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Legislation #: 140384 Introduction Date: 5/8/2014
Type: Ordinance Effective Date: none
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBERS DAVIS, SHARP, WAGNER AND BROOKS
Title: Amending Chapter 76, Article II, Taxicab Code, and enacting a new section which will prohibit certain arrangements for passenger pickups by any permit holder under this chapter.

Legislation History
DateMinutesDescription
5/8/2014 Filed by the Clerk's office
5/8/2014 Referred to Transportation & Infrastructure Committee
5/15/2014 Hold On Agenda (5/22/2014)
5/22/2014 Do Pass
5/22/2014 Hold On Agenda (6/12/2014)
6/12/2014 Hold On Agenda (6/19/2014)
6/19/2014 Hold On Agenda (6/26/2014)
7/10/2014 Hold On Agenda (8/14/2014)
8/28/2014 Hold On Agenda (9/25/2014)
10/2/2014 Hold Off Agenda
7/9/2015 Release
7/5/2016 Released

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ORDINANCE NO. 140384

 

Amending Chapter 76, Article II, Taxicab Code, and enacting a new section which will prohibit certain arrangements for passenger pickups by any permit holder under this chapter.

WHEREAS, all taxi drivers are required to meet all the same requirements for a taxi permit to be issued which should allow permit holders to provide transportation and pickups throughout the city; and

WHEREAS, equal access to provide taxicab and livery service to hotels and other business establishments is essential to maintain a vibrant and competitive taxi/livery industry with the capacity to promptly serve passengers during major events or other periods of high demand such as extreme weather events; and

 

WHEREAS, it is desirable to provide affordable, prompt and safe taxicab and livery services for all citizens and visitors who use these services within the city of Kansas City, Missouri;

 

WHEREAS, the city has been notified by current commercial vehicle permit holders and taxicab drivers that certain arrangements made in return for compensation or other services of value currently in place which restrict access to passengers at major hotels and motels will lead to industry wide contraction and a loss of capacity to promptly serve passengers during major events or other periods of high demand; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

Section 1. That Chapter 76, Code of Ordinances of the City of Kansas City, Missouri, is hereby amended by enacting a new Section 76-217, prohibited arrangements for passenger pickups, to read as follows:

 

Section 76-217. Prohibited arrangements for passenger pickups.

(a)    The City Council finds and concludes the following:

(1)               That further regulation of taxi and livery services is necessary for the promotion and protection of the public health, safety and welfare of its citizens, the City's interests, and those of its citizens and visitors, in maintaining the quality of transportation the City has to offer to its residents and visitors and the City's interests in maintaining its tax base.

 

(2)               That a strong, viable, and competitive private sector taxi and livery industry has a major role in efforts to improve affordable passenger transportation mobility.

 

(3)               That further regulation will help prevent unfair, deceptive or predatory practices.

 

(4)               That further regulation will help improve motor vehicle safety, by allowing all private sector taxi and livery services to have fair and open access to passengers in order for such services and their drivers to have a fair opportunity to generate the revenue necessary to keep their vehicles well maintained and safe to operate

 

(5)               That development and maintenance of a financially healthy and competitive taxi and livery industry responsive to the needs of the public is a vital interest of the City.

 

(b)   No holder of a permit that has been issued under this article or their representative, including any driver or agent acting on behalf of a permit holder, shall provide anything of value, which may include but is not limited to any gift, compensation, loan, favor, privilege, service or courtesy in any form, either directly or indirectly, or engage in any activity in connection with providing anything of value to any individual or entity, for the exclusive or preferential right to pick up passengers or provide for-hire passenger service from any hotel, motel or any other business establishment, or public facility.

 

(c)    The holder of a permit that has been issued under this article or their representative, including any driver or agent acting on behalf of a permit holder, violating this provision shall be subject to suspension of their permit up to twelve (12) months for the first violation and shall be subject to revocation of their permit for repeat violations in accordance with the provisions of the Code.

 

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Approved as to form and legality:

 

 

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Kathy Adams

Assistant City Attorney