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Legislation #: 140731 Introduction Date: 9/4/2014
Type: Resolution Effective Date: none
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBER DAVIS
Title: Directing the City Manager and the City Attorney to engage in a comprehensive process, utilizing appropriate resources including community outreach, multi-agency and multi-departmental coordination and employing appropriate City policy strategies to provide guidance to the Mayor and City Council so the City can determine if current City ordinances preserve the current diverse, vibrant and competitive transportation and taxi cab industry.

Legislation History
DateMinutesDescription
9/3/2014 Filed by the Clerk's office
9/4/2014 Referred to Transportation & Infrastructure Committee
9/11/2014 Hold On Agenda (9/25/2014)
10/2/2014 Be Adopted as a Committee Substitute
10/2/2014 Councilmember Johnson (Second by Ford) Move to Advance
10/2/2014 Passed as Substituted

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COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR RESOLUTION NO. 140731

Directing the City Manager and the City Attorney to engage in a comprehensive process, utilizing appropriate resources including community outreach, multi-agency and multi-departmental coordination and employing appropriate City policy strategies to provide guidance to the Mayor and City Council so the City can determine if current City ordinances preserve the current diverse, vibrant and competitive transportation and taxi cab industry.

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

WHEREAS, the City desires 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; and

 

WHEREAS, it has been suggested to City officials by current commercial vehicle permit holders and taxicab drivers that certain arrangements have been made in return for compensation, other services of value, or otherwise, currently in place which restrict access to passengers at major hotels and other business establishments; and

 

WHEREAS, the Council recognizes the need to create an environment that allows for women and minority owned businesses to grow and thrive; and

 

WHEREAS, it is believed that regulation of taxi and livery services are necessary for the promotion and protection of the public health, safety and welfare of our 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; and

 

WHEREAS, it is believed that a strong, viable, and competitive private sector taxi and livery industry has a major role in efforts to improve affordable passenger transportation mobility; and

 

WHEREAS, further regulation might help prevent unfair, deceptive or predatory practices; and

 

WHEREAS, the City recognizes 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; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 


 

Section 1. That it is the goal of the City to foster economic development and preserve a healthy, diverse and viable transportation and taxi cab industry.

Section 2. That the City Manager and the City Attorney will engage in a comprehensive process, utilizing appropriate resources including community outreach, multi-agency and multi-departmental coordination and employing appropriate City policy strategies to provide guidance to the Mayor and City Council so the City can determine if current ordinances preserve the current diverse, vibrant and competitive transportation and taxi cab industry including Transportation Networking Companies.

Section 3. That the City will initiate this process by conducting an internal analysis within a 30 to 60 days’ time frame with updates every 15 days regarding progress and any resolved issues, to provide guidance for the Mayor and City Council in their assessment of the appropriate methodologies to address issues related but not limited to: Promoting equal and fair access to passengers for all permit holders, eliminating unfair competition, review of Transportation Networking Companies, eliminating exclusive agreements that impede equal access to passengers within the city, and maintaining a healthy diverse and economically viable transportation industry.

Section 4. That the process will take into consideration current existing ordinances, the ordinances and policies of other cities that have dealt with similar issues, and the current state of the laws of Missouri and the United States Of America.

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