March 2018
Director  Ernest Chrappah
H-tags Are Available

The Department of For-Hire Vehicles is making available an additional pathway to receive an  H-tag. Drivers and companies can obtain H-tags by agreeing to participate in pilot programs, such as Microtransit, Non-Emergency Medical Transportation, Veterans Transportation, Vehicle-On-Demand, and others. The objective is to improve transportation equity for DC residents.  To learn more about this unique opportunity click  AI-2018-02 to review the Administrative Issuance (AI).

For-hire industry stakeholders should monitor the DFHV website regularly; not only to review the latest AI, but also to stay informed about relevant activities, agency services, and rulemakings  that impact your business.
Dome Light Compliance

DFHV reminds taxicab drivers to switch off the "For-Hire" light when passengers are in the vehicle. See your DTS Provider for help with using a manual switch or Bluetooth connection. DTS Providers are required to ensure proper installation of and connection with the dome or cruising light; and are subject to a $100 fine for non-compliance. Drivers face a $50 fine for the improper use of the cruising/dome light when the "For-Hire" display is not switched off while transporting passengers.

Dome Light Compliance
March for Our Lives

Be advised that many streets in Downtown DC will be closed on Saturday, March 24 because of the March For Our Lives Rally. Traffic delays should be expected. The 600-1000 blocks of D Street, SW, and the 1300-1400 blocks of New York Avenue, NW, are the designated areas to allow for-hire vehicles to drop off passengers. The District has created which has information regarding street closures, public transportation, hotels, reunification services, and bus permitting. Additionally, you can sign up for free text alerts from the District on safety, weather, traffic and transit information by texting "MARCH24" to 888-777.

March For Our Lives Street Closures
Learn To Earn

A new training module about making money in the digital age is now available through the DFHV Online Learning Portal. Drivers are advised to take advantage of this free e-learning opportunity to obtain insight about increasing revenue. As the evolution of the for-hire industry continues, new ideas are generated that can lead to more options for helping your bottom line. 
Good News

The Department of For-Hire Vehicles is committed to reducing burdens on the for-hire industry.  As part of this commitment, DFHV is providing financial relief to drivers by dismissing approximately 5,000 tickets that have been issued by uniformed officers since 2014, representing over $1,000,000 in potential fines.  If any tickets issued to you were dismissed, you will receive a postcard from the Office of Administrative Hearings listing the ticket(s) that were dismissed .
Client Services Center
DFHV has introduced  a convenient method to contact our Client Services Center through our website. You can now ask general questions pertaining to the for-hire industry online anytime by submitting your inquiry to the  Department of For-Hire Vehicles Inquiry Form . Responses will be sent within 24 hours or the next business day.  
Contact Information
All owners and operators licensed by or registered with the Department of For-Hire Vehicles are required to maintain their current contact information on file which must include a current mailing address, phone number and email address. Client Services will not conduct a transaction without verification.
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Department of For-Hire Vehicles 
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