BY COUNCILOR STAUBER:
The city of Duluth does ordain:
Section 1. That Section 47-33 of the Duluth City Code, 1959, as amended, be amended to read as follows:
Sec. 47-33.Rates--notice of rates change.
There shall be prominently displayed in all taxicabs a rate statement card no smaller than 8.5"x11" setting out in large size print all the maximum various rates charged to passengers for all the various services offered. Unless otherwise specifically stated on the rate statement card, the rates charged shall not apply individually to each person riding in the taxicab, but instead shall apply to the ride, whether one or more individuals are in the taxicab at a time. This card shall also contain a sentence informing passengers that the driver has printed copies of the entire text of the rate statement card which will be supplied to them upon request. All the information on the rate statement card shall be prominently displayed on each side of the outside of the vehicle in text all of which shall be at least 1.5 inches high. It is a violation of this Code to charge a rate higher than that stated on the rate statement card.
In order to change a the maximum rates, the licensee shall do the following:
(a) Register the new maximum rates with the city clerk at least seven days before it is they are implemented. The clerk shall post the changed rates on the city website for an appropriate period of time;
(b) Pay to the clerk a rate change registration fee in an amount determined as set out in Section 2-16;
(c) Change the rate notices statement card required by this Article. The clerk shall post the changed rate on the city website for an appropriate period of time.
The driver of any taxicab shall upon demand give any passenger a receipt for the fare charged, which receipt shall include the name of the driver, the identification of the vehicle, the amount charged and the date of the transaction.
Section 2. That this ordinance shall take effect 30 days after its passage and publication.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: This is a housekeeping amendment. On September 10, 2007, the council passed an amendment to Section 47-33 of the Duluth City Code requiring that rates be filed in the city clerk’s office and posted on the city website. Specific language was added to make it a violation of the city code to charge a rate higher than that stated on the rate statement card. The information on the rate card must be displayed on each side of the outside of the taxicab.
The council discussed the ability of companies to reduce rates, for example by allowing the use of punch cards for a free ride after a certain number of rides have been purchased. The purpose of this amendment is to clarify that it is the maximum rates for all the various services offered that must be on the rate card, displayed on the outside of the taxicab, and registered with the city clerk. Discounts may be given without registering with the city clerk, or revising the rate statement card and the outside of the taxicab.