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16.40.960 PFHT Advisory Committee.

A.  The Private For-Hire Transportation Board of Review shall hereby be dissolved and any Board Order, Board Rule or Board Regulation in effect prior to the passage of this ordinance has no legal effect and is hereby repealed.

B.  There hereby is created a PFHT Advisory Committee, hereinafter referred to as the Committee.

C.  Purpose. The PFHT Advisory Committee is a citizen advisory body, representing those with interests in private for-hire transportation in the City of Portland by:

1.  Providing expertise and feedback to the public, Director, and City Council on Portland’s PFHT market, PFHT regulations and policies, taking into consideration the full range of City goals and objectives;

2.  Providing recommendations for regulatory, code, and administrative rule changes affecting the PFHT operators and PFHT service including service to people with disabilities.

3.  Monitoring the application and enforcement of regulations for their effectiveness in achieving the City’s goals;

4.  Recommending customer service, permitting, process, and compliance improvements to the Director and/or City Council;

5.  Providing input to ensure the budget of the City’s PFHT Program is adequate to meet service goals and compliance with all requirements pursuant to Chapter 16.40.

D.  Membership.  The PFHT Advisory Committee shall consist of nineteen diverse members with expertise, knowledge and interest in of private for-hire transportation in the City of Portland. Prospective members may apply to the Director on a form approved by the Director and members shall be nominated by the Bureau Commissioner-in-Charge and approved by Council. The members shall be selected to provide representation of those persons concerned about PFHT service, PFHT operators and PFHT drivers in the City of Portland. Members shall be appointed so that the Committee consists of one representative from the following:

1.  The Portland Bureau of Transportation (non-voting member);

2.  The tourism industry;

3.  The Portland Commission of Disabilities;

4.  An at-large community member with a disability;

5.  The riding public;

6.  The Port of Portland;

7.  TriMet;

8.  A Taxi Company;

9.  A Taxi Driver;

10.  A Transportation Network Company

11.  A Transportation Network Driver;

12.  An Executive Town Car Company;

13.  An Executive Town Car Driver;

14.  A Shuttle Company;

15.  A Shuttle Driver;

16.  A Limousine or Party Bus Company;

17.  A Tour Bus Company;

18.  A Pedicab Company, and;

19.  A NEMT Company.

E.  Appointments and Terms. Appointment to the PFHT Advisory Committee shall be for a three-year term.  If a position is vacated during a term, it shall be filled for the unexpired term by an appointee selected by the Commissioner-in-Charge.  Members of the PFHT Advisory Committee shall serve no more than two, complete three-year terms.

F.  Meetings, Officers, and Subcommittees.

1.  The PFHT Advisory Committee shall meet at least five times each calendar year and as otherwise necessary to conduct its business. Meetings shall be conducted in accordance with adopted rules of procedure.  A quorum shall be necessary of voting members to make decisions that represent the position of the PFHT Advisory Committee and to conduct any other Committee responsibilities.  The election of officers shall take place at the first meeting of each calendar year.

2.  The officers of the Committee shall consist of a Chairperson and a Vice-chairperson. The chairperson shall be responsible for conducting the meetings of the committee. The vice chairperson shall act as chair when the chairperson is not available.

3.  The PFHT Advisory Committee may divide its members into subcommittees which are authorized to act on behalf of the committee for an assigned purpose. Subcommittee actions require the affirmative vote of at least three members.

G.  Attendance. Members of the PFHT Advisory Committee are expected to attend each meeting of the committee. The Commissioner-in-Charge may replace any member who accrues unexcused absences from three or more consecutive meetings or more than 50 percent of the meetings in any year.

H.  The Portland Bureau of Transportation shall provide staff and appropriate assistance for the Board.

I.  All members of the Committee shall serve without pay, except that they may receive their regular salary during the time spent on matters of the Committee.