To further develop standards and policies related to the regulation of taximeters in the U.S.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently formed a working group to develop proposals to revise the current Taximeters Code in NIST Handbook 44 (HB 44), Specifications, Tolerances, and Other Technical Requirements for Weighing and Measuring Devices. The newly-formed U.S. National Work Group on Taximeters (USNWG) held its first meeting via web-conference on May 23, 2012. This initial meeting served as an orientation for the working group and the group’s objectives and work plan were presented to members. The participants of the conference were also informed that a subsequent meeting in September 2012 is planned and that the many technical issues facing the working group will be discussed at that time.
The meeting scheduled for this September will be a face-to-face meeting held at the NIST Gaithersburg campus on September 24 – 26, 2012.
The agenda for this meeting includes:
- Proposed revisions to the current NIST Handbook 44 Taximeters Code. The USNWG will further develop the work initiated by of a small group of regulatory personnel and NIST Technical Advisors that met In August 2011 to consider the challenges facing the regulatory community that are encountered with the evaluation of current technology used in taximeter systems. Existing standards have been out-paced by technological advances that include the use of software-based equipment and systems recently introduced into this industry. Officials who are responsible for the regulation of these transportation services are expressing the need for standards and policies that encompass the use of these types of enhanced systems. Proposed changes to the existing Taximeters Code that are agreed upon by the USNWG will be developed into formal proposals to be submitted to the National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) for consideration.
- Evaluation methods and policies to apply to transportation systems using emerging technologies. The group will devote a portion of the meeting to discussion of issues associated with emerging technologies that are being employed in the taxi and limousine industry such as the use of navigational satellite systems (GPS). These types of systems are being incorporated into taxi and limousine services while a lack of sufficient standards does not support effective regulation of their use. This work is critical to ensure that the prescribed methodologies and standards used to assess charges based on time and/or distance facilitate measurements that are traceable to the International System of Units (SI). The formation of the USNWG is intended to bring together government officials and representatives of business, industry, trade associations, and consumer organizations on the subject of standards and test procedures used in the testing of commercial measuring devices and systems by regulatory officials and service companies. NIST participates to promote uniformity among the states in laws, regulations, methods, and testing equipment that comprises the regulatory control of commercial weighing and measuring devices and systems and other trade and commerce issues.
Pre-registration is required.
Valid government issued photo ID needed to access the NIST campus.
NIST Office of Weights and Measures
100 Bureau Dr. MS 2600
Gaithersburg, MD. 20899 301-975-4002
Start Date: Monday, September 24, 2012
End Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Location: Bldg. 101, Lecture Room E
Audience: Industry, Government, Other
NIST Office of Weights and Measures
Mr. John Barton,
NIST, Office of Weights and Measures,
100 Bureau Drive, Stop 2600,
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-2600.
Phone: (301) 975-4002
The Work Group meetings are open to the public; registration is required; please contact Mr. Barton for information on upcoming meetings.