§ 50–301.28. Loitering of public vehicles-for-hire.
(a) No operator of a public vehicle-for-hire shall loiter around or in front of hotels, restaurants, theaters, or public buildings in the District. For the purposes of this section, the term “loitering” means the willful operation of a public vehicle-for-hire for the purpose of soliciting passengers by stopping the vehicle, or by driving at such a slow speed as may impede or block the normal and reasonable movement of traffic.
(b) It shall be unlawful for a hotel, restaurant, or theater, or keeper or proprietor or agent acting for the keeper or proprietor, of a hotel, restaurant, or theater in the District to discriminate against a District licensed taxicab operator by excluding the operator from access to a hack stand or other location where taxicabs are regularly allowed to pick up passengers on the hotel premises; provided, that a taxicab or taxicab operator that is not in compliance with taxicab vehicle safety requirements or operator requirements may be denied a passenger and reported to the DFHV.
(c) It shall be unlawful for a hotel, restaurant, or theater, or keeper or proprietor or agent acting for the keeper or proprietor of a hotel, restaurant, or theater in the District to solicit, or offer to solicit passengers on behalf of a public vehicle-for-hire operator, company, or association if the resulting trip would violate this subchapter. This subsection shall not prohibit a hotel, restaurant, or theater from entering into a written contract to provide its customers with the services of public vehicles-for-hire on a pre-arranged basis, as long as these services are provided in a manner that complies with all laws, rules, and regulations applicable to public vehicles-for-hire in the District.
(d) The DFHV shall have authority to determine, by rule, appropriate fines and penalties for violations of subsections (a), (b), and (c) of this section.