The Taxi Paratransit Association of California (TPAC) filed an application for a re-hearing of the September 23, 2013 Decision by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). This Decision authorized a new form of commercial passenger transportation which would not require commercial vehicles or the adherence to other regulations or insurance requirements that currently regulated taxicabs must.
TPAC cites numerous procedural omissions by the CPUC in rendering this Decision, such as non-compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The Decision also violates the Equal Protection Clauses of the U.S. and California Constitutions as it allows unfair competition. The CPUC’s Decision creates a new class of de facto taxi transportation, competing for the same customers and providing the same service, but with less restrictions than existing regulated taxicabs.