Operating a Vehicle for Hire without License - AC 19-506(b)

Here is the text of this offense:

§ 19-506. b. 1. Any person who shall permit another to operate or who shall knowingly operate or offer to operate for hire any vehicle as a taxicab, coach, wheelchair accessible van or for-hire vehicle in the city, without first having obtained an appropriate license therefor, shall be guilty of a violation hereof, and upon conviction in the criminal court shall be punished by a fine of not less than four hundred dollars or more than one thousand dollars or imprisonment for not more than sixty days, or both such fine and imprisonment.

Discussion

This offense, a misdemeanor criminal charge, given the 60 day potential jail sentence, generally applies when the police believe that a person is operating as a taxi cab without an appropriate license from the Taxi and Limousine Commission.

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