Sparks City Council Meeting - Amended 10/27/2014 2:00:00 PMMonday, October 27, 2014 2:00 PM
Council Chambers, Legislative Bldg., 745 4th St., Sparks
Public Hearing and Action Items Unrelated to Planning and Zoning: 10.1
A Business Impact Statement is not required because this is not a rule.
Repeals requirement that taxicab drivers obtain a chauffer’s work permit from the Sparks Police Department.
The Sparks Police Department has been regulating taxicab drivers for decades, requiring that such drivers undergo an investigation and obtain a chauffer’s work permit. The 2013 Nevada Legislature passed SB210, which was signed into law by Governor Sandoval, and which placed the licensing of taxicab drivers under the regulatory authority of the Nevada Transportation Authority (“NTA”). The new law requires taxicab drivers in Washoe County to obtain a driver’s permit from the NTA, rendering the City’s requirement for a chauffer’s work permit redundant. Due to the NTA’s broad authority, there is no longer any reason for the City to regulate taxicab drivers.
The elimination of the chauffer’s work permit will reduce the administrative burden at the police department, as well as the number of appeals to the work card review board. Taxicab drivers will now be regulated by the State agency.
The “do nothing” alternative is not realistic and would perpetuate an unnecessary dual licensing of taxicab drivers. Also, it appears that the new legislation is intended to allow the State of Nevada to “occupy the field” of taxicab driver licensing, thereby arguably preempting the City’s inherent power to regulate business within the City. Therefore, it is likely that continued licensing of taxicab drivers by the City would be declared invalid by the Courts. The alternative of approving the ordinance, and thereby eliminating the requirement that taxicab drivers obtain a license from the City, is the preferred alternative.
I move that Bill No. 2685 be approved and adopted.