BALTIMORE — The Maryland Limousine Association announced the recent passing of a limo bill it pushed that protects legitimate operators while imposing strong penalties for those operating without the proper authority.
Association members previously had descended upon Annapolis soliciting support for this legislation. The new bill will help State Del. Steven J. DeBoy (D) and State Sen. James N. Robey (D) lead the fight in their respective branches of the Maryland legislature. The bill will go into effect Oct. 1.
Below is a summary of the new law:
Public Service Companies — Passenger-For-Hire Services — Limousines
This bill (1) requires limousine services to pay the annual $40 assessment to the Public Service Commission (PSC) to support the For-Hire Driving Services Enforcement Fund by repealing the current exemption; (2) adds to the definition of a limousine, a vehicle that is driven as part of a service that advertises itself, or has registered with PSC, as a limousine service; (3) prohibits an individual to operate a for-hire limousine with capacity to carry up to 15 people, unless he or she has a for-hire driver’s license issued by PSC; (4) prohibits an individual to allow another to operate the specified limousine unless the operator possesses the PSC driver’s license and the limousine displays a special limousine registration plate issued by the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA); and (5) on conviction, makes a violation of these prohibitions a misdemeanor subjecting the violator to up to one year imprisonment, a fine of up to $1,000, or both, and for the limousine operator only, two points under the Maryland Vehicle Law.
Source: Linda Moore, LCT Magazine