NEW ORLEANS, LA—The International Association of Transportation Regulators (IATR) named City of New Orleans and Taxicab and For Hire Bureau Director Malachi Hull, 2012 Regulator of the Year at its annual conference last week.
The IATR Regulator of the Year Award recognizes the exceptional achievements of a regulator whose jurisdiction has shown distinctive and effective leadership in regulating the for-hire ground transportation sector. The award recognizes the regulator's contribution to administrative and enforcement excellence as well as service reform and technology innovation.
“Malachi has led our charge to bring safe, reliable and predictable ground transportation to our city,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “We are very proud that the IATR has recognized our hard work.”
"On behalf of the IATR Board of Directors and regulators around the world, we are proud and honored to confer upon Malachi Hull, Mayor Landrieu and the City of New Orleans the first-ever International Regulator of the Year Award. This award is granted to Malachi by his peers in recognition for significant reform efforts to turnaround the taxi and limousine industry,” said Matthew W. Daus, IATR President.
In June of 2011, Mayor Mitch Landrieu appointed Malachi S. Hull to serve as Director for the City of New Orleans’ Department of Safety and Permits Taxicab and For Hire Vehicle Bureau. Hull is responsible for the oversight of over 3100 vehicles, 92 for hire companies, and 555 tour guides. In addition, Mr. Hull permits and monitors 12 satellite brake tag inspection stations responsible for ensuring vehicle safety for all personally owned, private, and commercial vehicles registered in the City of New Orleans.
“We are proud of Malachi for being a leader in reform and innovation,” said Deputy Mayor for Operations Michelle L. Thomas. “Because of his diligence and dedication we have been able to transform one of the most important industries in our city.”
"I'm humbled and honored to be recognized by my peers, from around the world, as Regulator of the Year, “said Malachi Hull. “This recognition affirms that New Orleans is on the right track to having the best for hire industry in the world."
In April 2012, the New Orleans City Council adopted reforms of the taxicab industry, recommended by the Landrieu Administration and Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer. The sweeping changes improved vehicle standards, creating accessible taxis for those with disabilities, improving driver and CPNC holder standards, improving industry and permitting regulations, and implementing tough rules governing the Taxicab and For Hire Vehicle Bureau.
IATR is a peer group of taxi, limousine and for-hire transportation regulators dedicated to improving the practice of licensing, enforcement and administration of for-hire transportation through the sharing of information and resources.