With the current Taxi Franchise system set to expire in July of 2020, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) is leveraging this key moment in the local for-hire transportation industry by recommending key reforms that will improve the regulatory environment for the taxi industry and improve customer experience for Angelenos.
Some of these changes include:
- Creating an Open Market System with no fleet caps while still maintaining certain minimum requirements
- Relaxed Trade Dress requirements for vehicles
- Real time Data Sharing with all for-hire vehicles
- Centralized Dispatching including E-hail for all permitted vehicles
- Expedited Driver Onboarding
- Upfront Pricing Calculation using technology without taximeters
Taxi Reform Study
In 2018, LADOT launched a third party study to explore how the growth in mobility options and technology have affected the for-hire industry overall, as well as a planning process to determine the best framework for regulating taxicabs. A draft report was released in August of 2019. The LADOT plans to have final report released in December of 2019.
Centralized Dispatch (RFP Coming Soon)
In the Spring of 2020, the LADOT expects to draft a scope of work and release a Request for Proposals for a third party to manage a centralized dispatch APP for all For-Hire Vehicles permitted by the LADOT.