The Commission has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking for the purpose of making amendments to Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure and Regulations, Regulation Nos. 54, 58, 60, and 67. Comments are due no later than August 25, 2014. See our Pending Proceedings page.
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Commission recently approved a rate increase for Washington Flyer Taxicabs, which transport passengers to and from Dulles International Airport. The mileage rate will increase from $2.00 per mile to $2.16 per mile. Waiting time charges will also increase slightly. More details are available in Order Nos. 14,773 and 14,789. The new rates, which will take effect June 19, 2014, are available here.
In cases of inclement weather, WMATC follows the federal government’s operating schedule. To check the current operating status, visit the U.S. Office of Personnel Management website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/snow-dismissal-procedures/current-status/
In response to two fatal rollover crashes, the U.S. National Traffic Safety Administration has issued a consumer advisory urging operators of 15 passenger vans to take specific steps to ensure passenger safety, including monitoring vehicle tire condition. To read the advisory, click here.
In 2007, the District of Columbia enacted new vehicle registration requirements for chartered buses seating more than 15 passengers that are operated within the District of Columbia. Under these new requirements, such vehicles must either: (1) be registered as a commercial vehicle within Washington D.C. and bear Washington DC license plates; (2) be registered in their home state with apportioned license plates; or (3) display a valid trip permit from the DC Department of Motor Vehicles. A trip permit costs $50, lasts 6 days, and covers only one specific vehicle.
Compliance with this new law does not exempt a carrier from WMATC requirements, and possession of WMATC operating authority does not exempt a carrier from compliance with the new District of Columbia law. For more information about the new D.C. charter bus requirements, contact the District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles at (202) 729-7083 or visit http://www.dmv.dc.gov/service/obtain-trip-permit.