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File Number: 111324
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File Number: 111324 File Type: Ordinance Status: In Committee
Version: 0 Reference: 11-77 Control: County Commission
File Name: AMENDING CHAPTER 31 OF THE CODE RE: VEHICLES FOR HIRE Introduced: 6/16/2011
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 10/4/2011
Agenda Date: 10/4/2011 Agenda Item Number: 7C
Notes: Title: ORDINANCE RELATING TO VEHICLES FOR HIRE; AMENDING CHAPTER 31 OF THE CODE OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, TO PROVIDE THAT ACCESSIBLE TAXICABS SCHEDULED TO BE RETIRED ON DECEMBER 31, 2011 SHALL BE ALLOWED TO BE OPERATED FOR AN ADDITIONAL ONE-YEAR PERIOD; AMENDING VEHICLE AGE REQUIREMENTS FOR LUXURY LIMOUSINES, STRETCH LIMOUSINES AND SUPER-STRETCH LIMOUSINES TO PROVIDE THAT NO SUCH VEHICLE INITIALLY PLACED INTO SERVICE DURING 2011 OR 2012 SHALL BE OLDER THAN THREE MODEL YEARS OF AGE; PROVIDING SEVERABILITY, INCLUSION IN THE CODE, AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE
Indexes: LIMOUSINES
  ORDINANCE RELATING
  VEHICLES FOR HIRE
Sponsors: Joe A. Martinez, Prime Sponsor
  Jean Monestime, Co-Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 10/4/2011 7C Adopted P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Abigail Price-Williams read into the record the title of the foregoing proposed ordinance. Hearing no questions or comments, the Board members proceeded to vote on the foregoing proposed ordinance, as presented.

Regional Transportation Committee 9/12/2011 1E1 Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Bruce Libhaber read the foregoing proposed ordinance into the record. Chairman Barreiro opened the public hearing for persons wishing to speak in connection with this ordinance, and closed it after no one appeared. Hearing no questions or comments, the Committee voted on this ordinance as presented.

Board of County Commissioners 7/7/2011 Tentatively scheduled for a public hearing Regional Transportation Committee 9/12/2011

Board of County Commissioners 7/7/2011 4A Adopted on first reading 9/12/2011 P
REPORT: First Assistant County Attorney Abigail Price-Williams read the foregoing proposed ordinance into the record. The foregoing proposed ordinance was adopted on first reading and set for a public hearing before the Regional Transportation Committee on Monday, September 12, 2011 at 9:30 a.m.

County Attorney 6/16/2011 Referred Regional Transportation Committee 9/12/2011

County Attorney 6/16/2011 Assigned Gerald K. Sanchez 6/17/2011

Legislative Text


TITLE
ORDINANCE RELATING TO VEHICLES FOR HIRE; AMENDING CHAPTER 31 OF THE CODE OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, TO PROVIDE THAT ACCESSIBLE TAXICABS SCHEDULED TO BE RETIRED ON DECEMBER 31, 2011 SHALL BE ALLOWED TO BE OPERATED FOR AN ADDITIONAL ONE-YEAR PERIOD; AMENDING VEHICLE AGE REQUIREMENTS FOR LUXURY LIMOUSINES, STRETCH LIMOUSINES AND SUPERSTRETCH LIMOUSINES TO PROVIDE THAT NO SUCH VEHICLE INITIALLY PLACED INTO SERVICE DURING 2011 OR 2012 SHALL BE OLDER THAN THREE MODEL YEARS OF AGE; PROVIDING SEVERABILITY, INCLUSION IN THE CODE, AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE

BODY
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMIDADE COUNTY, FLORIDA:
Section 1. Chapter 31 of the Code of Miami-Dade County, Florida, is hereby amended to read as follows:1
CHAPTER 31

VEHICLES FOR HIRE

ARTICLE II. LICENSING AND REGULATION OF FOR-HIRE MOTOR VEHICLES

Sec. 31-82. For-hire licenses.

