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16.40.030 Definitions.

(Amended by Ordinance Nos. 184361 and 186385, effective December 18, 2013.)

 

A.  “Administrator” means the private for-hire transportation Program Administrator.

 

B.  “Approved Mechanic” means a mechanic on a list maintained on a quarterly basis by the Bureau that is published annually and whom meets all the following criteria:

 

1.  does not own, lease or drive a vehicle for-hire;

 

2.  has no financial interest in any for-hire transportation company operating within the States of Oregon or Washington;

 

3.  has received ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) A Series (Automobile/Light Truck Certification) master certification; and

 

4.  is not employed by any for-hire transportation company.

 

C.  “Board” means the Private For-Hire Transportation Board of Review.

 

D.  “Branded Vehicle” (aka “Reconstructed Vehicle”) means any vehicle that has been purchased by an insurance company because the vehicle has been severely damaged typically due to collision, fire or flood damage, and the value of the vehicle is considered less than the cost to repair the vehicle.    

 

E.  “Bureau” means the Revenue Bureau of the City of Portland.

 

F.  “Carriage” means any vehicle or conveyance that is drawn, pulled or propelled by a horse or other animal(s).

 

G.  “Certificate of Safety” means a document from an approved mechanic certifying that a particular vehicle meets all safety standards as set forth in this Chapter and/or administrative rules.

 

H.  “Company Permit” means the permit issued to a private for-hire transportation company under the terms of this Chapter and/or administrative rules.

 

I.  “Compensation” means any form of payment or gratuity by a customer or customer’s agent to a permitted for-hire driver or company for the use of the driver or company’s for-hire transportation services.  For-hire transportation providers that only accept gratuities, tips, etc, are considered to be providing “for-hire” transportation services.

 

J.  “Conduct Business” means operating a for-hire vehicle or company, receiving money or other compensation from the use of a for-hire vehicle, causing or allowing another person to do the same, or advertising the same.

 

K.  “Customer” means a person who purchases for-hire transportation service from a for-hire transportation service provider that is permitted or should be permitted by the City.  The customer may or may not also be a passenger.

 

L.  “Day” means a business day and not a calendar day unless specifically stated otherwise.

 

M.  “Decal” means the numbered identification sticker issued by the City and affixed to an LPT vehicle.

 

N.  “Decaled” means that a particular for-hire transportation vehicle is in full compliance with the requirements of Chapter 16.40 and is operating legally and validly in the City of Portland.

 

O.  “Director” means the Director of the Revenue Bureau.

 

P.  “Downtown Core” means the area formerly known as the “Fareless Square” or “Free Rail Zone” as defined by TriMet as follows:  The area to the west of the Willamette River shall be bounded on the North by NW Irving, except that at the intersection of NW Irving and NW Station Way it shall be bounded on the North by NW Station Way to NW Broadway and then by NW Broadway south to NW Irving and continuing west on NW Irving to the Stadium (I-405) Freeway, on the West and South by the Stadium (I-405) Freeway and on the East by the Willamette River. The area to the east of the Willamette River shall be bounded on the West by North Interstate Avenue, on the North by NE Multnomah to 125 feet east of 13th Avenue, on the East by 13th Avenue and on the South by NE Holladay.

 

Q.  Driver Permit” means the permit issued to a private for-hire transportation driver under the terms of this Chapter.

 

R.  Driver” means a for-hire transportation driver, including taxi drivers and LPT drivers.

 

S.  Executive Sedan” means a large expensive passenger sedan or full-sized sports utility vehicle (SUV) commonly recognized by the limousine industry as an executive vehicle and used to provide ongoing luxury transportation.

 

T.  “Horse-Drawn Carriage” is a vehicle or conveyance operating for hire that is drawn, pulled, propelled or powered, in whole or in part, by a horse, mule or other animal(s).

 

U.  “Horse-Drawn Carriage Driver Permit” means the permit issued to a horse-drawn carriage driver under the terms of this Chapter.

 

V.  “Limited Passenger Transportation Company” (LPT Company) means a for-hire transportation company other than a taxi company.

 

W.  “Limited Passenger Transportation” (LPT) means providing for-hire transportation services with non-motorized vehicles or motorized vehicles other than taxicabs.  LPTs include, but are not limited to, horse-drawn carriages, pedicabs, executive sedans, limousines, shuttles and SATs. 

 

X.  “Limousine” means an Executive Sedan whose chassis and wheelbase have been altered by a Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) program participant (or its equivalent) beyond the length of the manufacturer’s original specifications, whether at the time of manufacture or after, and which is commonly recognized by the limousine industry as a “limousine”. 

