Hailing A Better Breed of Taxi
Newer Cars Part Of Upgrade
By PGS Media
As the clock ran out on the County Council’s final session for 2016, it passed a measure that ensures newer, less traveled taxis will be on the road in Prince George’s.
Starting in January, operators can only run taxis that are seven-years-old and younger on county streets. Mileage is limited to under 200,000. There are exceptions for hybrid and handicap accessible vehicles. Before the changes, taxicabs could be no more than 10-years-old and have less than 300,000 miles.
The new regulation requires taxicabs to display a copy of the Passenger Bill of Rights, which details the obligations and standards that must be met by drivers and their companies. The document also sets standards and requirements for taxicabs to be designated as service vehicles that may pick up passengers at approved destination attractions, as identified by the county’s Department of Public Works and Transportation.