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Maximum Taxicab Lease Amounts

The Taxicab and Limousine Division has received questions regarding the maximum amounts to be charged in taxicab lease agreements. To clear up any misunderstandings the maximum amounts as of this date are:

These maximum lease amounts were established by the Authority on March 25, 2008 after a lengthy investigatory process and in compliance with 53 Pa.C.S. § 5720.

To report a violation of the maximum lease amounts or to raises questions, please contact William Schmid, Deputy Director of the TLD at Wschmid@Philapark.Org

These maximum taxicab lease amounts were developed through an Authority wage investigation conducted in compliance with 53 Pa. C.S. 5720 (c). In September, 2007, the Board of Directors authorized the TLD to conduct a review of taxicab rates and leases. Consequently, a rate proposal was issued on December 7, 2007 by the TLD. Comments were received during the comment period of December 7, 2007 to December 28, 2007, and at a public hearing on January 17, 2008. On February 25, 2008 a proposal was submitted to the Board for review with a recommendation for adoption effective June 2, 2008. On March 25, 2008, at an open meeting the Board unanimously adopted the proposal, including the above referenced maximum taxicab amounts.


Some medallion owners are attempting to circumvent the Boards intent by charging the “daily” lease rate for seven individual days payable once a week with the same exact weekly payment requirement as a “weekly” lease. The Enforcement Department rejects this reasoning and may cite violators.


A copy of the lease, as required in §1017.6 “Required documents” must be presented at bi-annual inspection and will be reviewed for compliance.

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A Message To Taxicab and Limousine Owners concerning the Powertrain Control Module (“PCM”)

The PCM is an automotive component that controls more than 100 factors in a car or truck. Its purpose is to monitor the many hundreds of error codes that can occur and indicates through a “Check Engine Light” that some subsection of the car is experiencing a problem.

The PCM is one of several onboard computers, and is essentially the “brain” of the engine control system.

The PCM also tracks the vehicle’s mileage, an issue that often controls the eligibility of a vehicle to provide taxicab or limousine service.

The PCM should be replaced only when it is diagnosed to be defective because it also contains a unique serial number and controls the odometer.

The TLD’s inspection process will now include a diagnostic review of the PCM’s status.

IMPROPERLY REPLACING A PCM may disqualify your vehicle from entry into service as a taxicab or limousine. You should report the replacement of a PCM in any vehicle currently authorized to provide taxicab or limousine service to: Robert Hager, Deputy Manager of Inspections, 215-683-9447 or You must disclose the presence of a replacement PCM in any vehicle upon presentation of a vehicle for inspection.

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Alert To Parents as the Prom and Graduation Season Approaches

As we approach spring, many families are busy preparing for Proms and Graduations. A key part of your preparations may be making transportation arrangements. In that regard, the Philadelphia Parking Authority (Authority) wants to help safe guard your loved ones from illegal limousine operators.

Limousine carriers operating between points within Philadelphia are regulated by the Authority. Trips between points in the City and points within the Commonwealth may also be regulated by the Public Utility Commission.

If the deal sounds too good to be true it probably is. Don’t trust your loved ones and their once in a life time moments to unregulated and under insured carriers. Properly licensed carriers use first class vehicles that have undergone rigorous inspections. These licensed companies use only certified drivers who have undergone a detailed vetting process.

Interested parents can check a carrier’s status by contacting the Taxicab and Limousine Division at 215-683-9440, 9444 or

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Notice to All Industry Members

The Taxicab & Limousine Division (TLD) has recently discovered that broadcast email messages to industry members are not always being transferred to and received by all Yahoo email accounts. In an effort to control spam from reaching its users email accounts, Yahoo has a policy that does not allow the delivery of an email message that is sent from one email address to more than a certain number of Yahoo email accounts at one time.

Pursuant to TLD Regulations, all certificate holders, brokers and those regulated parties that have voluntarily registered an email address per Section 1001.51(c) are required to have a valid working email account to accept service by the TLD. Therefore, you are advised to use email accounts that are capable of receiving mass broadcast email messages from the TLD. You are responsible for assuring that your email account is capable of performing in the commercial manner necessary to be a regulated party as Yahoo may not be the only email service provider preventing mass broadcast messages from being delivered.

Therefore, for those regulated parties that currently have a Yahoo account registered with the TLD, you now have 15 days to register a new email account. This must be done by filing a Change of Information Form which can be found on this website under “Forms & Lists”. For those that use other email service providers, please check the terms and conditions of the provider’s email service and look out for changes in the future. Failure to have a valid working email address registered with the TLD may result in the issuance of a penalty.

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Notice to All Industry Members: EFFECTIVE MONDAY, MARCH 4, 2013

All applicants for driver certification must be able to sufficiently speak in the English language to communicate with the general public, to understand highway traffic signs and signals in the English language, to respond to official inquiries and to make verifiable entries on reports and records (see 52 Pa. Code §§ 1021.4 & 1057.4). Therefore, an application for new driver certification (DR-1) may only be filed upon proving proficiency in the English language.

All persons applying for new driver certification must first prove their ability to sufficiently speak in the English Language.  English Proficiency examinations will only be given Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Only after passing an English Proficiency Examination may a person file a New Driver Certificate Application (DR-1) at the TLD Customer Service Window.  The TLD Customer Service Window will only accept the filing of  a DR-1 Monday through Friday between 8:30 to 12:00 p.m.

This process applies to all DR-1 new driver certificate applications, regardless of the classification (taxicab, limousine or dual certification).  If you have any questions or need further clarification, please contact the TLD at (215) 683-9458 or at  Thank you.

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Use of Attorneys by Industry Members

The TLD’s Regulations require the use of a certified Broker or licensed attorney for some transactions before the Authority. However, the Enforcement Department strongly recommends that you seek the advice of legal counsel before approving or signing stock transfers, medallion or certificate transfers, management agreements, powers of attorney and other documents affecting your rights.

The Enforcement Department has received numerous complaints from industry members about these issues after the documents have been signed. The use of an attorney prior to signing those documents may have prevented the complainant’s problems and saved both time and money.

Anyone can obtain a lawyer referral by contacting the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral service at: or by calling 215 238-6333.

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Notice To All Interested Parties:

Attached please find the Philadelphia Parking Authority, Taxicab and Limousine Division’s (TLD) Fiscal Year 2014 Budget and Fees for your review and comment. We would greatly appreciate any written comment you may have by close of business on Wednesday, February 20th, 2013. Comments may be forwarded to Charles Milstein, Assistant to the Director at or at the address of the TLD below.The budget and public comment invitation were forwarded via email to all certificate holders and anyone with an email address registered with the TLD and posted on the Authority’s website on February 7, 2013.

Additionally, a public Comment Hearing will be held at the offices of the TLD, 2415 S. Swanson Street in Philadelphia on Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 at 10:30 AM.

Proposed Budget 2014

James R. Ney, Director

Taxicab & Limousine Division

Philadelphia Parking Authority

2415 S. Swanson Street

Philadelphia, PA 19148

T 215-683-9417

F 215-683-9437


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