202―10-210, 10-301, 13-101, 13-201, and 13-202, Annotated Code of Maryland
20.90.02.01.htm 20.90.02.01. 01 Authority.. The Public Utilities Article, Annotated Code of Maryland, provides that the Public Service Commission shall have the power to make such reasonable regulations as it deems necessary to carry out the provisions of this law and any other law relating to the Public Service Commission.
20.90.02.02.htm 20.90.02.02. 02 Applicability.. These regulations apply to the operation of taxicabs in the City of Baltimore and Baltimore County..
20.90.02.03.htm 20.90.02.03. 03 Saving Clause.. The formulation of these regulations does not preclude the Public Service Commission from altering or amending them in whole or in part, or from requiring any other additional service, equipment, facility, or standard, either upon complaint or upon its own motion, or upon the application of a taxicab owner. Furthermore, these standards do not relieve an owner or operator of a taxicab from any of his duties under any orders of the Public Service C
20.90.02.04.htm 20.90.02.04. 04 Definitions.. A. In this chapter, unless the language or context indicates that a different meaning is intended, the following terms have the meanings indicated.B. Terms Defined.. 1) “Allocated Space” is a three dimensional space that can accommodate a wheelchair or similar mobility aid.2) "City" means the City of Baltimore.. 3) "Commission" means the Public Service Commission of Maryland.. 4) "Company" includes every corporation, association, partnership, group of
20.90.02.05.htm 20.90.02.05. 05 Exemption Operation ― Repealed..
20.90.02.06.htm 20.90.02.06. 06 Requirement of Permit.. A. A taxicab may not be operated until a permit has been obtained from the Public Service Commission for the City or County, as the case may be, authorizing the operation.B. Permits may not be transferred without the consent of the Public Service Commission.. C. A charge will not be made for the issuance of any permit.. D. When the taxicab is on duty, the holder of a permit is required to operate the taxicab the permit identifies in such manne
20.90.02.07.htm 20.90.02.07. 07 Call Service.. A. Drivers of taxicabs shall 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 methods of service communication with operators or dispatchers, including through cellular connected smartphones, tablets, or computers.
20.90.02.08.htm 20.90.02.08. 08 Operating Associations.. Every taxicab shall be operated as a unit of an effective operating group of sufficient number and equipped with communication facilities for rendering satisfactory call service, unless expressly exempted by the Public Service Commission. Owners of small fleets or single taxicabs shall operate as members of a satisfactory operating association and the association shall be equipped with adequate call facilities, so located as to serve all parts of
20.90.02.09.htm 20.90.02.09. 09 Prohibited Operations.. A. An owner of a taxicab, driver, or other employee or agent, may not solicit patronage of persons assembled at the termini of any other common carrier, or at intermediate points along an established route of the carrier, when the persons have assembled for the purpose of using the service of the common carrier. This regulation is not intended to prohibit, or interfere with, response to any call for a taxicab made by telephone or by signal from a
20.90.02.10.htm 20.90.02.10. 10 Posting Schedule of Fares and Consumer Rights.. A. The authorized schedule of fares shall be printed and posted in each taxicab in such manner that passengers can readily determine the exact rate of fare payable by them. It shall be unlawful to collect any fare other than that appearing on, and determinable from, the schedule. Every driver, when requested by the passenger, shall give a receipt in paper form or by electronic means.B. An electronic receipt shall show:.
20.90.02.11.htm 20.90.02.11. 11 Change of Rates.. Statutory notice of 30 days shall be given of any intended change of rates or fares. A change may not become effective on less than the statutory notice except by special order of the Public Service Commission.
20.90.02.12.htm 20.90.02.12. 12 Records and Reports.. A. Daily Records. Daily records, including a record of telephone calls, shall be kept by an operating company or association in such form as to facilitate the preparation of the reports required by the Public Service Commission and to insure their accuracy. These daily records shall be preserved and be available for examination by the Public Service Commission for a period of 1 year from the dates of filing of the annual reports.B. Drivers' Manifests. Th
20.90.02.13.htm 20.90.02.13. 13 Application for Permits.. All applications for permits shall be made upon forms provided by the Public Service Commission, and shall be signed by the applicant, who shall certify in his application that he agrees to comply with its provisions. When processing a new application, the applicant shall be given a copy of these regulations.
