Driver Updates 5.22.15
Hello drivers! Here are your taxi updates for the week of May 18th. Have a successful and safe Memorial Day Weekend!
Congratulations to the drivers who have started getting calls from MTS regarding permit applications! As many of you know, last month Judge Prager denied permit holders preliminary injunction request that put the permit process on hold.
The court case is still going forward. Judge Prager, who wrote a strong argument against the preliminary injunction and permit holders claims, left for the Appellate Court and is being replaced by Judge Pollock for the full trial. We are hopeful that he will assess the case with the same legal accuracy as Judge Prager and uphold his ruling.
What does this mean for permits?
MTS will continue with the application process but will be waiting for the City of San Diego in order to get clearance to release the permits. Since the permit application process will take time, we anticipate that it will not slow the process down. Councilmember Marti Emerald will be meeting with us on MONDAY JUNE 8th at 6PM (flyer coming soon!) Come ask questions and get information about the case and what the City is doing to ensure that the policy is successful.
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AB 24 would prohibit the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) from issuing or renewing a permit or certificate to a charter-party carrier of passengers unless the applicant, in addition to existing requirements, participates in the Department of Motor Vehicles Vehicles’ pull-notice system. This bill would specifically require a transportation network company to comply with this and to provide for a mandatory controlled substance and alcohol testing certification program. The bill would also require a transportation network company to register any vehicle used in the transportation of passengers for compensation with the commission and display an identifying decal issued symbol prescribed by the commission on the vehicle. The bill would require that drivers hired or initially retained by a transportation network company on or after January 1, 2016, be subject to mandatory drug and alcohol testing prior to employment or retention and that drivers hired or initially retained before January 1, 2016, complete a drug and alcohol test before January 1, 2017.
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