During his 3 years of public service, he restored public confidence in an agency that has been plagued with corruption. In April 2012, he led major reforms to bring safe, reliable and predictable ground transportation to the City of New Orleans. The sweeping changes improved vehicle standards, created accessible taxis for those with disabilities, improved driver and CPNC holder standards, improved industry and permitting regulations, and implemented tough rules governing the Taxicab and For Hire Vehicle Bureau. He improved inspection processes to streamline semi-annual vehicle inspections, and decreased vehicle inspection failure rates from 60% to 13%. Moreover, Hull was responsible for implementing the City’s first-ever Pedi-cab program.
In August of 2012, Hull directed sweeping reforms to transform the passenger experience at Louis Armstrong International Airport. These comprehensive reforms improved service levels and raised baseline standards for the surrounding parishes. Those changes included newer vehicle fleets, mandatory safety camera systems, debit/credit card systems, enhanced criminal background checks, and a Passenger’s Bill of Rights.
In November of 2012, The International Association of Transportation Regulators (IATR) named City of New Orleans and Taxicab and For Hire Vehicles Bureau Director Malachi Hull, 2012 International Regulator of the Year. In April of 2013, Hull was awarded the 2013 Champion for Tourism Award by the New Orleans Convention and Visitor's Bureau. Later that year, he was recognized by the Bureau of Governmental Research (BGR) for 2013 Excellence in Government Award.
Hull oversaw transportation services for Super Bowl XLVII, the 2012 BCS National College Football Championship, 2012 NCAA Men and 2013 Women’s Final Fours, Sugar Bowl, Zurich Classic, Essence Music Festival, Jazz Festival, 2014 NBA All-Star game, and WWE Wrestlemania XXX.
On November 12, 2002, Malachi S. Hull was appointed to serve as Bureau Director for the Atlanta Police Department’s Bureau of Taxicabs and Vehicles for Hire. During his 8 years of public service, he managed the operational and financial activities of over 3,500 vehicles for hire operators and 36 vehicles for hire companies. He controlled a $1.7 million budget, and oversaw vehicle specifications, acquisitions and the deliveries for 1631 vehicles. Additionally, Hull implemented an annual driver-training program for over 3,500 vehicles for hire operators and improved the initial driver-training program. These training programs resulted in a 75% decrease in customer service complaints, while also improving the results of an airport customer service survey by 26%. As Bureau Director, Hull implemented internal audit controls, reorganized staff, developed succession planning, and created an environment of accountability. These changes led to a 100% increase in annual revenues.
He implemented a community oriented policing program, called Cabbies on Patrol (COPs), which trained vehicle for hire operators to identify crimes and report them to law enforcement officers. This program assisted the Atlanta Police Department in lowering its overall crime by 33%. Hull also developed and implemented consistent enforcement strategies which increased revenue from fines by 400%. Hull was selected to serve on the Atlanta Police Department’s Executive Team to develop a strategic plan for hiring new officers, improving department morale, building stronger departmental leadership, improving retention, and reducing crime.
Hull was elected to serve as President of the International Association of Transportation Regulators (IATR) in 2008. Under his leadership, IATR entered into a mutual agreement with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) via the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to conduct research and make recommendations for driver safety equipment mandates and training. Additionally, Hull developed an International Driver Recognition Ceremony (IDRC) to honor drivers for their commitment, dedication, and outstanding service to the riding public. The ceremony is held, annually, at the International Association of Transportation Regulators (IATR) training conference. Finally, he implemented cultural leadership systems to build partnerships with all vehicles for hire stakeholders through creating common goals and objectives. Implementation of this strategy resulted in the formation of mutual agreements with the National Limousine Association (NLA), Airport Ground Transportation Association (AGTA), and the Taxicab, Limousine, and Para-Transit Association (TLPA). These strategic partnerships have resulted in the building of high performance teams to improve the vehicle for hire industry as a whole.