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October 28, 2020, 01:30 PM

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

A session by Rupal Bapat, Matthew W. Daus Esq., David Do, Isabelle Ducharme, Elia Ferrer Travé, Lidia Signor, Carlton Thomas, To Be Announced, Sean Frisky, Arthur Guzzetti, Allison Harnden, Terry Mercer, Ray A. Mundy, Bradford Sayler and Sylvain Tousignant
Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP), IATR, D.C. Department of For-Hire Vehicles, Kéroul, FREE NOW, UITP, Airport Landside Operations Manager, Sanozone, American Public Transportation Association (APTA), City of Pittsburgh, Rhode Island Division of Public Utilities and Carriers (DPUC), Airport Ground Transportation Assn. (AGTA), PlayOctopus & Bureau du Taxi de Montreal

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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Categories covered


  • DRAFT Model Regulation for COVID-19 Paper
  • IATR 2020 - Model Reg Presentation Slides

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