 

Y.  “Operate” means driving a for-hire vehicle, using a for-hire vehicle to conduct a business, receiving money from the use of a for-hire vehicle, or causing or allowing another person to do the same.

 

Z.  “Passenger” means a person traveling in a for-hire transportation vehicle that is not the operator of that vehicle.

 

AA.  “Pedicab” means a tricycle that:

 

1.  transports or is capable of transporting passengers on seats attached to the tricycle;

 

2.  is powered by human power or an electrical assist; and

 

3.  is used as a for-hire transportation service.

 

BB.  “Pedicab Driver Permit” means the permit issued to a pedicab driver under the terms of this Chapter.

 

CC.  “Permittee” means a person or business entity that has been issued a driver or company permit under the terms of this Chapter.

 

DD.  “Permitted” means that a for-hire transportation company, driver or vehicle has a valid city-issued permit, decal or taxiplate.

 

EE.  “Person” means any individual, partnership, joint venture, association, club, trust, estate, corporation, or other form of business organization recognized by Oregon Law.

 

FF.  “Plate” means the numbered identification plate issued by the City and affixed to a horse-drawn carriage or pedicab.   GG.  “Prearranged” means that the customer, passenger or passenger’s agent has personally asked the driver of a validly permitted for-hire vehicle or a validly permitted for-hire transportation company for transportation services, regardless of the communication format used.  The Bureau may establish by administrative rule the amount of time required between asking and receiving transportation services to allow a presumption that the services were “prearranged”. 

 

HH.  “Private for-hire transportation” means providing vehicular, horse-drawn carriage or pedicab transportation for compensation of any kind within the Portland City limits. However, it does not include transportation provided by a public or governmental entity, transportation that is regulated entirely by the state of Oregon or the federal government.

 

II.  “Private for-hire vehicle” means motorized or non-motorized vehicle used to transport persons for-hire or other consideration and which is not exclusively regulated by the State.  This includes limousines, taxis, executive sedans, shuttles, SATs, pedicabs, and horse-drawn carriages; but does not include school buses, charter buses or ambulances.

 

JJ.  “Revocation” means that a permit, taxiplate or decal is no longer valid and cannot be renewed without approval by the Director of the Revenue Bureau.

 

KK.  “Shuttle Transportation” means transportation provided in a vehicle over a fixed route and time schedule.

 

LL.  “Specially Attended Transportation” (SAT) means transportation used for agency-sponsored, contracted transportation of non-emergency medical and/or special needs passengers.  Ambulance vehicles providing basic life support (BLS) and advanced life support (ALS) services are excluded from this definition.

 

MM.  “Suspension” means that a permit, taxiplate or decal is temporarily invalid and that the holder of that permit, taxiplate or decal may not engage in any for-hire transportation activity under the authority granted to that suspended permit, taxiplate or decal.

 

NN.  “Taxicab Company” means any entity operating taxicabs other than as a driver and regardless of whether the vehicles so operated are owned by the company, leased, or owned by individual members of the company.

 

OO.  “Taxicab driver” means any person operating taxicabs as a driver for any taxicab company regardless of whether the vehicles so operated are owned by the company, leased, or owned by individual members of the company.

 

PP.  “Taxicab” means any vehicle that carries passengers for-hire where the destination and route traveled may be controlled by a passenger and the fare is calculated on the basis of an initial fee, distance traveled, waiting time, or any combination thereof.

 

QQ.  “Taximeter” means a mechanical or electronic device that calculates and displays a fare based on an initial fee, distance traveled, waiting time, or any combination thereof.

 

RR.  “Taxiplate” means the numbered metal identification plate issued by the City and permanently affixed to the rear of a taxicab.

 

SS.  “Taxiplated” means that a particular for-hire transportation taxicab is in full compliance with the requirements of Chapter 16.40 and is operating legally and validly in the City of Portland.

 

TT.   “Waiting time” means the time during which a taxicab is under the direction of a passenger and the taxicab is moving slower than the per-mile rate allowed by this Chapter.

 

UU.  “Week” means the 7-day period from Monday through Sunday.

 

VV.  “Wheelchair Accessible” means that a for-hire transportation vehicle is equipped with a hydraulic lift or ramps designed for the purpose of transporting wheelchair users or others using mobility devices, or which contains any other physical device or alteration designed to permit access to and enable the transportation of physically handicapped persons.