Authorization of Wheelchair Accessible Taxicab Medallions; Doc. No. 14-003
[44 Pa.B. 5550]
[Saturday, August 16, 2014]
By the Authority:
The Philadelphia Parking Authority (the ''Authority''), regulates all taxicab and limousine service in the City of Philadelphia (the ''City'').1 The Authority is currently empowered to issue and sell 45 new taxicab medallions.2
In 2012 the General Assembly increased the statutory ceiling on the number of Philadelphia taxicab medallions from 1,600 to 1,615.3 Each of those 15 new medallions is required to be affixed to a vehicle capable of providing wheelchair accessible taxicab service.4 Act 119 also increased that statutory ceiling by 15 medallions on June 1, 2013, and an additional 15 each June 1, thereafter until the statutory ceiling reaches 1,750.5 The primary impetus for Act 119 was the failure of existing medallion owners to address the transportation needs of the disabled community. In order to begin to address this short coming in Philadelphia's public transportation system, the Authority will restrict all 45 of the new medallions authorized as of the date of this order for use on wheelchair accessible vehicles (''WAVs'').6
It Is Ordered That:
1. The Director of the Authority's Taxicab and Limousine Division (''TLD''), or his designee (the ''Director''), shall administer the sale of the 45 Philadelphia taxicab medallions currently authorized by Act 119 (collectively the ''45 medallions''). Each of the 45 medallions is hereby designated a WAV medallion, in perpetuity.
2. Prior to the effective date of Act 119, 1,600 medallions were authorized for issuance by statute. One of those medallions had been surrendered by the owner, which made that medallion nontransferable. However, a 1,600th medallion remains available for issuance. That medallion will be numbered ''1601'' (the number used to identify the surrendered and nontransferable medallion will not be used again). This issue was addressed in the Board's Order dated March 28, 2013, at Docket No. P-12-02-01.
3. In the event that the review of the Authority's March 28, 2013 Order is finally resolved in the Authority's favor, the Director is also authorized to administer the sale of medallion 1601, as provided in this Order. Medallion 1601 will be sold as a WAV medallion.
4. The 45 medallions will be identified by a numbering system to include ''WP'' (Wheelchair Philadelphia) before the number assigned to the medallion. The first of the 45 Medallions will be identified as ''WP-1602,'' the second will be ''WP-1603,'' and so on. Medallion 1601 will be identified as ''WP-1601.''
5. Each medallion authorized by this Order will be sold separately by sealed competitive bid, as provided by the Authority's regulations.
6. Each sealed bid for a medallion must be filed with the TLD Clerk, by hand delivery, at the TLD's headquarters at 2415 South Swanson Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148.
7. In order to be considered filed, a medallion bid must be time stamped by the TLD's Clerk.
8. The Clerk may only time stamp a medallion bid as follows:
a) Between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on the business day preceding the date of the scheduled medallion sale; or
b) Between 9:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. on the day of the scheduled medallion sale.
9. The upset price for each medallion will be $475,000.
10. The Director may, in his discretion, remove any medallion from a scheduled bid opening date. In this case, the sale of that medallion will be rescheduled for sale as provided in this Order.
11. The Director may, in his discretion, remove any medallion from a scheduled bid opening date and place the medallion before this Board for a new sale authorization, pursuant to such terms and conditions as the Board may then impose.
12. The sealed bids for the medallions will be opened by the Director at the TLD's headquarters at 11:00 a.m. at 2415 South Swanson Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148 as follows:
a) On October 22, 2014: Medallion Nos. WP-1602 and 1603.
b) On October 29, 2014: Medallion Nos. WP-1604, WP-1605 and 1606.
c) On November 13, 2014: Medallion Nos. WP-1607, WP-1608, WP-1609 and WP-1610.
d) On November 19, 2014: Medallion Nos. WP-1611, WP-1612, WP-1613 WP-1614 and WP-1615.
e) On November 25, 2014: Medallion Nos. WP-1616, WP-1617, WP-1618, WP 1619 and WP-1620.
f) On December 3, 2014: Medallion Nos. WP-1621, WP-1622, WP-1623 WP-1624, WP-1625, WP-1626 and WP-1627.
g) On December 10, 2014: Medallion Nos. WP-1628, WP-1629, WP-1630, WP-1631, WP-1632, WP-1633 and WP-1634.
h) On December 23, 2014: Medallion Nos. WP-1635, WP-1636, WP-1637, WP-1638, WP-1639, WP-1640 and WP-1641.
i) On December 30, 2014: Medallion Nos. WP-1642, WP-1643, WP-1644, WP-1645, WP-1646 and WP-1601.
13. Medallions scheduled for bid in October, but rescheduled by the Director, may be scheduled for sale as follows:
a) On January 21, 2015: the first 5 of any medallions removed from the bid schedule.
b) On January 28, 2015: all other medallions removed from the bid schedule.
14. Medallions scheduled for bid in November, but rescheduled by the Director, may be scheduled for sale as follows:
a) On February 4, 2015: the first 5 of any medallions removed from the bid schedule.
b) On February 18, 2015: all other medallions removed from the bid schedule.
15. Medallions scheduled for bid in December, but rescheduled by the Director, may be scheduled for sale as follows:
a) On March 11, 2015: the first 5 of any medallions removed from the bid schedule.
b) On March 18, 2015: all other medallions removed from the bid schedule.
16. Upon removal of a medallion from a scheduled bid date, the Director shall promptly identify the alternate bid date that will apply to that medallion as provided for in this Order on the Authority's Internet website and through a notice published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.
17. On any scheduled bid date in November 2014, a bidder may be designated the successful bidder as to no more than 3 medallions.
18. On any scheduled bid date in December 2014, a bidder may be designated the successful bidder as to no more than 4 medallions.
19. A bidder shall immediately inform the Director if it has reached the ceiling established in paragraph Nos. 17 or 18 (''Capped Bidder''), but also has submitted a bid for any other medallion to be sold that day. Upon such notice, the Director shall return the bid, unopened, and the bid will not be considered.
20. The medallion sale cap will not apply when a Capped Bidder is the only bidder on any other medallion sold on that date.
21. The mandatory closing date for every medallion assigned to a successful bidder is 45 days from the date of the successful bid.
22. This Board's Order dated July 30, 2014 at Docket No. 14-002 is rescinded and replaced by this Order.
23. The contact person for this Order is James R. Ney, Director, Taxicab and Limousine Division, (215)-683-9417.
24. The Executive Director shall cause this Order to be deposited with the Legislative Reference Bureau for publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.
VINCENT J. FENERTY, Jr.,
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 14-1766. Filed for public inspection August 15, 2014, 9:00 a.m.]
1 See 53 Pa.C.S. § 5701 et seq., as amended, (the ''act'').
2 See 53 Pa.C.S. §§ 5711(c)(2) and 5717(a).
3 See The act of July 5, 2012, (P. L. 1022, No. 119) (''Act 119'')
4 See 53 Pa.C.S. § 5711(c)(2)(i).
5 See 53 Pa.C.S. § 5711(c)(2)(ii).
6 In our Final Rulemaking Order No. 126-5, entered on June 12, 2014, the Authority committed to restricting all 150 of the Act 119 medallions to WAV use.
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