(Amended by Ordinance Nos. 185496 and 185497, effective August 10, 2012.)
A. Decal Required for LPT Vehicles. No LPT vehicle may be used as a for-hire transportation vehicle without a valid and unobstructed decal issued by the City under Chapter 16.40. Applicants for a vehicle decal must satisfy the conditions as set forth in Subsections 16.40.190 C. – J. for every vehicle decal application, which includes providing to the Bureau a copy of all certificates required.
B. Taxiplate Required for Taxicabs. No taxicab vehicle may be used as a for-hire transportation vehicle without a valid and unobstructed taxiplate issued by the City under Chapter 16.40. Applicants for a taxiplate must satisfy the conditions as set forth in Subsections 16.40.190 C. – J. for every vehicle taxiplate application, which includes providing to the Bureau a copy of all certificates required
C. Application Form. The applicant for a vehicle decal or taxiplate must complete a “Decal/Taxiplate Application Form” provided by the Administrator and which includes the following requested information:
1. Vehicle Make;
2. Vehicle Model;
3. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN);
4. Vehicle Owner;
5. Vehicle Model Year;
6. Vehicle License Plate Number; and
7. Whether the vehicle is wheelchair accessible
D. Age of Vehicle. After December 31, 2011, decals and taxiplates will not be issued to a for-hire vehicle applicant unless the vehicle meets the age requirements below. For the purposes of Chapter 16.40, the age of a vehicle is determined by the manufacturer’s model year, regardless of when the vehicle was purchased or put into service as a “for-hire” vehicle. Apart from the exception found in Subsection 16.40.190 E., no for-hire vehicle may be older than the following ages:
1. Taxicabs: 10 years
2. Shuttles: 10 years
3. Executive Sedans: 10 years
4. SAT’s: 10 years
5. Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles: 10 years for all new and replaced wheelchair accessible vehicles, effective January 1, 2013; except that vehicles purchased and put into service prior to January 1, 2013 may be used and renewed until they are 15 years old, so long as they remain continuously permitted and in service from the time of purchase.
E. Vehicle Age Exception. Applicants whose vehicles are considered “classic” or “antique” under criteria found in administrative rule may petition the Administrator for an exception to the vehicle age requirements found in Subsection 16.40.190 D. Applicants who can demonstrate to the Administrator that their vehicle is in excellent safety, mechanical and physical condition despite it being beyond the age limits found in Subsection 16.40.190 D. may be granted an exception to those age limits.
F. Insurance Certificate. All decal and taxiplate applicants must provide the Bureau with an insurance certificate of liability indicating that the requirements of Section 16.40.410 have been satisfied.
G. Safety Certificate. Each vehicle must pass a standardized vehicle safety test as performed by a certified mechanic approved by the City. The Certified Mechanic will then issue to the applicant a “Safety Certificate” stating that the vehicle passed the required safety inspection. A list of certified mechanics and the things that must be inspected by the mechanic are found in administrative rules.
H. Vehicle Condition. Notwithstanding the issuance of a safety certificate, no vehicle will be decaled or taxiplated if the Administrator determines that the interior is not clean and/or the exterior is not in excellent condition.
I. Vehicle Registration. All applicants must provide the Administrator with a copy of the appropriate state-issued vehicle registration for all for-hire transportation vehicles.
J. Fees. All for-hire companies must pay a nonrefundable application fee for each for-hire vehicle applying for a decal or taxiplate in the amount outlined in the Fee Table in Section 16.40.590.
K. The Director is authorized to provide by Administrative Rule a substitute decal or permit card for round trip medical transportation from distant areas for service provided by medical brokerages under contract with the Oregon Health Authority.