Currently, chartered, chauffeured transportation is regulated in the state as luxury limousine service. Pursuant to rules of the public utilities commission (PUC), a luxury limousine is a stretched limousine, an executive car that is one of a list of authorized makes and models of vehicle, or an executive van. Under the PUC's rules, a luxury limousine must be 10 or fewer model years old.
Section 1 of the bill authorizes chartered, chauffeured transportation through a livery transportation authority (authority). An authority may provide service in the state if:
- The authority provides service within and between points in the counties of Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, Garfield, El Paso, Jefferson, Larimer, Pitkin, and Weld, and between those points and all points within the state;
- The authority has a fleet of at least 3 vehicles, each with a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $35,000 or more, or, if the authority is physically located in Gilpin or Pitkin county, a fleet of 2 or more such vehicles; and
- The authority applies for and obtains a permit from the PUC, pays the permit fee, and maintains sufficient insurance.
Drivers for an authority must obtain a criminal history record check, provide proof of medical fitness, and comply with hours-of-service requirements. Vehicles used by an authority must be inspected at least annually. The PUC may promulgate safety rules regarding authority service; however, the PUC shall not promulgate rules regarding the age or make and model of vehicles within an authority's fleet.
Section 2 makes a conforming amendment.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)