In the field of demand-responsive transportation (DRT), government regulation at every level must be reviewed to permit the inclusion of more modern concepts of the 3 major areas of regulatory concern: chauffeures, vehicles and service. This review must come soon because the thrust of current recommendations is to provide additional DRT service rather than to provide the means for existing business to meet the problem. In the area of chauffeur regulation, adequate and reasonable regulation must be enforced everywhere because too many licenses depend entirely on the licensing procedure to screen chauffeurs. Research indicates that the regulation of the design and construction of vehicles other than limitation of seating capacity is practically nonexistent. The regulations concerning age and condition of vehicle is generally left to administrative judgment. The van type vehicle is often omitted, and as a result vehicles rendering jitney and DRT services are unregulated. The point is made that taxicabs, which have historically been the vehicles for the private transportation of one or more persons, must have the opportunity to provide any additional or new DRT services that may be needed. The average DRT vehicle load is well within taxicab capacity. The latter is also suited to package delivery. Partnership with public transit is also a possibility. Improvement in the regulations concerning the limitation of the number of vehicles to be licensed is long overdue. Regulations related to the requirement of financial reliability need to be updated. The enactment of no-fault insurance legislation will reduce accident costs. A further major regulatory feature of DRT industry is the fixing of rates of fare. The rate structures must be revised so that any new DRT service can be provided at the outset at least, by taxicabs or limousines of existing operators or other vehicles provided by the operators.

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    • Presented at the Fifth Annual International Conference on Demand-Responsive Transportation Systems conducted by the TRB, Nov. 11-13, 1974, Oakland, Calif.; and co-sponsored by American Public Transit Association, California DOT, Alameda-Contra Costa Transit, MIT, UMTA and Technology Sharing Program of U.S. DOT. Distribution, posting, or copying of this PDF is strictly prohibited without written permission of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences. Unless otherwise indicated, all materials in this PDF are copyrighted by the National Academy of Sciences. Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.
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    • Samuels, Robert
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  • Publication Date: 1975

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  • Pagination: pp 87-91
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  • Accession Number: 00126176
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 3 1982 12:00AM