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Taxi Cab Authority

NRS 706.8818 Appointment, number, terms, qualifications and compensation of members; principal office; regulations.

  1. The Taxicab Authority, consisting of five members appointed by the Governor, is hereby created. Except as otherwise provided in NRS 232A.020, the term of each member is 3 years and no member may serve for more than 6 years. No more than three members may be members of the same political party, and no elected officer of the State or any political subdivision is eligible for appointment.
  2. Each member of the Taxicab Authority is entitled to receive a salary of not more than $80, as fixed by the Authority, for each day actually employed on work of the Authority.
  3. While engaged in the business of the Taxicab Authority, each member and employee of the Authority is entitled to receive the per diem allowance and travel expenses provided for state officers and employees generally.
  4. The Taxicab Authority shall maintain its principal office in the county or area of the State where it performs most of its regulatory activity.
  5. The Taxicab Authority may adopt appropriate regulations for the administration and enforcement of NRS 706.881 to 706.885, inclusive, and, as it may deem necessary, for the conduct of the taxicab business and for the qualifications of and the issuance of permits to taxicab drivers, not inconsistent with the provisions of NRS 706.881 to 706.885, inclusive. The regulations may include different provisions to allow for differences among the counties to which NRS 706.881 to 706.885, inclusive, apply. Local law enforcement agencies and the Nevada Highway Patrol, upon request of the Authority, may assist in enforcing the provisions of NRS 706.881 to 706.885, inclusive, and regulations adopted pursuant thereto.
  6. Except to the extent of any inconsistency with the provisions of NRS 706.881 to 706.885, inclusive, every regulation and order issued by the Nevada Transportation Authority remains effective in a county to which those sections apply until modified or rescinded by the Taxicab Authority, and must be enforced by the Taxicab Authority. (Added to NRS by 1969, 1240; A 1971, 582; 1973, 564; 1977, 100, 1264; 1979, 936; 1981, 1996, 2052; 1987, 1317; 1989, 1722; 1997, 1955; 2003, 1403)

NRS 706.88182 Adoption of regulations establishing program for transportation of elderly persons and persons with permanent disabilities.

  1. The Taxicab Authority shall adopt regulations establishing a program for the transportation by taxicab of elderly persons and persons with permanent disabilities.

  2. The program must require the Administrator to establish, maintain and make known a telephone number for elderly persons and persons with permanent disabilities to register complaints regarding transportation by taxicab.

  3. The program must require a certificate holder to inform a person who requests transportation by taxicab within the area allocated to the certificate holder and who identifies himself as an elderly person or a person with a permanent disability of the: (a) Estimated time of arrival of the requested taxicab; and (b) Telephone number maintained by the Administrator pursuant to subsection 2. (Added to NRS by 2001, 1232)

NRS 706.88185 Investigation of alleged violation; hearing; cease and desist order; enforcement of order.

  1. When the Taxicab Authority has reason to believe that any provision of NRS 706.881 to 706.885, inclusive, is being violated, the Taxicab Authority shall investigate the alleged violation. After a hearing the Taxicab Authority may issue an order requiring that the certificate holder cease and desist from any action that is in violation of NRS 706.881 to 706.885, inclusive.

  2. The Taxicab Authority shall enforce an order issued pursuant to subsection 1 in accordance with the provisions of NRS 706.881 to 706.885, inclusive. (Added to NRS by 1991, 1959)

NRS 706.8819 Hearings and final decisions; jurisdiction; appeals from final decisions.

  1. The Taxicab Authority shall conduct hearings and make final decisions in the following matters:

    (a) Applications to adjust, alter or change the rates, charges or fares for taxicab service;

    (b) Applications for certificates of public convenience and necessity to operate a taxicab service;

    (c) Applications requesting authority to transfer any existing interest in a certificate of public convenience and necessity or in a corporation that holds a certificate of public convenience and necessity to operate a taxicab business;

    (d) Applications to change the total number of allocated taxicabs in a county to which NRS 706.881 to 706.885, inclusive, apply; and appeals from final decisions of the Administrator made pursuant to NRS 706.8822.

  2. An appeal from the final decision of the Taxicab Authority must be made to the Nevada Transportation Authority. (Added to NRS by 1969, 1241; A 1977, 746; 1991, 1960; 1997, 1955) Taxicab Administrator

NRS 706.882 Appointment; classification; removal; restrictions on other employment.

  1. The Director of the Department of Business and Industry shall appoint a Taxicab Administrator from a list of three names submitted to him by the Taxicab Authority. The Administrator serves at the pleasure of the Director. The Administrator is in the unclassified service of the State.

