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File #: 14-3448    Name:
Type: Ordinance Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 11/24/2014 In control: City Council Legislative Meeting
On agenda: 1/13/2015 Final action:
Title: Introduction and First Reading. Consideration. Passage on First Reading of a Proposed Amendment to Title 9 (Licensing and Regulation), Chapter 12 (Taxicabs and Other Vehicles for Hire) of the Code of the City of Alexandria, Virginia, 1981.
Attachments: 1. 14-3448_Attachment 1 - Taxi Biennial Review etc.pdf, 2. 14-3448_Attachment 2 Ordinance Cover, 3. 14-3448_Attachment 3 Ordinance, 4. 14-3448_Attachment 4 Biennial Review Presentation, 5. 14-3448_After Items
City of Alexandria, Virginia
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MEMORANDUM



DATE: JANUARY 7, 2015

TO: THE HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL

FROM: MARK B. JINKS, ACTING CITY MANAGER /s/

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Introduction and First Reading. Consideration. Passage on First Reading of a Proposed Amendment to Title 9 (Licensing and Regulation), Chapter 12 (Taxicabs and Other Vehicles for Hire) of the Code of the City of Alexandria, Virginia, 1981.
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ISSUE: City Council consideration of City Manager recommendations related to the Biennial Review of the Taxicab Industry.

RECOMMENDATION: That City Council adopt the Traffic and Parking Board recommendations to maintain the total existing number of authorized taxicabs at 767 and approve the proposed Ordinances (Attachments 3 and 4) on first reading and set the Ordinance for public hearing, second reading, and final passage on Saturday, January 24, 2015 to include:

1. Replace the requirement for two-way radios;
2. No Driver Smoking in Cabs; and,
3. No Talking on the Cell Phone While Transporting Passengers.

BACKGROUND: The Traffic and Parking Board recommended maintaining the total existing number of authorized taxicabs at 767 and make three changes to City Code as follows:

1. Replace the requirement for two-way radios in section 9-12-81(k) of the City Code with a requirement for wireless dispatch equipment. The use of two-way radios is an outdated mode of dispatching taxicabs. Most modern taxicab companies use computerized wireless dispatching systems employing Global Positioning System (GPS) technology.

2. Prohibit drivers from smoking in taxicabs even when off duty. Taxicabs are a form of public transportation and operators of other forms of public transportation, such as, buses, trains and aircraft are not permitted to smoke. The ban on smoking was requested by several of the cab companies because if smoking...

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