Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) and Dulles International Airport (IAD) may soon allow ride hailing services such as Uber, Lyft, Sidecar and Limousines to pick up and drop off passengers the same as taxis. However, they would be required to pay a $5.00 fee each time a driver picks up or drops off a passenger. This may escalate an already heated battle between taxi drivers/companies versus the Uber/Lyft/Sidecar drivers/company.
The following Public Notice was issued by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) which is the overseeing body for both DCA and IAD:
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that pursuant to Va. Code 5.1-157 and D.C. Code 9-906, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) is considering the adoption of proposed amendments to Part 5 of its Regulations which apply to Ronald Reagan Washington National and Washington Dulles International Airports.
The proposed amendments address two forms of ground transportation at the Airports which, to date, have not been directly subject to the MWAA Regulations: the provision of transportation services by “limousines,” and the provision of transportation services by “transportation network companies” (such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar). The proposed amendments also modify the current Regulations which address the provision of transportation services at the Airports by “taxicabs.”
Limousines and Transportation Network Companies. Under the proposed amendments, an operator of a “limousine” or a “transportation network company” would be:
- allowed to drop off and pick up passengers at an Airport only with a permit from, or a contract with, MWAA;
- required to pay a fee of $5.00 each time the operator drops off or picks up a passenger at an Airport and other fees;
- permitted to pick up passengers at an Airport only if the trip is “pre-arranged” before the operator enters the Airport or while the operator is present in an area on the Airport designated by MWAA;
- prohibited from dropping off or picking up passengers at an Airport except at locations designated by MWAA;
- prohibited from soliciting passengers at an Airport;
- subject to administrative fines for violations of a permit; and
- subject to criminal fines for transporting passengers for compensation on an Airport without an MWAA permit or contract, and for other defined conduct.
Taxicabs. Under the proposed amendments, operators of “taxicabs” who wish to participate in the taxicab dispatch system at Reagan National Airport would, as under the current Regulations, be required to obtain a permit from MWAA. However, the proposed amendments would modify the current Regulations to allow the Airport Manager at Reagan National to suspend the issuance of new permits when the manager determines there not to be a need for additional taxicab operators in the system.
Under the proposed amendments, the Airport Manager would be able to set administrative fines for violations of permit conditions, and the MWAA President would be able to adjust the level of permit fees after giving notice to permit holders.
The prior paragraphs contain a brief summary of part of the proposed amendments to the MWAA Regulations. For individuals wishing to review the proposed amendments, the complete text of the amendments is available by clicking here. In addition, a copy of the proposed amendments can be obtained by calling the MWAA Office of General Counsel (703-417-8615).
Public Hearings. MWAA will hold public hearings on these proposed amendments to its Regulations at the Airports, as follows:
On Tuesday, June 9, 2015, a hearing will be held at Dulles International Airport in Conference Rooms A and B, across from Baggage Claim #2, at the east end of the lower level of the Airport’s main terminal. The hearing will consist of two sessions: one will begin at 12:00 noon and another will begin at 7:00 p.m.
On Wednesday, June 10, 2015, a hearing will be held at Reagan National Airport in the Historic Hall in Terminal A. This hearing also will consist of two sessions: one will begin at 12:00 noon and another will begin at 7:00 p.m.
Any person may appear at these hearings and speak for or against the adoption of these proposed amendments. Speakers will be asked to limit their remarks to five minutes.
Opportunity to Submit Written Comments. Any person may submit written comments on the proposed amendments by sending comments to the following address:
Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
Office of the General Counsel
1 Aviation Circle
Washington, D.C. 20001-6000
or e-mailing them to AuthorityRegulations@mwaa.com. Written comments must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., June 22, 2015, in order to be considered by MWAA.
Final action on the proposed amendments may be taken only by the MWAA Board of Directors.