Senate Bill No. 335
(By Senators Beach and Prezioso)
[Originating in the Committee on Government Organization;
reported February 3, 2011.]
A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §8-12-5f, relating to authorizing Class I and Class II municipalities to regulate taxicabs and taxi stands by ordinance.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §8-12-5f, to read as follows:
ARTICLE 12. GENERAL AND SPECIFIC POWERS, DUTIES AND ALLIED RELATIONS OF MUNICIPALITIES, GOVERNING BODIES AND MUNICIPAL OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES; SUITS AGAINST MUNICIPALITIES.
§8-12-5f. Regulation of taxicabs and taxi stands.
(a) Notwithstanding the provisions of article two, chapter twenty-four-a of this code, the governing body of a Class I or Class II municipality may, by ordinance, regulate taxicabs and taxi stands within the corporate limits of the municipality and five miles beyond the corporate limits of the municipality if taxis serve the area.
(b) The regulations may include:
(1) Requirements for the condition of the taxicab;
(2) The location of taxi stands;
(3) Background checks for taxi drivers; and
(4) Drug Testing for taxi drivers.
(c) This section is not intended to increase the number of operators or owners of taxicabs and taxi stands.