Board Authorizes 78 New Taxicab Operator Certificates

Feb. 19, 2014

News Highlights

  • 78 new certificates have been added to the existing fleet of 576 to address public demand.
  • This action nearly doubles the number of wheelchair-accessible taxicabs serving the county.
  • Taxicabs placed in service will be hybrid or plug-in electric hybrid vehicles (with the exception of wheelchair-accessible taxicabs).

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has authorized the addition of 78 new taxicab operator certificates to the county’s existing fleet of 576 to address both local demand and public welfare. The change represents a 13.6 percent increase in overall fleet size and will nearly double the number of taxicabs that are able to provide wheelchair-accessible service.

As a part of the biennial review of taxicab certificate process, the board authorized an additional 39 taxicab certificates in June 2013 based on results of the Taxicab Demand Formula that indicated a need for a 6 percent increase in certificates. In July and August 2013, seven applicants, including three incumbent operators and four new applicants, requested a total of 421 certificates.

Over the next few months a variety of material regarding local demand and public welfare was reviewed by the Consumer Protection Commission (CPC), while staff took part in educational and outreach activity events with community, consumer, taxicab industry and transportation organizations. Based on the information gathered, the CPC recommended that the number of new certificates introduced into the fleet be increased from 39 to 78, to better serve resident needs while also allowing for the need to provide additional wheelchair-accessible vehicles. The commission also recommended awarding new operator certificates to three of the county’s existing taxicab providers and also recommended that enviroCAB, which currently provides service in Arlington County, be awarded operator certificates as well.

The Board of Supervisors approved the commission’s recommendations at its Feb. 11 meeting. The certificates have been awarded to four applicants – Fairfax Yellow, Red Top, White Top and enviroCAB. The new vehicles will be placed in service within the next six months.

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