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(l) In order to assure the development and maintenance of adequate wheelchair accessible taxicab service, Miami-Dade County shall strive to ensure that at least three (3) percent of the total number of for-hire taxicab licenses are operated using accessible vehicles by December 31, 2006.
(1) The director, by administrative decision, may require that at least fifty (50) percent of for-hire vehicles authorized to operate under a for-hire license initially issued pursuant to Sections 31-82(o)(1) and 31-82(p) after the effective date of this ordinance must be accessible vehicles. All for-hire taxicab licenses issued pursuant to this subsection (1) shall be selected first in each lottery.
(2) Licenses to be operated using accessible vehicles pursuant to Section 31-82(l)(1), 31-82(o)(1), 31-82(o)(2), or 3182(o)(3) shall be issued upon payment of an amount that is ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00) less than the amounts stated in Section 31-82(m), 31-93(c)(2), or 31-93(d), respectively, or five thousand dollars ($5,000.00), whichever amount is greater, payable in full within one hundred twenty (120) days after each lottery.
(3) It shall be a condition of all for-hire taxicab licenses that are required to operate using accessible vehicles pursuant to Section 31-82(l)(1), 31-82(o)(1), 31-82(o)(2), or 3182(o)(3) that the vehicle operated under the authority of such license shall always be an accessible vehicle.
(4) Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary, all for-hire taxicab licenses ordered by the director to operate using accessible vehicles pursuant to Section 31-82(l)(1) or 3182(o)(2) shall meet the following vehicle age requirements: any vehicle initially placed into service shall not have been previously used as a taxicab and shall be no greater than five (5) model years of age. Any vehicle over ten (10) years of age shall not be operated as a taxicab. >>Notwithstanding the vehicle age limits required by this subsection, any properly permitted and inspected accessible taxicab scheduled for retirement on December 31, 2011 shall be allowed to be operated for an additional one-year period.<<

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Section 2. Section 31-609 of the Code of Miami-Dade County, Florida, is hereby amended to read as follows:
Sec. 31-609. Vehicle Standards.
(b) Vehicle age limits and inspection schedules. Vehicle age limits and frequency of for-hire vehicle inspections are as follows; provided however, that the CSD may inspect a for-hire vehicle at any time:
(1) Luxury limousine sedans. No luxury limousine sedan initially placed into service shall be older than two (2) model years of age. No luxury limousine sedan that exceeds five (5) model years of age shall be inspected or operated.
(2) Stretch limousines. No stretch limousine initially placed into service shall be older than two (2) model years of age. No stretch limousine that exceeds five (5) model years of age shall be inspected or operated; provided, however, that a luxury sedan vehicle that is either a fifteen (15) or greater model year Rolls Royce, Packard or Mercedes-Benz that has been stretched a minimum of forty-two (42) inches may be operated beyond five (5) model years as long as the vehicle meets the inspection requirements of the Code.
(3) Super-stretch limousines. No super-stretch limousine initially placed into service shall be older than two (2) model years of age. No super-stretch limousine that exceeds seven (7) model years of age shall be inspected or operated; provided, however, that a luxury sedan vehicle that is either a fifteen (15) or greater model year Rolls Royce, Packard or Mercedes-Benz that has been stretched a minimum of one hundred twenty (120) inches may be operated beyond seven (7) model years as long as the vehicle meets the inspection requirements of the Code.
(4) The limousine vehicle age requirements will be effective one year after adoption of this article. >>Notwithstanding the vehicle age limits required by Section 31-609(b)(1), (2) and (3) of the Code, no luxury limousine sedan, stretch limousine or super-stretch limousine initially placed into service during 2011 or 2012 shall be older than three (3) model years of age.<<
(5) Ancient, antique, or collectible limousines are exempt from the vehicle age requirements of this article.
(6) Limousines shall minimally meet the following inspection schedule:
(i) Limousines one (1) through two (2) model years of age shall be inspected annually;
(ii) Limousines three (3) through four (4) model years of age shall be inspected semi-annually;
(iii) Limousines five (5) model years of age or more shall be inspected quarterly; provided, however, that ancient or antique limousines shall be inspected semi-annually.

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Section 3. If any section, subsection, sentence, clause or provision of this ordinance is held invalid, the remainder of this ordinance shall not be affected by such invalidity.
Section 4. It is the intention of the Board of County Commissioners, and it is hereby ordained that the provisions of this ordinance, including any sunset provision, shall become and be made a part of the Code of Miami-Dade County, Florida. The sections of this ordinance may be renumbered or relettered to accomplish such intention, and the word "ordinance" may be changed to "section," "article," or other appropriate word.
Section 5. This ordinance shall become effective ten (10) days after the date of enactment unless vetoed by the Mayor, and if vetoed, shall become effective only upon an override by this Board.

1 Words stricken through and/or [[double bracketed]] shall be deleted. Words underscored and/or >>double arrowed<< constitute the amendment proposed. Remaining provisions are now in effect and remain unchanged.



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