  2. The Taxicab Authority may remove the Administrator for good cause shown.

  3. Except as otherwise provided in NRS 284.143, the Taxicab Administrator shall devote his entire time and attention to the business of his office and shall not pursue any other business or occupation or hold any other office of profit. (Added to NRS by 1969, 1240; A 1971, 582, 1444; 1979, 937; 1981, 1286; 1993, 1926; 1995, 2318) NRS 706.8821 Powers and duties; employees.

NRS 706.8821 Administrative hearings and final decisions; jurisdiction; appeals to Taxicab Authority.  The Administrator shall conduct administrative hearings and make final decisions, subject to appeal by any aggrieved party to the Taxicab Authority, in the following matters:

  1. The Administrator is responsible for the control and regulation of the taxicab industry in any county to which NRS 706.881 to 706.885, inclusive, apply and for the administration of NRS 706.881 to 706.885, inclusive.

  2. The Administrator shall appoint:

    (a) One accountant and such auditors as are necessary to enable the Administrator to perform his official functions properly; and

    (b) Such other employees as are necessary to enable the Administrator to perform his official functions properly. (Added to NRS by 1969, 1240; A 1971, 582; 1977, 747; 1991, 1960; 1993, 2542) NRS 706.8822 Administrative hearings and final decisions; jurisdiction; appeals to Taxicab Authority. The Administrator shall conduct administrative hearings and make final decisions, subject to appeal by any aggrieved party to the Taxicab Authority, in the following matters:

  3. Any violation relating to the issuance of or transfer of license plates for motor carriers required by either the Taxicab Authority or the Department of Motor Vehicles;

  4. Complaints against certificate holders;

  5. Complaints against taxicab drivers;

  6. Applications for, or suspension or revocation of, drivers’ permits which may be required by the Administrator; and

  7. Imposition of monetary penalties. (Added to NRS by 1969, 1241; A 1979, 937; 1985, 2002; 2001, 2638)

NRS 706.88235 Issuance and enforcement of subpoenas; depositions.

  1. Whenever the Taxicab Authority or the Administrator is authorized or required by law to conduct a hearing, the Administrator may issue subpoenas requiring the attendance of witnesses before the Authority or the Administrator, respectively, together with all books, memoranda, papers and other documents relative to the matters for which the hearing is called and take depositions within or without the State, as the circumstances of the case may require.

  2. The district court in and for the county in which any hearing is being conducted may compel the attendance of witnesses, the giving of testimony and the production of books and papers as required by any subpoena issued by the Administrator.

  3. In case of the refusal of any witness to attend or testify or produce any papers required by the subpoena, the Administrator may report to the district court in and for the county in which the hearing is pending by petition, setting forth: a) That due notice has been given of the time and place of attendance of the witness or the production of the books and papers;

    (b) That the witness has been subpoenaed in the manner prescribed in this section; and

    (c) That the witness has failed and refused to attend or produce the papers required by subpoena before the Taxicab Authority or the Administrator in the hearing named in the subpoena, or has refused to answer questions propounded to him in the course of the hearing, and asking an order of the court compelling the witness to attend and testify or produce the books or papers before the Authority or the Administrator.

    1. The court, upon petition of the Administrator shall enter an order directing the witness to appear before the court at a time and place to be fixed by the court in the order, the time to be not more than 10 days from the date of the order, and then and there show cause why he has not attended or testified or produced the books or papers. A certified copy of the order must be served upon the witness. If it appears to the court that the subpoena was regularly issued by the Administrator, the court may thereupon enter an order that the witness appear before the Authority or the Administrator at the time and place fixed in the order and testify or produce the required books or papers, and upon failure to obey the order the witness must be dealt with as for contempt of court. (Added to NRS by 1979, 935; A 1981, 109)

Allocation of Number of Taxicabs; Taxes; Fees

NRS 706.88237 Power of Taxicab Authority to determine circumstances requiring temporary increase in allocation and to make such allocations. The Taxicab Authority may:

  1. Determine the circumstances that require a temporary increase in the number of taxicabs allocated pursuant to NRS 706.8824; and

  2. Allocate a temporary increase in the number of taxicabs pursuant to NRS 706.88245 when the circumstances require the increase. (Added to NRS by 1991, 1960)

NRS 706.8824 Allocation of number of taxicabs by Taxicab Authority: Factors for determination; limitations; annual review.

  1. In determining whether circumstances require the establishment of a system of allocations or a change in existing allocations, the Taxicab Authority shall consider the interests, welfare, convenience, necessity and well-being of the customers of taxicabs.

  2. Whenever circumstances require the establishment of a system of allocations, the Taxicab Authority shall allocate the number of taxicabs among the certificate holders in the county in a manner which reflects the number of taxicabs operated by each certificate holder during the 5 years immediately preceding the date of establishment of the Taxicab Authority in the county.

  3. Whenever circumstances require an increase in the existing allocations, the Taxicab Authority shall allocate the additional taxicabs equally among all the certificate holders who apply from the area to be affected by the allocation.

