Terms used in these rules have the following meaning:
(1) "Certificate" means a certificate issued
by the Department of Public Safety, whether interim or permanent.
(2) "Chauffeur" means any person who meets
the qualifications as prescribed in O.C.G.A. §§
and who is authorized by the Department of Driver Services to operate a
(3) "DPS" means the
Georgia Department of Public Safety.
(4) "Department" means the Department of
(5) "For hire"
means to operate a motor vehicle in this state for the purpose of transporting
passengers for compensation or donation as a limousine carrier, ride share
network or driver, or taxi service.
(6) "For-hire license endorsement" means an
endorsement to a driver's license pursuant to O.C.G.A. §
that authorizes the holder of the license to operate a motor vehicle for the
purpose of transporting passengers in this state for compensation or donation
as a limousine carrier, ride share network or driver, or taxi
(7) "Limousine" means any
motor vehicle that meets the definition set forth in O.C.G.A. §
(8) "Limousine carrier" means any person
operating a service regularly rendered to the public by furnishing
transportation for hire, not over fixed routes, by means of limousines, or
extended limousines, on the basis of telephone contract or written
(9) "Private Background
Check" means a local and national criminal background check conducted by the
taxi service, limousine carrier, or ride share network service that employs
such driver which shall include a review of driving history, search of the
national sex offender registry database, and search of criminal
(10) "Ride Share Driver"
means an individual who uses his or her personal passenger car, as defined in
to provide transportation for passengers arranged through a ride share network
(11) "Ride Share Network
Service" means any person or entity that uses a digital network or internet
network to connect passengers to ride share drivers for the purposes of
prearranged transportation for hire or for donation. This term shall not
include any corporate sponsored vanpool or exempt ride share as such terms are
defined in O.C.G.A. §
provided that such corporate sponsored vanpool or exempt ride share is not
operated for the purposes of generating a profit.
(12) "Taxi Service" means any taxicab company
or provider which utilizes a motor vehicle or similar vehicle, device, machine,
or conveyance to transport passengers; uses a taximeter; and is registered with
the Department of Public Safety and, if applicable, is authorized to provide
taxicab services pursuant to an ordinance of a local government of this
(13) "Taxi Driver" means an
individual who is authorized to operate a taxicab for the purpose of carrying
or transporting passengers.