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VACP MEMO: Request to Suspend Enforcement of COV § 46.2-2059.1

August 25, 2010 | VACP

To: Virginia Police Chiefs and Sheriffs
From: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), VACP Executive Director

During the 2010 General Assembly session, Delegate Glenn Oder introduced HB 1240, a bill to require taxicabs to bear roof signs and markings identifying them as taxicabs. The legislation was introduced at the request of the taxicab operators to distinguish their vehicles from medical transport vehicles that may be tagged with taxi license plates.

The language of the law is as follows:

Roof signs and markings for taxicabs. Every motor vehicle operating in the Commonwealth as a taxicab or performing a taxicab service shall bear a roof sign and markings, permanently affixed to its exterior, in letters at least three inches in height identifying the vehicle as a taxicab. (2010)

Enforcement of the provisions of the new law, which went into effect July 1, 2010, has been strictly interpreted in some localities and has created some unintended hardships for many small taxicab companies. Delegate Oder recently held a meeting with representatives from law enforcement, local government, the Department of Motor Vehicles and the taxicab operators to discuss how to address this problem until the statute can be amended during the 2011 General Assembly. We came to the conclusion that the most common sense temporary solution is simply to request that Virginia law enforcement suspend the strict enforcement of Code of Virginia § 46.2-2059.1 until the necessary amendments can be made to the law during the 2011 General Assembly session. At Delegate Oder’s request, and with the support of the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Virginia Taxicab Association and the Virginia Municipal League, the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police is requesting that all Virginia law enforcement agencies suspend their enforcement of this statute until notice is received in 2011 that corrective changes have been made to the law. If you have any questions, please contact Dana Schrad, VACP Executive Director at 804-338-9512 (mobile) or by email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. DOWNLOAD MEMO FOR DISTRIBUTION (PDF)