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  O-24
  Calendar item #3
  IN CITY COUNCIL
  August 10, 2015
  September 21, 2015
COUNCILLOR MAZEN

WHEREAS:

Disruptive technologies and innovations in the transit sector have given way to new forms of unregulated passenger transit throughout the City of Cambridge and Commonwealth of Massachusetts; and

    

WHEREAS:

Massachusetts State Legislature has sought to provide clarity by creating comprehensive law and corresponding state regulations, with potential opportunities for additional municipal regulation; and 

     

WHEREAS:

Widely varying proposals for this legislation have been advanced, including H.3702 (Representatives Moran and Forry-available at https://malegislature.gov/Bills/189/House/H3702), H.931 (Representative Pignatelli-https://malegislature.gov/Bills/189/House/H931), and H.3351 (Governor Baker-http://www.mass.gov/governor/legislationexecorder/legislation/oversight-of-transportation-network-companies.html); and 

   

WHEREAS:

Taxi Cab drivers have approached Cambridge City Council with concerns about the vitality of their industry, the protection of their livelihoods, and the enforcement of their rights; and 

   

WHEREAS:

Taxi Cab drivers consider themselves long-term investors into the infrastructure and vitality of Cambridge, with large sunk costs committed towards the public good of the city, and with transit as their primary, full-time vocation; and 

   

WHEREAS:

All three bills attempt to create parity between the Taxi industry and Transit Network Companies (TNC's) by regulating the latter, with Taxi Cab drivers wishing to emphasize their support of H.3702 in particular; and 
 

WHEREAS:

Any successful bill or compromise legislation must achieve parity between Taxi industry regulations and TNC regulations in order to achieve both fairness and safety for all, including: background checks for TNC operators similar to the Taxi industry, insurance solutions for TNC operator vehicles or operator trips similar to the coverage mandated for the Taxi industry, ADA-equipped TNC vehicles at a reasonable level, regular inspections, fair licensing or similar permitting of TNC operators through the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, and clear markings for TNC vehicles; and 
   

WHEREAS:

Municipal and State regulations must assure TNC pricing transparency if there is to be some measure of pricing parity between Taxi trips and TNC operator trips; and

   

WHEREAS:

The Boston Taxi Drivers Association seeks a return to dignity and respect for taxi drivers within the industry, through employee status for taxicab drivers-and an end to the "pay to work" model dominating the industry today; now therefore be it 

   
RESOLVED:

That the Cambridge City Council go on record urging the Massachusetts House and Baker administration to move swiftly in clarifying new law and associated regulation, taking into account the needs of municipalities in flux, and ultimately act with the intention of achieving parity and safety amongst transit operators of all kinds; and further be it 

   
RESOLVED:

That the City Clerk be and hereby is requested to forward a suitably engrossed copy of this resolution to Cambridge's State Delegation. 

   

NO ACTION TAKEN SEPTEMBER 21, 2015 - ACTION TAKEN ADOPTING ORDER ON AUGUST 10, 2015 STANDS.
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