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Plenary Session 4b: COVID-19 Regulatory Practices & Model Regulations

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COVID-19 Regulatory Practices & Model Regulations

The IATR’s most recent project, IATR Regulatory Practices and Model Regulations for COVID-19 Health, Safety & Resiliency, will address scenarios that create contingency plans for future crises and prepare the industry for a possible second wave of COVID-19, should that present itself. The model pandemic regulations will discuss the potential long-term implications of current regulations, and adapt them to present a plan that addresses the needs of all industry operators in the short- and long-term. The subject matter includes:

• Vehicle Cleaning and Disinfection • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Drivers and Passengers • Maintaining Distance Between Drivers and Passengers (Social Distancing, Group Rides) • Vehicle Partitions • COVID-19 Testing and Symptom Screening • Accessibility (Paratransit and Non-Emergency Medical Transport) • Agency Operations • Industry Aid and Relief • Governance and Communication • Regulation of Specialty Modes (Food/Package Delivery, School Bus, Micro-Mobility – shared e-scooters, bikes, and mopeds) • Collaboration, Research, and Coordination

Mandates, guidance, and other safety and health regulations, consistent with the IATR’s revised mission statement of “Multi-Modal Mobility Innovation for All” will cover all transportation modes, including taxicabs, limousines, Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), buses and motor coaches, school buses, public paratransit and Non-Emergency Medical Transport (NEMT), micro-mobility (bike and e-scooter share, tuk-tuks and e-mopeds), and specialized topics such as airport ground transport and nightlife transportation. This international public hearing will commence with a presentation by the IATR’s COVID-19 Task Force, which will cover the results of an international regulator survey on best practices, a review of the proposed model regulations, as well as a summary of the written comments received from the public and the extension committee (IATR Advisory Board members). Following this presentation, scheduled live testimony from pre-registered stakeholders will be heard, and public hearing attendees can submit live comments and questions through the Zoom chat feature, and after the pre-registered speakers testify.

Moderator: Matthew W. Daus, Esq., IATR President

• Rupal Bapat, IATR Accessible Transport Committee Co-Chair, Chicago BACP • David Do, IATR Technology & Innovation Committee Chair, Washington D.C. DFHV • Isabelle Ducharme, IATR Accessible Transport Committee Co-Chair, Kéroul • Bill Gonis, IATR Australian Regulators Committee Co-Chair, Australian PTA • Terry Mercer, IATR TNC Regulators Committee Chair, Rhode Island DPUC • Karl Mortimer, IATR Australian Regulators Committee Co-Chair, Australian DIT • Carlton Thomas, IATR Board Chair, City of Austin Intl. Airport • Sylvain Tousignant, IATR Canadian Regulators Committee Chair, Montréal Taxi Bureau

Featured Speakers & Testimony: • Elia Ferrer Travé, Free-Now • Lidia Signor, International Association of Public Transport (UITP) • Arthur Guzzetti, American Public Transportation Association (APTA) • Ray A. Mundy, Airport Ground Transportation Assn. (AGTA)

Link to Model Regulations: If you are interested in testifying, please email for more info on how to register.

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Matthew W. Daus Esq.

Matthew W. Daus, Esq. currently serves as Transportation Technology Chair at the City University of New York’s (CUNY) Transportation Research Center of The City College of New York, where he conducts research, and continues to be extensively published as an expert on ground transportation regulation and technology. As a CUNY Distinguished Lecturer for the past 9 years, he taught courses on transportation history, policy, sustainability, for-hire regulation and technology.

David Do

David Do is a seasoned community advocate and a champion for neighborhood engagement. David most recently served as the Director of the DC Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (MOAPIA), a role he held for more than 3 years. Before that, David served in the Executive Office of the Mayor (EOM) of Washington, DC during the administrations of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Mayor Vincent C. Gray. He also worked with various community-based organizations to promote capital improvement grants during his previous tenure at the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED). During his time within EOM and DMPED, David developed a unique understanding of the District of Columbia and its most pressing issues. As Interim Director, David is committed to a thriving for-hire market that supports the Mayor’s Vision Zero plan.

Lidia Signor

Lidia Signor works at the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) and is based in Brussels, from where she manages the activities of the Combined Mobility Committee as well as the Taxi & Ride-Hailing Committee, both composed of members of UITP from all over the world.

Carlton Thomas

Carlton started his career in the Transportation field in 1988 with the City of Baton Rouge (La.) Public Works Department. After working nearly 20 years with the Austin Transportation Department, he recently landed with the City of Austin’s Aviation Department as the Airport Landside Operations Manager.

Sean Frisky

Sean Frisky ​is the President/CEO of Ground Effects Environmental Services, Inc. 1994 - 2000 University of Regina in Environmental Engineering.

Terry Mercer

Terry Mercer has served as the Associate Administrator for Motor Carriers at the Rhode Island Division of Public Utilities and Carriers (DPUC) for the past 15 years. He coordinates the state’s regulatory oversight of intrastate for-hire transportation for both passengers and property, including taxicabs, jitneys, livery cars, Transportation Network Companies, towing companies, household good movers, ferry companies, and all other manner of for-hire property transportation.

Ray A. Mundy

Ray A. Mundy, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Airport Ground Transportation (AGTA), Professor Emeritus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Director Emeritus from the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Sylvain Tousignant

With more than 20 years of experience in change management, sales and public service, Sylvain Tousignant oversees Montréal taxis industry‘s revitalization and development strategies. He works closely with Montreal city stakeholders, prominent industry partners, different levels of government along with regional tourism associations to establish and strengthen Montréal taxi industry attractiveness.

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