Taxis provide transportation to thousands of residents each day. They serve as our ambassadors and are often the first impression visitors have of our city and its services. Taxis service in the District should be courteous, informed, professional, efficient, reliable, honest, and safe. Drivers should be able to earn a proper income and have pride and fulfillment in their work. Having a modern, well-run taxi service benefits drivers as well as the riding public.
On December 20, Councilmember Mary M. Cheh introduced Bill 19-630, the D.C. Taxicab Commission Service Improvement Amendment Act of 2011, along with Councilmember Tommy Wells. This bill has been referred to the Council's Committee on the Environment, Public Works, and Transportation, which is chaired by Councilmember Cheh.
The Committee intends to hold a formal public hearing on this legislation in early 2012. However, in order receive feedback about potential changes to taxi service in the District from as many residents as possible, Councilmember Cheh invited the public to complete a survey and share their thoughts on taxi service in the District. More than 4,000 responses were received. Complete results are below.
About the Legislation