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Revenue Bureau

Phone: 503-823-5157

Arts Tax: 503-865-4278

111 SW Columbia St, Suite 600, Portland, OR 97201

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Program contacts:

Frank Dufay, Regulatory Program Coordinator

Patrick Kramer, Regulatory Program Specialist
Phone: (503) 865-2484 ~ Fax: (503) 279-3936

Election Notice: Industry Member Positions, PFHT Board

Private for Hire Transportation Board of Review has open positions for non-limousine LPT company rep, limousine company rep and taxi driver rep

Revenue Bureau Regulatory Division
Important Notice of Election
Private for Hire Transportation (PFHT) Board
Industry Member Board Positions

Open board positions:

  1. Non Limousine LPT Company Representative: Company Owners/Managers of the following industry types are eligible for this position: Executive Sedan, Shuttle, Multi Passenger Pedal Powered vehicles, and Tour operators
  2. Limousine Company Representative
  3. Taxi Driver Representative

NOMINATION REQUIRED BY 5 pm November 19, 2012

Anyone wishing to run for representative must submit their name in writing (via fax 503.865.3022 or email Regulatory@portlandoregon.gov) and the position sought to the Revenue Bureau between now and Monday November 19, 2012 at 5pm. 

Please note: Nominations from someone other than the nominee will NOT be accepted.  Only self nominations will be accepted.

Elections and positions open:


Non Limousine LPT Company Representative and

Limousine Company Representative

Wednesday November 28, 2012   1:30pm-3:30pm

Revenue Bureau Office

Rivers Conference Room, 6th Floor

111 SW Columbia Street

Taxi Driver Representative

Wednesday November 28, 2012   5:45pm – 7:30pm

Gilbert Heights Library

7921 NE Sandy Blvd

Ballots will also be accepted in person at the REVENUE BUREAU for 3 full days:

Tuesday November 27th through Thursday November 29th 8am-5pm

Additional Information on the Election Process

Eligibility and Voting: Company owners or managers of a PFHT company currently permitted by the City of Portland are eligible to be nominated and vote in the appropriate company category. A valid City of Portland company permit is required for participation in elections and nomination to the Board.  Permitted drivers in the appropriate industry are eligible to vote for the driver position. One vote allowed per permit.  Each company is allowed one vote and each driver is allowed one vote.  Drivers must have their permit with them when casting a ballot.  No ballots will be accepted from drivers who do not have their permit with them.         

Nominations: Please get your self-nomination in early!

Please contact Patrick Kramer (503-865-2484 or Patrick.Kramer@portlandoregon.gov) for more information
regarding the election or nomination process.

Press Release: Revenue Bureau Delivers Recommendations Regarding Taxi Industry

Mayor Sam Adams letterhead

 

Revenue Bureau Delivers Recommendations Regarding Taxi Industry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, September 26, 2012

Contact:

Kelly Ball, OMF

kelly.ball@portlandoregon.gov

503-823-6806

Mayor Sam Adams is pleased to report that the City of Portland Revenue Bureau has completed its review of applications for new taxi vehicle permits in Portland and has recommendations regarding increasing both the number of companies servicing the area and the number of permits allotted to existing companies. The Bureau received applications from six current and three proposed new companies requesting a combined total of 257 new taxis be added to the current fleet of 382. The Bureau is recommending 132 be approved for a new fleet total of 514.

“The working conditions for taxi drivers, the business climate for the industry in the City, and issues of equity are concerns for me,” says Mayor Adams. “My thanks to the Revenue Bureau for doing a thorough evaluation of the industry and coming up with solid recommendations for new permits and other reforms that will provide better options for drivers and better service for taxi customers.”

The city regulates the taxi industry to ensure vehicles are safe, insured and operated by drivers with good records.

The Bureau is recommending one new company with 50 taxis be approved.  The Bureau also recommends approving the addition of 82 new taxi vehicle permits requested by the existing companies, to be phased in gradually over a period of three years.

“We found that Portland lags far behind comparable cities in terms of the number of taxis available per capita, and airport arrivals and departures are increasing, among other things,” said Revenue Bureau Director Thomas Lannom. 

The Bureau’s recommendations for new company taxi vehicle permits are based on an analysis of demand for taxis in Portland and a range of criteria including, but not limited to, available public transportation, the ratio of population to the number of available taxi cabs, and demonstrated need for additional taxi cab service. The Bureau’s recommendations for existing company taxi vehicle permits was based on each company’s ability to demonstrate they had an unmet demand for service; some of the existing companies made cases the Bureau found demonstrated a business need for additional permits, and other did not.

The Bureau is also recommending a broad range of reforms of the taxi industry.  These reforms are designed to improve taxi driver working and economic conditions, while improving service to taxi customers. A process is also proposed to update taxi company performance standards, and relate future issuance of permits to those standards.

The Bureau’s recommendations have been forwarded to the Private for-Hire Transportation Board of Review for consideration during its meetings on September 26 and October 10, 2012.

The Board of Review will consider the Bureau’s recommendations pertaining to new companies and added taxis for existing companies. If the Board approves, existing companies may add new cabs.  Subsequent to the October 10 Board of Review meeting, the City Council will hold a public hearing and will decide if new taxi companies will be approved.


“I find the Revenue Bureau’s recommendations to be compelling,” Mayor Adams added. “But I want to hear public feedback before making a final decision.”

Both recommendation documents are attached.

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Private For-Hire Transportation Program - Recommendations for Taxi Industry Reform

Staff Recommendation Report - City of Portland Taxi Vehicle Permits

 

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