DCist: DFHV Prepares for Driverless Cars

Uber announced that it will roll out a fleet of driverless cars in Pittsburgh this summer, making it the first company to bring autonomous cars to the ride-sharing market. As Bloomberg Businessweek puts it, there is one goal: “to replace Uber’s more than 1 million human drivers with robot drivers—as quickly as possible.”

The Director’s Blog November 2016

Streamlining the Application Process

The Department of For-Hire Vehicles continues to leverage technology to benefit operators and clients. The objective is to develop efficient methods that will result in saving time and money. The agency has implemented an online process to submit One Stop Forms, apply for the Certificate of Operating Authority and receive Special Event Permits. Our Vehicle Inspection Officers now have the capability to accept electronic insurance cards as proof that an operator is in compliance with the requirement to have valid insurance. 

DFHV is reviewing new ideas, programs and technology to determine the effects on the transportation ecosystem. With increased competition that includes technology companies, auto manufacturers and private vehicle operators as well as passengers seeking better service at lower prices, the economic pressure on the for-hire vehicle industry is great. Thus, we intend to place a priority on fulfilling our objective to set a regulatory environment that promotes safety, allows for innovation, decreases the burden of regulations while ensuring compliance and encourages excellent service.

Kojo Nnamdi Show: DFHV Acting Director Chrappah

The Taxicab Commission of D.C. is no more. In its place: The Department of For-Hire Vehicles. The change goes deeper than just the name– it reflects the city’s growing demand for what the department calls “private sedans” (you know them as Uber or Lyft). Kojo explores the challenges and opportunities of regulating the quickly evolving industry with the Department’s Acting Director.

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DCInno: DFHV Acting Director Ernest Chrappah

D.C. Department of For-Hire Vehicles Chairman Ernest Chrappah has an eye for innovation in unlikely places. His vision of a nimble, tech savvy and data-centered department, inspired directly by unique mix of entrepreneurial and civic experience, helped convince Mayor Muriel Bowser appointed him to the role a little over a year ago.

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StateScoop: DFHV Uses Data Analytics to Get Smarter

As the Washington, D.C., agency in charge of regulating taxis undergoes some major changes, the Department of For-Hire Vehicles is working to use data to guide its operations and share that information with the public.

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