Senate Bill No. 335
(By Senators Beach and Prezioso)
[Introduced January 28, 2011; referred to the Committee on Government Organization; and then to the Committee on the Judiciary.]
A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §8-12-15f, relating to authorizing Class I and Class II municipalities to regulate taxis and taxi stands.
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 §8-12-15f, 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.
§8-12-15f. Regulation of taxies.
(a) Notwithstanding article two, chapter twenty-four-a of this code, the governing body of a Class I or Class II municipality may, by ordinance, regulate the transportation by motor vehicle of passengers, for pay, within the limits of the municipality or from points in the city to points beyond the limits of the municipality. The regulations may include, but are not limited to:
(1) Imposing reasonable license fee;
(2) Regulations for the operation of vehicles;
(3) The rates to be charged for transportation;
(4) The location of taxi stands;
(5) Driver background checks; and
(6) Drug Testing.
(b) This section may not be used to increase the number of allowable operators of motor vehicles used to transport passengers for pay.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to permit Class I and Class II municipalities to regulate taxi stands.
This section is new; therefore, strike-throughs and underscoring have been omitted.