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Fairfax County Taxicab Regulation: A Review of Chapter 84.1 : May 17, 2016

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Fairfax County Taxicab Regulation: A Review of Chapter 84.1 : May 17, 2016

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Fairfax County Taxicab Regulation: A Review of Chapter 84.1 : May 17, 2016

  1. 1. Fairfax County Taxicab Regulation: A Review of Chapter 84.1 Transportation Advisory Commission May 17, 2016 Susan Hafeli Department of Cable and Consumer Services
  2. 2. Taxicab Industry in Fairfax County 4  Industry provides both on-demand and contract services  Contract share varies, but is an increasingly important part of business  Current fleet information:  Five authorized operators (companies)  654 taxicab certificates  45 wheelchair-accessible certificates  Code requirement of 4% WAC taxis (= 26 cabs)
  3. 3. Competition from TNCs  Virginia authorized TNC activity in 2015  No local oversight of TNCs  Data on TNC trips and revenues not available to local taxicab regulators  TNC activity is upending the regulated taxicab industry  Number of taxicab trips is dropping as customers embrace non-traditional providers  Drivers gravitating to TNCs’ per-trip commission model 7
  4. 4. Comparison: Taxi vs. Uber Options Notes about Fairfax County regulated fares:  Base fare, or drop charge, includes first 1/6th of a mile.  When traffic is traveling less than 10 miles per hour, driver may charge either the mileage fee or a waiting charge of $0.36 per 61 seconds. 6 Fairfax County UberX Uber XL Non-Surge Pricing Booking Fee -- $1.35 $1.35 Base Fare $3.50 $1.15 $2.00 Per Mile $2.16 $1.02 $1.80 Per Minute -- $0.17 $0.30 Minimum -- $5.35 $7.35 7-Mile Fare $18.26 $9.64 + time $15.95 + time
  5. 5. Events to Date  Fall 2015: Driver petition  Extend vehicle age from 6 to 8 years  Over 120 signatories (about 80 owner-operators)  February 2016: Operator request  Extend vehicle limits to from 6 years/380,000 miles to 10 years/500,000 miles  March 2016:  DCCS posts webpage soliciting public input  DCCS initiates outreach to drivers and operators 5
  6. 6. Upcoming 2016 Timeline  Continuing outreach  Transportation Advisory Commission  LTCCC Mobility and Transportation Committee  Consumer Protection Commission (planned)  Request to advertise a public hearing (7/19/2016)  Public hearing (8/23/2016)  Board of Supervisors (planned)  Request to advertise a public hearing (9/20/2016)  Public hearing (11/1/2016) 6
  7. 7. Driver/Operator/Staff Proposals  Increase vehicle age limits  Eliminate vehicle mileage restrictions  Eliminate requirements that seat and floor coverings be non-absorbent  Reduce frequency of taxicab inspections  Lessen driver testing  Replace driver duty to keep a paper manifest with operator duty to provide meter data  Provide for future flexibility to use GPS taximeters, if permitted under Virginia Code 7
  8. 8. Other Proposals  Clean-up, such as:  Standardize Department name and acronym  Tighten wording/phrasing  Delete outdated or obsolete provisions, such as:  Maintain a Fairfax County office on 24/7 basis  Duty to pick up within 3-mile radius of taxi stand or facility  Fuel efficiency provisions applicable to 2008-2014 period  Provide for updates, such as:  Electronic notice to operators 8
  9. 9. Possible Structural Revisions  Lower entry barriers  Eliminate Board duty to set number of authorized certificates on biennial basis  Accept applications for certificates on annual, not biennial, basis  Require operator reports on annual, not biennial, basis  Update application approval requirements  Allow operators to hold vacant certificates  Extend permissible vacancy period from 6 months to 12  Grant Director authority to further extend, in lieu of automatic nullification 9
  10. 10. Other Operator Issues  Reduce wheelchair-accessibility requirements  Currently 4% of operator fleet, if fleet > 25 cabs  Allow for downward pricing flexibility:  For on-demand service, to compete with TNCs  For contract service  Establish a snow emergency rate 10
  11. 11. Questions? Susan Hafeli Senior Utilities Analyst 703-324-5903 susan.hafeli@fairfaxcounty.gov

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