Thursday, January 26, 2012

Share your stories with CM Cheh

Councilmember Cheh received over 4,000 responses on her survey about taxis in DC.  Mike Debonis at Washington Post has a great summary of the survey.

Excerpt:

Those last two complaints — driver “profiling” and refusing to haul passengers to where they want to go — have long been leveled against city cab drivers, and they were leveled often by the survey respondents. They also both happen to be illegal under the current taxi regulations. 
Cheh said she was struck by how common those complaints remained. “We have more work to do there,” she said. “That’s very demeaning to people, and it makes us consider whether we’re doing enough now.” 
For full article, click here.


Dear Ward 7 residents, please let Ms Cheh know your experiences with taxis in this city.  She is holding a hearing on January 30, 2012, 11:00 AM  in room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW). Please sign up to testify in person or submit written testimony for the record.  Ms. V posted the hearing notice and bills below so you don't have to go searching for them.

B199-630: The District of Columbia Taxicab Commission Service Improvement Amendment Act of 2011 and 
B19-635: The Wheelchair Accessible Taxicabs Parity Amendment Act of 2011
 On January 30, 2012, Councilmember Mary M. Cheh, Chairperson of the Committee on the Environment, Public Works, and Transportation, will hold a public hearing on B19-630, the District of Columbia Taxicab Commission Service Improvement Amendment Act of 2011, and B19-635, the Wheelchair Accessible Taxicabs Parity Amendment Act of 2011. The public hearing will begin at 11:00 AM in Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.

The Committee invites the public to testify or to submit written testimony, which will be made a part of the official record. Anyone wishing to testify at the hearing should register online or contact Ms. Aukima Benjamin, staff assistant to the Committee on the Environment, Public Works, and Transportation, at 202-724-8062, or via e-mail at abenjamin@dccouncil.us. Representatives of organizations will be allowed a maximum of five (5) minutes for oral presentation and individuals will be allowed a maximum of three (3) minutes for oral presentation. Witnesses should bring 10 copies of their written testimony and submit a copy of their testimony electronically to abenjamin@dccouncil.us.
If you are unable to testify at the hearing, written statements are encouraged and will be made a part of the official record. Copies of written statements should be submitted either to the Committee on the Environment, Public Works, and Transportation or to Ms. Nyasha Smith, Secretary to the Council, Room 5, John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004. The record will close at the end of the business day on February 13, 2012.


B19-630: The District of Columbia Taxicab Commission Service Improvement Amendment Act of 2011


B19-635: The Wheelchair Accessible Taxicabs Parity Amendment Act of 2011

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