01-014-O
ORDINANCE NO. __________

AN ORDINANCE ELIMINATING LIMOUSINE REGULATIONS; REPEALING ARTICLE V OF CHAPTER 47, DULUTH CITY CODE, 1959, AS AMENDED.

BY PRESIDENT EDWARDS:

        The city of Duluth does ordain:

                Section 1.     That Article V of Chapter 47, Duluth City Code, 1959, as amended, be repealed in its entirety.

                Section 2.     That this ordinance shall take effect and be in force 30 days from and after its passage and publication.



STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  This ordinance repeals Duluth's licensing system and regulations on limousines. The reason that this is being done is because the state of Minnesota has, through its department of transportation, developed a comprehensive regulatory system for limousines throughout the state so that Duluth's regulations are largely redundant. Duluth began regulating limousines in 1987. There was no other limousine regulations at that time. In 1991, the state of Minnesota began to regulate limousines. Over the years, the department of transportation has developed a permit system for limousines and has 11 pages of regulations covering vehicle inspections, driver qualifications, insurance requirements, advertising regulations, etc. Because these systems are adequate to regulate the industry, our local regulations are no longer needed. There are presently only two limousine businesses in town.