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20.90.03.00.htm 20.90.03.00. Title 20 PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION Subtitle 90 TAXICABS Chapter 03 Control and Operation of Taxicabs in the City of Cumberland and the City of Hagerstown Authority: Public Utilities Article, §2-113, 2-121, 4-503, 5-101, 6-102, 6-202―6-207, 10-101―10-107, 10-109, 10-202―10-208, 10-210, 10-301, 13-201, and 13-202, Annotated Code of Maryland
20.90.03.01.htm 20.90.03.01. 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 Commission.
20.90.03.02.htm 20.90.03.02. 02 Applicability.. These regulations apply to the operation of taxicabs in the City of Cumberland and the City of Hagerstown.
20.90.03.03.htm 20.90.03.03. 03 Saving Clause.. The formulation of these regulations does not preclude the 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 Commission which
20.90.03.04.htm 20.90.03.04. 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) "City" means the City of Cumberland and the City of Hagerstown.. 2) "Commission" means the Public Service Commission of Maryland.. 3) "Company" includes every corporation, association, partnership, group of individuals, or individual, owning, controlling, operating, or managing one or more taxicabs.
20.90.03.05.htm 20.90.03.05. 05 Exemption Operation.. All hiring car service given by motor vehicles designed to carry seven passengers or less will be classed as taxicab service, unless it is shown to the satisfaction of the Commission that the service is a special service which cannot be rendered adequately and satisfactorily by a taxicab.
20.90.03.06.htm 20.90.03.06. 06 Requirement of Permit.. A. A taxicab may not be operated in the City until a permit has been obtained from the Commission authorizing its operation. The permits will be issued by the Commission at any time during the year, and for such a length of time, not exceeding 1 year, as the Commission may deem best for the public welfare and convenience. Unless otherwise specified in any permit, the right to operate under the permit shall terminate on the 31st day of December ne
20.90.03.07.htm 20.90.03.07. 07 Call Service.. Drivers of taxicabs shall make maximum use of service communications with their switchboard operators or dispatchers in order to keep their cabs available for response to calls.
20.90.03.08.htm 20.90.03.08. 08 Prohibited Operations.. A. No owner of a taxicab, or other employees or agent, may solicit patronage of persons assembled at the termini of any other common carrier, or at intermediate points along any established route of a 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 signal from a pedestrian.
20.90.03.09.htm 20.90.03.09. 09 Posting Schedule of Fares.. 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, showing the operator's name, the time and place of beginning and of termination of trip, and the amount
20.90.03.10.htm 20.90.03.10. 10 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 Commission.
20.90.03.11.htm 20.90.03.11. 11 Records and Reports.. A. Daily Records. Daily records, including a report 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 Commission and to insure their accuracy. These daily records shall be preserved and available for examination by the Commission for a period of 1 year from the dates of filing of the annual reports.B. Drivers' Manifests. The driver of each taxicab
20.90.03.12.htm 20.90.03.12. 12 Application for Permits.. All applications for permits shall be made upon forms provided by the 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.
20.90.03.13.htm 20.90.03.13. 13 Permit Card.. A. Permit cards will be in forms as from time to time may be prescribed by the Commission, but in all instances shall contain the Commission's permit number and the name and address of the person or persons, association or corporation, to whom or to which issued, and the permissible number of passengers. The grantee or grantees of a permit shall notify the Commission promptly of any change of address occurring after the issuance of the permit.
20.90.03.14.htm 20.90.03.14. 14 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, or fail to secure from the Motor Vehicle Administration, within 30 days after the issuance of the permit, a license for operation, the Commission will summarily revoke the permit.C. Except as otherwise stated, a permit may not be
20.90.03.15.htm 20.90.03.15. 15 Taxicabs and Equipment.. A. Identification of Taxicab.. 1) Every company, partnership, association, or individual operating one or more taxicabs under permit of this Commission shall have the full name of the owner of each taxicab for which a permit has been issued permanently painted on one door of each side of the taxicab in letters at least 2-1/2 inches high. The work "Taxicab" "Taxi" or "Cab" shall also appear conspicuously on the vehicle. Every company, partnership, assoc
20.90.03.16.htm 20.90.03.16. 16 Operators.. A. Operator to be Owner or Driver.. 1) A taxicab operating under a permit of the Commission may not be operated except by the owner or a driver responsible to the owner.2) Operators shall be clean and neatly dressed at all times while on duty.. 3) Single shifts are permissible for 24-hour periods on the conditions that drivers be restricted to not more than 12 working hours in each period.B. Identification of Operator. The operator of a taxicab shall be identifie
20.90.03.17.htm 20.90.03.17. 17 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..
20.90.03.18.htm 20.90.03.18. 18 Violations and Penalties.. A. Violations.. 1) An owner 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
20.90.03.9999.htm 20.90.03.9999. Administrative History Effective date:. Cumberland: December 28, 1966 (Order No. 56519). Hagerstown: June 21, 1968 (Order No. 57289). Regulation .04 amended effective September 2, 1991 (18:17 Md. R. 1921). Regulation .15 amended effective September 2, 1991 (18:17 Md. R. 1921). Regulation .15D adopted effective November 19, 1969 (Order No. 57900). Regulation .15D amended effective February 28, 1994 (21:4 Md. R. 278) August 15, 1994 (21:16 Md. R. 1391) February 8, 1999 (2
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