20.90.02.14.htm 20.90.02.14. 14 Permit Card ― Repealed..
20.90.02.15.htm 20.90.02.15. 15 Revocation or Suspension of Permit.. A. The violation of any of these regulations shall be sufficient cause for the revocation or suspension of a permit.B. If the grantee or grantees of a permit fail to keep the required insurance or bond in force, the Public Service Commission will revoke the permit.C. Except as otherwise stated, a permit may not be revoked or suspended until after investigation and a hearing, upon not less than 5 days' notice to the grantee or grantees o
20.90.02.16.htm 20.90.02.16. 16 Taxicabs and Equipment.. A. Identification of Taxicab.. 1) Every company, partnership, association, or individual operating one or more taxicabs under permits issued by the Public Service Commission shall have the full name of the owner of each taxicab for which a permit has been issued, permanently painted on one door on each side of the taxicab in letters at least 2-1/2 inches high. The word "Taxicab" "Taxi" or "Cab" shall also appear conspicuously on the vehicle. Every comp
20.90.02.17.htm 20.90.02.17. 17 Operation of Taxicabs.. A. Number of Passengers. 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 operator.B. Group Riding.. 1) Cabs may be used to serve jointly from railroad stations or other public places of special assembly not more than four passengers who are bound for the same, or approximately the same, location, provided that a passenger w
20.90.02.18.htm 20.90.02.18. 18 Operators.. A. Operator to Be Owner or Driver. A taxicab operating under a permit of the Public Service Commission may not be operated except by the owner or a driver responsible to the owner.B. Identification of Operator.. 1) The operator of a taxicab shall be identified by a card displayed in full view of the passenger or passengers, bearing the operator's photograph and his name in letters of sufficient size to be easily read.
20.90.02.19.htm 20.90.02.19. 19 Insurance or Bond.. A. Liability Insurance.. 1) If the owner of a taxicab or taxicabs elects to use liability insurance as authorized under Public Utilities Article, §10-207, Annotated Code of Maryland, the minimum insurance coverage for each accident is either:a) All of the following:. i) $30,000 for injury to any one person;. ii) $60,000 for injury to two or more persons; and. iii) $15,000 for property damage; or. b) $75,000 combined single limit..
20.90.02.20.htm 20.90.02.20. 20 Vault or Safe Requirement ― Repealed..
20.90.02.21.htm 20.90.02.21. 21 Violations and Penalties.. A. Violations.. 1) An owner or operator of a motor vehicle who neglectfully or with prior knowledge causes or permits the violation of Public Utilities Article, Annotated Code of Maryland, or this chapter, may be guilty of a violation and subject to a civil penalty under this regulation as fully as though the owner was operating the motor vehicle personally at the time.2) In the case of a corporation, an officer, agent, or employee who violate
20.90.02.22.htm 20.90.02.22. 22 Taxicab Stand.. A. Consumer Rights. Any orderly person shall have the right to select any taxicab regardless of its position in line in the taxicab stand.B. Taxicab Driver Responsibilities.. 1) The driver of the taxicab at the head of the line on the stand shall accept as a passenger any orderly person who agrees to pay the proper fare.2) A taxicab driver entering a stand shall take the rear position in the line.. 3) The driver of the first taxicab in line of the
20.90.02.23.htm 20.90.02.23. 23 Accessibility and Nondiscrimination.. A. For purposes of this regulation, “accessible” means fully and equally accessible to and independently usable by individuals with disabilities so that the individuals are able to acquire the same information, engage in the same interactions, and enjoy the same services as users without disabilities, with substantially equivalent ease of use.B. A taxicab association:. 1) Shall, by July 1, 2017, ensure that the taxicab
20.90.02.9999.htm 20.90.02.9999. Administrative History Effective date: December 30, 1964 (Order No. 55745). Regulation .01 amended effective June 5, 2017 (44:11 Md. R. 526). Regulation .03 amended effective June 5, 2017 (44:11 Md. R. 526). Regulation .04 amended effective September 2, 1991 (18:17 Md. R. 1921). Regulation .04B amended effective June 5, 2017 (44:11 Md. R. 526). Regulation .04H―J amended effective August 16, 1982 (9:16 Md. R. 1608).
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