  4. Unless a certificate holder puts the additionally allocated taxicabs into service within 30 days after the effective date of the increased allocation, the increased allocation to that certificate holder is void.

  5. The Taxicab Authority may attach to the exercise of the rights granted by the allocation any terms and conditions which in its judgment the public interest may require. The Taxicab Authority may limit: (a) The geographical area from which service is offered or provided. (b) The hours of service. Such a limitation must not reduce hours of service to less than 12 consecutive hours in a 24-hour period.

    • If a limitation is placed on an allocation, taxicabs must be marked in a distinctive manner that indicates the limitation.
  6. The Taxicab Authority shall review annually: (a) The existing allocation of taxicabs; and (b) The rates, charges or fares of the certificate holders in its jurisdiction. (Added to NRS by 1969, 1241; A 1977, 747; 1981, 2053; 1983, 1031; 1987, 937; 1991, 1961)

NRS 706.88245 Temporary increase in allocation of number of taxicabs by Taxicab Authority; factors for determination; regulations.

  1. In determining whether circumstances require a temporary increase in the number of taxicabs allocated pursuant to NRS 706.8824, the Taxicab Authority shall consider the interests, welfare, convenience, necessity and well-being of the customers of taxicabs.

  2. Whenever circumstances require a temporary increase in the number of taxicabs allocated pursuant to NRS 706.8824, the Taxicab Authority shall allocate the temporary increase equally among the certificate holders in the area to be affected by the allocation.

  3. The Taxicab Authority shall determine: (a) The number of additional taxicabs to be allocated; (b) The hours of operation of the additional taxicabs; and (c) The duration of the temporary allocation.

  4. The Taxicab Authority may adopt regulations governing temporary increases in the allocation of taxicabs pursuant to this section. (Added to NRS by 1991, 1959)

NRS 706.8825 Taxicab Authority Fund: Creation; deposits; use; petty cash account.

  1. All fees collected pursuant to NRS 706.881 to 706.885, inclusive, must be deposited by the Administrator to the credit of the Taxicab Authority Fund, which is hereby created as a special revenue fund. The transactions for each county subject to those sections must be accounted for separately within the Fund.

  2. The interest and income earned on the money in the Fund, after deducting any applicable charges, must be credited to the Fund.

  3. The revenues received pursuant to subsection 1 of NRS 706.8826 are hereby appropriated to defray the cost of regulating taxicabs in the county or the city, respectively, making the deposit under that subsection.

  4. The fees received pursuant to subsection 3 of NRS 706.8826, NRS 706.8827, 706.8841, 706.8848, 706.8849 and 706.885 are hereby appropriated to defray the cost of regulating taxicabs in the county in which the certificate holder operates a taxicab business.

  5. Any balance remaining in the Fund does not revert to the State General Fund. The Administrator may transfer to the Aging Services Division of the Department of Health and Human Services any balance over $200,000 and any interest earned on the Fund, within the limits of legislative authorization for each fiscal year, to subsidize transportation for elderly persons and persons with permanent disabilities in taxicabs. The money transferred to the Aging Services Division must be administered in accordance with regulations adopted by the Administrator of the Aging Services Division pursuant to NRS 427A.070.

  6. The Administrator may establish an account for petty cash not to exceed $2,000 for the support of undercover investigation, and if the account is created, the Administrator shall reimburse the account from the Taxicab Authority Fund in the same manner as other claims against the State are paid. (Added to NRS by 1969, 1241; A 1977, 747; 1981, 2053; 1983, 648, 1590; 1987, 938; 1989, 1066, 1786; 1991, 1961; 1995, 852; 2001, 2930; 2003, 1404)

NRS 706.8826 Revenue of city and county received from taxes imposed on businesses operating taxicabs payable to State; fees payable to State by holder of certificate for allocated taxicab.

  1. The board of county commissioners of any county in which there is in effect an order for the allocation of taxicabs from a taxicab authority, and the governing body of each city within any such county, shall deposit to the credit of the Taxicab Authority Fund all of the tax revenue which is received from the taxicab business operating in the county and city, respectively.

  2. For the purpose of calculating the amount due to the State under subsection 1, the tax revenue of a county does not include any amount which represents a payment for the use of county facilities or property.

  3. Any certificate holder who is subject to an order of allocation by the Taxicab Authority shall pay to the Taxicab Authority $100 per year for each taxicab that the Taxicab Authority has allocated to the certificate holder and a fee set by the Taxicab Authority that must not exceed 20 cents per trip for each compensable trip of each of those taxicabs, which may be added to the meter charge. The money so received by the Taxicab Authority must be deposited in the State Treasury to the credit of the Taxicab Authority Fund. (Added to NRS by 1969, 1241; A 1971, 583; 1977, 748; 1979, 937; 1987, 938; 1989, 1066; 2001, 2930; 2003, 1404)

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