2016 Delaware Code
Title 2 - Transportation
CHAPTER 18. PUBLIC CARRIER
§ 1801. Definitions.

2 DE Code § 1801 (2016) What's This?

As used in this chapter:

(1) "Department" means the Delaware Department of Transportation.

(2) "Secretary" means the Secretary of the Department of Transportation.

(3) "Authority" shall mean the Transportation Authority.

(4) [Repealed.]

(5) "Public carrier" includes every individual, partnership, association, corporation, joint stock company, agency or department of this State, or any association of individuals engaged in the prosecution in common of a productive enterprise (commonly called a "cooperative"), their lessees, trustees or receivers appointed by any court whatsoever, that now operates or hereafter may operate, within this State, any railroad, street railway, traction railway, taxicab, limousine, motor bus or electric trackless trolley coach service, system, plan or equipment for public use other than transportation authorities created pursuant to Chapter 13 of this title.

(6) "Railroad" means a road, the cars, carriages and coaches on which are propelled by steam power, electricity, cable, motor or any improved motive power.

(7) "Limousine service" means the providing of transportation of passengers for hire with a driver by a limousine as defined in subdivision (13) of this section where at least 1 of the 2 termini is fixed.

(8) "Intrastate public carrier business" means all that portion of the business of a public carrier which is carried on in this State and over which the Department has jurisdiction under this chapter.

(9) "Gross revenue" means all revenue which (i) is collected by a public carrier subject to regulation by the Department; and (ii) is derived from the intrastate public carrier business of such a carrier, except, however, that "gross revenue" of a public carrier operating by leasing all or part of its vehicles to nonemployee independent contractor drivers as authorized under this chapter shall mean as to such leased vehicles all revenue which (i) is collected from the nonemployee independent contractor lessees operating vehicles under such public carrier's certificate of public convenience and necessity; and (ii) is derived from the intrastate public carrier business of such a carrier.

(10) "Charter bus" means a motor vehicle having a passenger capacity of 16 persons or more, including the driver, which bus is used exclusively for hire or lease.

(11) "Public use" means service provided in exchange for a fee or charge, regardless of whether the operator intends to make a profit, offered by any railroad, street railway, traction railway, taxicab, motor bus, electric trolley coach or limousine service, system or plant by any individual or group for any purpose except: (i) transportation to and from any school or school-sponsored event when such transportation is under the regulation of the Department of Education; and (ii) transportation to and from nonschool related events by school bus operators under the regulation of the Department of Education, where such nonschool related transportation is a de minimis portion of the carrier's operation; and (iii) transportation to and from a church, synagogue or other place of worship; and (iv) shuttle-type transportation provided by business establishments without charge to customers of the businesses offering such shuttle transportation between fixed termini.

(12) "Taxicab" means any self-propelled motor vehicle equipped with a taxi meter having a passenger capacity of up to 7 persons, including the driver, engaged in the transportation for hire of persons and their accompanying property, or of small packages on isolated occasions and not as part of regular operations, over irregular routes between termini which are not fixed; provided, however, that the utilization of taxicab stands or holding points shall not constitute fixed termini, and excluding, however, carpools, vanpools and public agency vehicles not operated as a commercial venture, and ambulances, vehicles used exclusively for the transportation of decedents and persons participating in funeral services, vehicles used solely to provide free transportation services for customers of the business establishment operating said vehicles, and rental or leased vehicles which rental or lease does not include a driver; provided, however, that no motor vehicle excluded under this definition shall be used on a for-hire basis with a driver except as authorized by this chapter.

(13) "Limousine" is a self-propelled motor vehicle having a passenger capacity of 15 persons or less, including the driver, engaged in the transportation for hire of persons and their accompanying property over regular or irregular routes between 2 termini at least 1 of which is fixed and which motor vehicle is not equipped with a taxi meter as a means of computing the rate, fare or compensation to be charged for such transportation, but excluding, however, carpools, vanpools and public agency vehicles not operated as a commercial venture, and ambulances, vehicles used exclusively for the transportation of decedents and persons participating in funeral services, vehicles used solely to provide free transportation services for customers of the business establishment operating said vehicles and rental or leased vehicles which rental or lease does not include a driver; provided, however, that no motor vehicle excluded under this definition shall be used on a for-hire basis with a driver except as authorized by this chapter.

(14) "Council" means the Council on Transportation.

(15) "Fixed-route carrier" means a transportation provider which uses a self-propelled vehicle having a passenger capacity exclusive of the driver of 10 persons or more and which transports persons and their property over regular routes between termini that are fixed and cannot be altered without the advance, written approval of the Authority.

(16) "Stretcher van" means a vehicle staffed by both a driver and attendant, which is specifically designed and equipped to provide nonemergency transportation of individuals on a stretcher. A stretcher van is used for an individual who:

a. Needs routine transportation to or from a nonemergency medical appointment or service;

b. Is convalescent or otherwise nonambulatory and cannot use a wheelchair; and

c. Does not require medical monitoring, medical aid, medical care, or medical treatment during transport.

60 Del. Laws, c. 503, § 11; 62 Del. Laws, c. 125, §§ 1-4; 68 Del. Laws, c. 255, §§ 1, 3-7; 69 Del. Laws, c. 435, § 34; 73 Del. Laws, c. 65, § 4; 77 Del. Laws, c. 141, §§ 1-3; 78 Del. Laws, c. 93, § 1; 80 Del. Laws, c. 68, § 1.;

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