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POL Government Elected Officials Auditor Griffin-Valade Charter, Code & Policies City Code & Charter Online Code & Charter Title 16 Vehicles and Tra Chapter 16.40 Private For-Hire Transportation Regulations.
16.40.410 LPT and Taxi Insurance Requirements.

A.  Coverages and Limits: All for-hire transportation company permit holders must obtain, comply with, and maintain the minimum levels of insurance coverage outlined below during the entire term that the permit is valid:

 

1.  Commercial Business Insurance. Company permit holders must secure and maintain a Commercial General Liability policy reflecting limits of no less than $1,000,000 per Occurrence and $2,000,000 Aggregate for covered claims arising out of, but not limited to, Bodily Injury, Property Damage, Personal and Advertising Injury, and Contractual Liability in the course of the permit holder’s work under a for-hire transportation company permit.

 

2.  Vehicle Insurance.  All for-hire company permit holders, regardless of whether the company holds title to a vehicle or not, must provide the City with a copy of a valid Commercial Auto Liability policy reflecting a Combined Single Limit of not less than 500,000 per occurrence for claims arising out of, but not limited to, bodily injury and property damage incurred from the business use of any scheduled, non-owned, and hired automobile in the course of the vehicle’s use as a for-hire transportation vehicle.  The Commercial Auto Liability policy must comply with the mandatory laws of the State of Oregon and/or other applicable governing bodies.

 

3.  Worker’s Compensation and Employers Liability Insurance. The company permit holder must secure and maintain a Workers Compensation and Employers Liability policy where required by state law.   

 

B.  Additional Policy Conditions:  Policies required under Subsections 16.40.410 A.1. and/or 16.40.410 A.2. must also contain, include, provide for or comply with the following:

 

1.  The Commercial General Liability and Commercial Auto Liability coverage must name the City and its officers, agents and employees as additional insureds as respects to claims, in the course of the permit holder’s work as a for-hire transportation company, covered by such policies;

2.  Policy coverages must be primary and non-contributory, and any insurance coverage maintained by the City must be considered excess.

 

3.  The insurance limits are subject to statutory changes as to maximum limits of liability imposed on municipalities of the State of Oregon during the permit’s term;

 

4.  The insurance policy must allow for written notice to the Administrator 30 days before any policy is canceled;

 

5.  The insurance policy must allow for written notice to the Administrator 30 days before a policy will expire or be reduced in coverage;   

 

6.  All insurance companies issuing policies under this Section must carry at least an A.M. Best Company rating of A-, VIII or better; and   

 

7.  The adequacy of insurance coverage outlined in this Section is subject to the review and approval of the City Attorney’s Office.

 

C.  Permit Holder’s Insurance Obligations.  All company permit holders must comply with the following obligations with respect to insurance reporting, updating and filing:

 

1.  The permit holder must maintain continuous, uninterrupted coverage for the duration of the permit.  Any lapse in insurance coverage, even if it is later backdated by the insurance company, is subject to a civil penalty.

 

2.  The permit holder must file a certificate of liability with the Administrator that evidences insurance coverage and terms that are in compliance with the requirements of this Section.  The certificate of liability must be on a standard ACORD form or its equivalent.  

 

3.  The permit holder must file with the Bureau a copy of the insurance company-issued additional insured endorsements naming the City and its officers, agents and employees as additional insureds. 

 

4.  The permit holder must keep a copy of the vehicle’s proof of insurance in every for-hire vehicle. 

 

D.  Independent Contractors/Owner-Operators.  If an independent contractor/owner-operator relationship exists with a permit holder and the independent contractors/owner-operators provide services under the permit holder’s permit, then the permit holder and the City require the same insurance coverages and limits and conditions as outlined in Subsections 16.40.410 A. - C.  The same certificate of liability and additional insured endorsement requirements will apply.

 

E.  Alternative to Insurance Requirements.  Alternatives to insurance, such as self-insurance, may occur only if the level of coverage and the terms, conditions and obligations meet the same or higher requirements as found in Subsections 16.40.410 A. – C., and only if the public safety and well-being is not endangered thereby.  The adequacy of proposed alternative insurance coverage is subject to approval by the City Attorney’s Office before such alternative insurance may become effective.