Commissioner Dennis C. Moss sponsors legislation that builds framework for the future of technology and customer service in the taxi industry
(MIAMI, FL) The Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners recently held a Special Meeting to discuss matters relating to the regulation of taxicabs and limousines. At this meeting commissioners were given the opportunity to take action to approve ordinances, resolutions and discussion items related to the industry. Commissioner Dennis C. Moss, Chairman of the Transportation and Aviation Committee introduced legislation that would make sure that the for-hire motor vehicles industry in Miami-Dade County is modernized and fair to the consumer and the driver.
Recognizing that the County Commission was considering a number of legislative proposals which would establish additional technology requirements for taxicabs and the operation of these enhancements may result in increased costs to for-hire license holders and/or chauffeurs, Commissioner Moss drafted a resolution directing the Mayor or Mayors designee to explore and evaluate funding options such as a technology surcharge to pay for upgrades. This resolution was subsequently passed by the board.
With a major concern of the drivers addressed, Commissioner Moss moved to strengthen consumer protection and proposed an ordinance that prohibits the addition of any surcharge or fee without approval by the County Commission. “We have to prohibit individuals from levying a surcharge without County approval,” said Moss. This legislation also protects the consumer by prohibiting the operator or chauffer from operating a taxicab where the taximeter for credit card processing system does not accurately display approved rates or fares.
At the Special Meeting held on January 29th, 2014 Commissioner Moss and the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners developed a framework that supports new technology while protecting consumers and drivers in the process. “We must reinforce the notion that we have to embrace new technology,” said Commissioner Moss.