Metropolitan Taxicab Commission

Details about the Metropolitan Taxicab Commission

Overview

The Metropolitan Taxicab Commission, also called the Regional Taxicab Commission, is empowered to develop and implement plans, policies, and programs to improve the quality of taxicab service.

The Regional Taxicab Commission consists of nine (9) members total, including a chairperson and eight (8) members. Four (4) members shall be appointed by Mayor of St. Louis City with approval from Board of Alderman and four (4) members shall be appointed St. Louis County Executive with approval of the governing body of the county, all for a term of 4 years.

The Mayor of St. Louis City and the St. Louis County Executive shall alternately appoint a chairperson who shall serve a term of 3 years.

Apply to Serve (8 openings) View board website
Openings include appointments labeled "Serving Beyond Term."

Board Members

Showing 6 active board members (maximum 9)
Name Role End Date
Basil Rudawsky Member 01/01/2045
Matt Vianello Member 09/30/2021
Serving Beyond Term
Catherine Gilbert 09/18/2018
Serving Beyond Term
Larry Satz 09/10/2017
Serving Beyond Term
Joshua Osho Member 09/10/2016
Serving Beyond Term
Eyasu Asfaw Member 09/30/2014
Serving Beyond Term

Authorizing Legislation

Rev. Mo. Stat. 67.1800- 67.1822

Board Duties and Purpose

Powers of the commission. —The Regional Taxicab Commission is empowered to:

(1) Develop and implement plans, policies, and programs to improve the quality of taxicab service within the district;

(2) Cooperate and collaborate with the hotel and restaurant industry to:

(a) Restrict the activities of those doormen employed by hotels and restaurants who accept payment from taxicab drivers or taxicab companies in exchange for the doormen's assistance in obtaining passengers for such taxicab drivers and companies; and

(b) Obtain the adherence of hotel shuttle vehicles to the requirement that they operate solely on scheduled trips between fixed termini and shall have authority to create guidelines for hotel and commercial shuttles;

(3) Cooperate and collaborate with other governmental entities, including the government of the United States, this state, and political subdivisions of this and other states;

(4) Cooperate and collaborate with governmental entities whose boundaries adjoin those of the district to assure that any taxicab or taxicab company neither licensed by the commission nor officed within its boundaries shall nonetheless be subject to those aspects of the taxicab code applicable to taxicabs operating within the district's boundaries;

(5) Contract with any public or private agency, individual, partnership, association, corporation or other entity, consistent with law, for the provision of services necessary to improve the quality of taxicab service within the district;

(6) Accept grants and donations from public or private entities for the purpose of improving the quality of taxicab service within the district;

(7) Execute contracts, sue, and be sued;

(8) Adopt a taxicab code to license and regulate taxicab companies and individual taxicabs within the district consistent with existing ordinances, and to provide for the enforcement of such code for the purpose of improving the quality of taxicab service within the district;

(9) Collect reasonable fees in an amount sufficient to fund the commission's licensing, regulatory, inspection, and enforcement functions; except that, fees charged to entities regulated by the city or county prior to August 28, 2004, shall not exceed three times those amounts charged by such city or county in the first 3 years of the commission's operation, nor shall said fees exceed four (4x's) times those amounts for the next 3 years and for subsequent years, the fees may be adjusted annually based on the rate of inflation according to the consumer price index. Previously regulated entities the class of service of which was regulated by both the city and the county may have fees based on the higher of the two fees charged for that class of service;

(10) Establish accounts with appropriate banking institutions, borrow money, buy, sell, or lease property for the necessary functions of the commission; and

(11) Require taxicabs to display special taxicab license plates as provided in chapter 301 in order to operate within the district. If the commission revokes the taxicab license the commission may confiscate such license plates and return them to the director of revenue pursuant to subsection 3 of section 67.1813.

Member Requirements

Appointments require Board of Aldermen approval.

Membership of commission, appointments. —

1. The regional taxicab commission shall consist of a chairperson plus eight (8) members, four (4) of whom shall be appointed by the chief executive of the city with approval of the Board of Aldermen, and four (4) of whom shall be appointed by the chief executive of the county with approval of the governing body of the county.

Of the eight (8) members first appointed, one (1) city and one (1) county appointee shall be appointed to a 4-year term, two (2) city and two (2) county appointees shall be appointed to a 3-year term, and one (1) city and one (1) county appointee shall be appointed to a 1-year term.

Members appointed after the expiration of these initial terms shall serve a 4-year term. The chief executive officer of the city and the chief executive officer of the county shall alternately appoint a chairperson who shall serve a term of 3 years.

The respective chief executive who appoints the members of the commission shall appoint members to fill unexpired terms resulting from any vacancy of a person appointed by that chief executive. All members and the chairperson must reside within the district while serving as a member. All members shall serve without compensation. Nothing shall prohibit a representative of the taxicab industry from being chairperson.

2. In making the eight (8) appointments set forth in subsection 1 of this section, the chief executive officer of the city and the chief executive officer of the county shall collectively select four (4) representatives of the taxicab industry. Such four representatives of the taxicab industry shall include at least one from each of the following:

(1) An owner or designated assignee of a taxicab company which holds at least one but no more than one hundred taxicab licenses;

(2) An owner or designated assignee of a taxicab company which holds at least one hundred one taxicab licenses or more;

(3) A taxicab driver, excluding any employee or independent contractor of a company currently represented on the commission.

The remaining five (5) commission members shall be designated "at large" and shall not be a representative of the taxicab industry or be the spouse of any such person nor be an individual who has a direct material or financial interest in such industry.

If any representative of the taxicab industry resigns or is otherwise unable to serve out the term for which such representative was appointed, a similarly situated representative of the taxicab industry shall be appointed to complete the specified term.

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