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Vehicle-For-Hire Use of Cellphone

No cellphone use while driving

Vehicle for hire driver are prohibited from using cell phones and electronics devices while driving

Cell phones have become an indispensable part of our lives, and when you are a for hire driver, your cell phone is a toll for business and assistance.  The popularity of mobile devices has had some unintended and sometimes deadly consequences. A disturbing number of traffic accidents are linked to distracted drivers, including use of mobile devices while driving, resulting in injury and loss of life. The City of Houston has regulated the use of cell phone for for hire drivers to increase the safety of the drivers, passengers and the general population. Please be aware that talking on a cell phone while driving is prohibited for Houston Limousine drivers. Please read the ordinance below.

Sec. 46-11.2. – Use of cellular telephones and electronic communication devices prohibited.

(a) It shall be unlawful for any permittee, registrant or licensee to use or cause to be used any cellular telephone or any other electronic communication device to place or receive a phone call or write, send, or read a text-based communication during the active provision of transportation services while the passenger is in the vehicle for hire unless the cellular telephone or electronic communication device is specifically designed and configured to allow voice-operated and hands-free operation to listen and talk or dictate, send, or listen to text-based communication and is used in that manner during the active provision of transportation services while the passenger is in the vehicle for hire.

(b) The provisions of this section shall not prohibit the use of an electronic communication device designed, configured and used to provide voice-operated and hands-free navigation assistance to the licensee during the active provision of transportation services while the passenger is in the vehicle for hire.

(c) Permittees, registrants and licensees may use or cause to be used cellular telephones or other electronic communication devices while the vehicle for hire is lawfully standing or parked.

(d) It is an affirmative defense to prosecution under this section that the permittee, registrant or licensee used or caused to be used a cellular telephone or other electronic communication device during the active provision of transportation services while the passenger is in the vehicle for hire to contact 9-1-1 to report an imminent threat to life or property; and

(1) The licensee could not safely stop the vehicle for hire to initiate contact with 9-1-1; and

(2) The licensee provides documentary proof of communication with 9-1-1.

(Ord. No. 2014-754, § 2 (Exh. A), 8-6-2014)

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Jon Ouazdi

Admin

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Vehicle-For-Hire Data Submission Requirements

Click-Here-To-Submit your data

This is an update for the Data Submission date, the new dates are in the table below, do not forget to submit it

Vehicle-For-Hire Data Submission Requirements: Please allow me to remind you about the Vehicle-For-Hire Data Submission Requirements, as many limousine operators did not submit the data for the first and second quarters of this year.

As of August 6, 2014, all vehicle-for-hire companies (permittes and registrants) are required to submit operations data pertaining to the performance or facilitation of transportation services to the City of Houston Administration and Regulatory Affairs Department on a quarterly basis. VFH companies were allowed a waiver for 2015, but starting on April 2016, It is required to submit the data. Failure to do so may result in revoking your Limousine License, or refusal to let you renew it for 2017.

Companies must complete and submit this form on or before the following dates, covering the following time periods:

Date Due Months Covered
April 20 January, February, March
July 20 April, May, June
October 20 July, August, September
January 20 October, November, December

Here is what they require you to submit:

Revenue
Gross Receipts Generated By:
Street hails
Smart-phone App
Traditional dispatch
Total gross receipts
Revenue Sharing:
Revenue retained by company (Permittee/Registrant)
Revenue retained by drivers (licenses)
Total revenue

Permitted Vehicles
Wheelchair accessible vehicles
Non-wheelchair accessible
Total permitted vehicles

Licensed Drivers
Licensed drivers in service
Total number of hours driven

Trips
Method of Arrangement
Street hails
Smart-phone App
Traditional dispatch
Total Trips
Airport Trips
Trips to George Bush Intercontinental (IAH)
Trips to William P. Hobby (HOU)
Total Airport Trips
Wheelchair Accessibility
Wheelchair accessible trips
requested
Wheelchair accessible trips
requested, completed
Service by Area
Trips requested by zip code

Accidents
Number of accidents/collisions
For each incident, include
Date
Time
Cause

This is a preview of the online form, click on it to enlarge

 

Jon Ouazdi

Admin

 

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Notice of Stakeholder Meeting with Mayor Sylvester Turner

Mayor Sylvester Turner

To all Limousine operators:

The City of Houston is considering amendments to Chapter 46 of the Houston Code of Ordinances related to City-wide-vehicle-for-hire dispatch.

You are invited to attend a stakeholder meeting on Thursday, September 1, 2016 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM (please check the calendar events to add the event to your phone calendar) to provide feedback and participate in a discussion of the proposed amendments to the Ordinance. The stakeholder meeting will be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center in General Assembly Room B. You are encouraged to attend and arrive on time as Mayor Turner and other invited guests will be speaking to the Taxi and Limousine industry.

All limousine operators are encourage to attend and voice their concern, the more operators show up, the more serious the Mayor will take us a group. Please arrive early to allow for time to find parking, (Click here for parking info) and to get to the convention center. (Click here for the floor map)  You can park on the street meter, or at the parking garage across the street from the convention center. Please be courteous and well-mannered during the meeting, this is the first time our industry is having a meeting with the Mayor, so we want to be at the best professional level possible.

Jon Ouazdi
Admin

Stackholder meeting with Mayor Sylvestor Turner