Code of the District of Columbia

Chapter 37A. Offenses Committed Against Taxicab Drivers and Certain Transit Workers.


§ 22–3751. Enhanced penalties for offenses committed against taxicab drivers.

Any person who commits an offense listed in § 22-3752 against a taxicab driver who, at the time of the offense, has a current license to operate a taxicab in the District of Columbia or any United States jurisdiction and is operating a taxicab in the District of Columbia may be punished by a fine of up to one and 1 /2 times the maximum fine otherwise authorized for the offense and may be imprisoned for a term of up to one and 1 /2 times the maximum term of imprisonment otherwise authorized for the offense, or both.


(June 9, 2001, D.C. Law 13-307, § 2, 48 DCR 600; July 23, 2008, D.C. Law 17-206, § 2(a), 55 DCR 5168.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 22-3752.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 17-206, in the section name line, inserted “for offenses committed against taxicab drivers”; and substituted “operating” for “lawfully operating”.


§ 22–3751.01. Enhanced penalties for offenses committed against transit operators and Metrorail station managers.

(a) Any person who commits an offense enumerated in § 22-3752 against a transit operator, who, at the time of the offense, is authorized to operate and is operating a mass transit vehicle in the District of Columbia, or against Metrorail station manager while on duty in the District of Columbia, may be punished by a fine of up to one and 1/2 times the maximum fine otherwise authorized for the offense and may be imprisoned for a term of up to one and 1/2 times the maximum term of imprisonment otherwise authorized by the offense, or both.

(b) For the purposes of this section, the term:

(1) “Mass transit vehicle” means any publicly or privately owned or operated commercial vehicle for the carriage of 6 or more passengers, including any Metrobus, Metrorail, Metroaccess, or DC Circulator vehicle or other bus, trolley, or van operating within the District of Columbia.

(2) “Metrorail station manager” means any Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority employee who is assigned to supervise a Metrorail station from a kiosk at that station.

(3) “Transit operator” means a person who is licensed to operate a mass transit vehicle.


(June 9, 2001, D.C. Law 13-307, § 2a; as added July 23, 2008, D.C. Law 17-206, § 2(b), 55 DCR 5168.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 22-3752 and § 35-261.


§ 22–3752. Enumerated offenses.

The provisions of §§ 22-3751 and 22-3751.01 shall apply to the following offenses or any attempt or conspiracy to commit any of the following offenses: murder, manslaughter, aggravated assault, assault with a dangerous weapon, mayhem or maliciously disfiguring, threats to do bodily harm, first degree sexual abuse, second degree sexual abuse, third degree sexual abuse, fourth degree sexual abuse, misdemeanor sexual abuse, robbery, carjacking, and kidnapping.


(June 9, 2001, D.C. Law 13-307, § 3, 48 DCR 600; July 23, 2008, D.C. Law 17-206, § 2(c), 55 DCR 5168.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 22-3751 and § 22-3751.01.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 17-206 rewrote the section which had read as follows: “The provisions of § 22-3751 shall apply to the following offenses: taking property from another by force or by threat of force, murder, attempted murder, first degree sexual abuse, second degree sexual abuse, attempted rape, carjacking, kidnapping, robbery, attempted robbery, assault with a dangerous weapon, and aggravated assault.”