TDLR Seeks Comments on
Transportation Network Company Rules

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) recently proposed rules regarding transportation network companies, such as Uber and Lyft. The proposed rules implement House Bill 100, passed during the 2017 regular legislative session, which establishes Chapter 2402 of the Texas Occupations Code.

While House Bill 100 transfers the power to regulate Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) almost exclusively to the State of Texas, it does leave some regulatory authority with airport owners/operators and governmental entities with jurisdiction over cruise ship terminals.

Thus, cities with airports and cruise ship terminals should take a particularly close look at the proposed rules, including the sections regarding:

  1. the fee that may be imposed on TNCs operating at an airport or cruise ship terminal;
  2. the time in which a TNC permit holder must notify a city that it is operating at an airport or cruise ship terminal; and
  3. TDLR’s ability to impose administrative sanctions in relation to a city’s airport or cruise ship terminal regulations.

Comments on the proposed rules are due by October 15, 2017, and may be submitted: (1) by mail to Pauline Easley, Legal Assistant, General Counsel’s Office, Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, P.O. Box 12157, Austin, Texas 78711; (2) by facsimile to (512) 475-3032; or (3) electronically to erule.comments@tdlr.texas.gov

TML member cities may use the material herein for any purpose. No other person or entity may reproduce, duplicate, or distribute any part of this document without the written authorization of the Texas Municipal League. 

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