Senate BillNo. 1399

Introduced by Senator Hueso

February 19, 2016

An act to amend Section 5386.5 of the Public Utilities Code, relating to transportation.


SB 1399, as introduced, Hueso. Charter-party carriers of passengers: advertisement as taxicabs.

The Passenger Charter-party Carriers Act requires a charter-party carrier of passengers, as defined, to obtain a certificate of public convenience and necessity or a permit issued by the Public Utilities Commission, and to operate within the state on a prearranged basis. The act prohibits a charter-party carrier of passengers from advertising or otherwise representing their services to the public, as a taxicab or taxi service, and defines “advertise” to include, among other things, any business card, stationery, or printed or published paid advertisement in any media form. A violation of the act is a crime.

This bill would specifically include the use of any Internet Web site or any online-enabled application or platform within this prohibition.

To the extent the bill would expand the taxi advertisement prohibition, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program by expanding the application of an existing crime.

The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.

This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: yes.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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Section 5386.5 of the Public Utilities Code is
2amended to read:



begin deleteNo end deletebegin insertA end insertcharter-party carrier of passengers shallbegin insert notend insert
4 advertise its services, or in any manner represent its services, as
5being a taxicab or taxi service. Forbegin delete theend delete purposes of this section,
6“advertise” includesbegin insert the use ofend insert any business card, stationery,
7brochure, flyer, circular, newsletter, fax form, printed or published
8paid advertisement in any media form,begin delete orend delete telephone bookbegin delete listing.end delete
9begin insert listing, Internet Web site, orend insertbegin insert online-enabled application (App) or
10platform.end insert


SEC. 2.  

No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to
12Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because
13the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school
14district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or
15infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty
16for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of
17the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within
18the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California