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Article - Public Utilities




§10–101.

    (a)    In this title the following words have the meanings indicated.

    (b)    “Central Repository” has the meaning stated in § 10-201 of the Criminal Procedure Article.

    (c)    “Criminal Justice Information System” has the meaning stated in § 10-201 of the Criminal Procedure Article.

    (d)    “For-hire driver’s license” includes:

        (1)    a passenger-for-hire license; and

        (2)    a taxicab driver’s license.

    (e)    (1)    “Limousine service” means operating a motor vehicle for hire using a motor vehicle classified as a Class Q (limousine) vehicle under § 13–939 of the Transportation Article.

        (2)    “Limousine service” does not include providing taxicab services, sedan services, or transportation network services.

    (f)    (1)    “Operate a motor vehicle for hire” means to transport or offer to transport a person in a motor vehicle in exchange for remuneration.

        (2)    “Operate a motor vehicle for hire” includes:

            (i)    providing passenger-for-hire services; and

            (ii)    providing taxicab services.

    (g)    “Provide passenger–for–hire services” includes:

        (1)    providing limousine services;

        (2)    providing sedan services; and

        (3)    providing transportation network services.

    (h)    “Provide taxicab services” means to operate a motor vehicle for hire that, in addition to other services:

        (1)    is advertised or held out to the public as a taxicab or as providing taxicab services;

        (2)    regardless of how or when engaged, provides for-hire service between points chosen by the passenger and for a fare that is based on the distance traveled, the time elapsed, or both; or

        (3)    is engaged by the passenger for service between points chosen by the passenger that is provided through:

            (i)    hail from the street or other location; or

            (ii)    request made at a taxi stand or other location where the motor vehicle is standing and waiting for a request for service.

    (i)    “Remuneration” includes:

        (1)    a fare;

        (2)    a fee;

        (3)    a toll;

        (4)    a gratuity; and

        (5)    personal services.

    (j)    (1)    “Sedan service” means operating a motor vehicle for hire using a motor vehicle designed to carry 15 or fewer individuals, including the driver.

        (2)    “Sedan service” does not include providing taxicab services, limousine services, or transportation network services.

    (k)    “Taxicab driver’s license” means a license issued by the Commission to an individual that provides taxicab services.

    (l)    “Transportation network company” means a company that operates in the State using a digital network to connect passengers to transportation network operators or transportation network partners for transportation network services.

    (m)    “Transportation network operator”, “transportation network partner”, or “transportation network driver” means an individual who:

        (1)    has been issued a transportation network operator’s license, or is otherwise authorized, by the Commission to provide transportation network services;

        (2)    receives, through a transportation network company’s digital network application, a connection to a potential passenger to transport the passenger between points chosen by the passenger in exchange for the payment of a fee to the transportation network company; and

        (3)    uses a motor vehicle that is owned, leased, or otherwise authorized for use by the individual and is approved for use in providing transportation network services by the Commission.

    (n)    (1)    “Transportation network services” means the activities of an operator during:

            (i)    transportation network coverage period one, during which the operator is logged onto and ready to accept a prearranged ride request made through a transportation network company’s digital network application;

            (ii)    transportation network coverage period two, during which the operator accepts a ride request from a passenger that is prearranged through a transportation network company’s digital network application, and is traveling to a predetermined location to pick up the passenger; and

            (iii)    transportation network coverage period three, during which the operator transports the passenger and continuing until the passenger departs the motor vehicle.

        (2)    “Transportation network services” does not include:

            (i)    providing taxicab services, sedan services, or limousine services; or

            (ii)    any shared expense carpool arrangement or service or other type of arrangement or service in which a driver receives a fee that does not exceed the driver’s costs associated with providing a ride.