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16.40.920 Paid Passenger Referrals Prohibited.

A.  All private for-hire transportation drivers are prohibited from providing payment to hotel staff, dispatchers, or any other person for referral of a passenger or passengers. The penalties for violation of Subsection 16.40.920 A. are as follows: $1,500 for the first offense; $2,000 and 10-day driver permit suspension for the second offense; and $2,500 and driver permit revocation for the third offense.

B.  It is prohibited for any person to solicit or accept payment for referral of a passenger to a motor vehicle for hire, or for any person or business, firm, association or corporation to act in concert with or on behalf of another person or persons to solicit or accept payments for the referral of passengers to a motor vehicle for hire.  This prohibition does not include payment for legitimate advertising placement, such as placement of flyers or posters, or legitimate commissions provided by tour companies that do not operate on demand.  Advertising or commission payments exempted herein must be documented, and said documentation must be provided to the Director when requested. The penalties for violation of Subsection 16.40.920 B. are as follows: $1,500 for the first offense; $2,500 for the second offense; and $3,500 for the third and each subsequent offense.

C.  It is prohibited for any person to solicit or accept gifts and/or gratuities or anything of value from any holder of a City of Portland company, vehicle or driver permit, except as authorized in this Chapter, in return for any dispatch call, assignment, vehicle or shift. The penalties for violation of Subsection16.40.920 C. are as follows: $1,500 for the first offense; $2,500 for the second offense; and $3,500 for the third and each subsequent offense.

D.  If a limousine, executive sedan, taxicab, shuttle or other for-hire vehicle is in a marked hotel zone or loading/unloading zone, it is a rebuttable presumption that it is parked there to provide private for-hire transportation services pursuant to Subsections 16.40.180 E., 16.40.280 E., 16.40.380 F., 16.40.480 F., 16.40.680 F. and 16.40.740 E.  Taxis, shuttles, executive sedans and limousines parked in a hotel zone must provide properly documented logbook entry when requested by the Director. The penalties for violation of Subsection 16.40.920 D. are as follows:  $500 for the first offense; $1,000 for the second offense; $2,500 and suspension for the third and subsequent offenses.

E.  For-hire vehicles, other than Taxi Vehicles, shall not park in Taxi Zones and may not park in hotel zones without a reservation or request for service. The penalties for violation of Subsection 16.40.920 E. are as follows: $500 for the first offense; $1,000 for the second offense; and $2,500 and suspension for the third and subsequent offenses.

F.  Taxi Vehicles may not park in a hotel zone or loading/unloading zone prior to 15 minutes before pick up for a dispatch or request for service.  The dispatched call/request for service must be documented and available for review by any authorized enforcement officer inspecting logs in the field. The penalties for violation of Subsection 16.40.920 F. are as follows: $500 for the first offense; $1,000 for the second offense; and $1,000 and driver permit suspension for the third offense.