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REMINDER OF HEALTH SAFETY MEASURES CONCERNING FOR-HIRE VEHICLES & TRANSPORTATION

Notice to All Taxicab, Limousine and Transportation Network Company Industry Members:

On July 1, 2020, Dr. Rachel Levine, Secretary of Pennsylvania Department of Health, issued an Order mandating that all drivers of taxicabs, limousines and transportation network company (“TNC”) vehicles are required to wear a mask (face covering) while driving those vehicles (the “Order”).[1]  The same mandate is required of passengers in those vehicles.

Therefore, this is a REMINDER that all owners of taxicabs, limousines, TNCs and all drivers of those services operating in Philadelphia shall be adhering to the following, at minimum, when providing service:

  • Stay at home if you are sick;

  • Drivers must wear a face mask while providing service;

  • Avoid pooled rides and tell passengers to sit in the back seat;

  • Clean and disinfect the vehicle; at a minimum, clean and disinfect frequently touched services in the vehicle at the beginning and end of each shift and between transporting passengers;

  • Ask passengers to wear a mask; and

  • Practice frequent personal hygiene to clean your hands as much as possible and use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

There are current laws and regulations that govern the requirements of drivers and vehicles concerning cleanliness.[2] Failure to follow and adhere to Gov. Wolf’s Orders along with Dr. Levine’s Orders may result in the issuance of a penalty and possibly being placed out of service.  The TLD will also investigate any complaint it receives concerning failure to follow any of these requirements.

If you have any questions concerning this notice please contact the Taxicab and Limousine Division at TLD@philapark.org. Thank you.

Christine A. Kirlin, Esq.
Director
Taxicab and Limousine Division
Philadelphia Parking Authority
2415 S. Swanson Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148
T (215) 683-9653
F (215) 683-9568
ckirlin@philapark.org

[1] See https://www.governor.pa.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/20200701-SOH-Universal-Face-Coverings-Order.pdf
[2] See 53 Pa.C.S. 57A16 (m) (relating to operating regulations); 53 Pa.C.S.  57B01 (c)(7) (relating to regulation of taxicabs and limousines).  See also 52 Pa. Code §§ 1017.5 (b)(11) (relating to basic vehicle standards), 1021.11 (b) (relating to driver requirements), 1055.4 (b)(8) (relating to basic vehicle standards) and 1057.10 (d) (relating to driver requirements).