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United States Capitol Police

Protect and Secure Congress


January 16, 2015
Press Release
United States Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine
119 D Street, NE  
Washington, D.C. 20510 January 16, 2015
(202) 224-1677

WASHINGTON, DC - On December 17, 2014, the Capitol Police Board amended the Capitol Traffic Regulations (CTR) to include changes involving public or private vehicles-for-hire, such as Uber and Lyft, updated bicycle-related sections, rectified certain administrative matters, and addressed other concerns.

The full amendments were published in The Washington Times on January 9, 2015 and will be enforceable on January 20, 2015. The amended CTR will be available online at on January 16, 2015.

A brief summary of some of these amendments follows:

  • In Chapter 9, the CTR now reference "public or private vehicle(s)-for-hire" to account for digitally-dispatched private vehicle-for-hire ridesharing services such as Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar. The CTR that apply to such services and companies include a prohibition on soliciting passengers on Capitol Grounds, occupying a taxicab stand, and accepting "street hails." Also, such services must display the approved private vehicle-for-hire company trade dress.

  • In Chapter 13 "BICYCLES," bicycles are not required to be equipped with bells. The use of a vocal signal as a warning noise is now permissible under District of Columbia law.

  • Also in Chapter 13 with regard to PARKED BICYCLES, any bicycle parked in a parking garage or secured designated staff parking lot must have a valid Senate or House permit. Any bicycle parked in any other public parking area, including a bicycle rack, does not need to have a permit. Also, any bicycle secured in excess of twenty-four (24) consecutive hours may be seized by the U.S. Capitol Police.

  • Finally, in Chapter 16, a section has been added as clarification that no unauthorized person shall enter any closed or cordoned off areas on Capitol Grounds.

If there are any questions about this event, you may contact the United States Capitol Police Public Information Office at 202-224-1677.


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  Prepared by:
  Lieutenant Kimberly Schneider
  Public Information Officer
  United States Capitol Police


About the U.S. Capitol Police:

The U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) is comprised of over 2,000 sworn and civilian employees. The USCP is the sole federal law enforcement agency in the Legislative branch of government whose mission it is to protect the Congress, its legislative processes, Members, employees, visitors, and facilities from crime, disruption, or terrorism. We protect and secure Congress so it can fulfill its constitutional responsibilities in a safe and open environment.