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December 12, 2012: PFHT Board Meeting Minutes

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PRIVATE FOR-HIRE TRANSPORTATION

BOARD OF REVIEW

Minutes for December 12, 2012 Board Meeting

1.      Call to Order

Time: 1:30pm

 

Roll Call

Present: Ryan Hashagen, John Case, Kirk Foster, Steve Entler, Michael Huggins, Ramon Corona, Gail Bauhs, Tony Tabrizi, Jon Putman, Al Ochosa, Kathleen Butler, Frank Dufay, Veronica Avila-Serna, Mariam Morozova, and Patrick Kramer

Others/Audience: The list of other attendees is available from the Revenue Bureau.

2.     Agenda

 

Motion to move Agenda Items 3, 4 and 5 ahead of item 2: Entler

Seconded:Bauhs

No Discussion

Passed Unanimously

 

3.      Public Comment

 

No Discussion

 

4.     Staff Report: Police Changes in Entertainment District

 

Dufay spoke of the proposed Entertainment District changes going to City Council next week.  The proposed changes would have designated areas that for-hire vehicles would use to pick up and drop off customers.  It would effectively shut down the district to vehicular traffic except as stated for for-hire transportation.  Hashagan suggested parking on NW Everett and 4th for an overflow cue.

5.      Board discussion: LPT vehicle company and vehicle fees (Item from Company Standing Committee)

 

Enter gave report on items discussed during the last Company Standing Committee Meeting. 

1. Open position of Non Limo Company Representative on Board.  Mr. Rasheed not able to nominate himself at the time and they hope he gets another opportunity to do so.  It was mentioned that a special election will be held to fill the vacant position and he would have an opportunity at that time.

2. Putman mentioned at the CSC meeting that PACA was not working and we needed to have an alternative.  It was decided that a work session would be scheduled in the near future to discuss this further.

3. Entler requested that the newly implemented fees for taxi companies be brought up for further discussion at the next Board Meeting.  These fee increases were not properly discussed prior to bringing it to City Council.  Perhaps if LPT fees were also increased the fees would not need to be raised as drastically for taxi companies.  LPT companies will benefit from increased enforcement as well.  There have been many increased fees directed to the taxi companies should be spread to other industries. 

Butler stated that we are being required to do a cost of service survey.  This is happening right now.  It is a principal of these studies to consider the ability to pay, income derived from the services offered.  Any proposal will come to the Board.  Bauhs stated that any increase in fees to the SAT industry could be very detrimental to the service level provided.

Foster stated that SAT companies are required to have employee drivers and compete against other SAT companies prices.  Cost for insurance coverage for employees is significant.

Butler: As we develop the cost analysis we will bring it up for discussion. 

Butler: We are also looking at City Fleet to perform inspections.  This will lead to more consistent and efficient inspections.  We hope that the inspection will be less expensive and the scheduling system will be set up to optimize efficiency.  The fee for that will be separate from the permit fee.

Case: Important for stretch limousine companies to have ability to use ASE Master Technician due to risk of damage to modified vehicles.

Foster:  There will be significant cost going back and forth from city and mechanic for having to do repairs if City finds repairs needed.

Butler:  We feel that city inspection is needed to properly protect the public.  It does not remove the responsibility of the company to properly maintain their vehicles.  Providers came to us and said they don’t want to go to various places to do inspections, i.e. city and airport or city and tri met.

Corona:  Like taking your car to pass DEQ.  Vehicle should be in good repair prior to inspection.

Putman: Feels that we have 6 months after implementation to access the effects. 

Bauhs: This will eliminate need for SAT vehicles to go to Tri Met for inspection as long as the City inspection includes all items on the checklist.

Butler: Consensus: We will come back to come to the Board with findings of OMF cost of service and info from LPT companies regarding their costs.

 

6.     Old Business

 

Bauhs:  Preference to address separately

Hashagan:  Perhaps easier for appeal purposes to vote separately.

Motion to deny Broadway application for permits as recommended for 2013: Hashagan

Seconded by: Foster

Bauhs: As part of discussion at last meeting regarding Broadway recommendation rational of denial based on looking at transition of Broadway SAT vehicles to Taxi vehicle permits.

Butler: We are currently looking at history of SAT.   Looking at recommendation based on intent at that time

 

Hashagan: Yay

Case: Yay

Foster: Yay

Entler: Abstain

Huggins: Nay

Corona: Yay

Bauhs: Yay

Tabrizi: Yay

Putman: Nay

Ochosa: Yay

 

7 Yay, 2 Nays and 1 Abstain

 

Motion Carries

 

Motion to approve 11 permits for Green Cab during 2013: Corona

Seconded by: Ochosa

Hashagan: Yay

Case: Yay

Foster: Yay

Entler: Abstain

Huggins: Nay

Corona: Yay

Bauhs: Yay

Tabrizi: Yay

Putman: Yay

Ochosa: Yay

 

8 Yay, 1 Nay and 1 Abstain

 

Motion Carries

 

Motion to accept recommendation of Revenue Bureau for New Rose City: Putman

Seconded by: Tabrizi

Ochosa: Concerned about lack of equity in permits. 

Hashagan: Confirmed that the vote is only on the recommendation for 2013 and they could be considered for 2014.

Bauhs:  When ready and capable we should consider opportunities for New Rose City to expand.

Hashagan: Yay

Case: Yay

Foster: Yay

Entler: Abstain

Huggins: Nay

Corona: Yay

Bauhs: Yay

Tabrizi: Yay

Putman: Aye

Ochosa: Nay

 

7 Yay, 2 Nays and 1 Abstain

 

Motion Carries

Motion to approve 4 permits for 2013 for Portland Taxi: Tabrizi

Seconded by: Bauhs

Case: Feels Portland should be granted more than 4.  Case said he is impressed with service quality of Portland Taxi.  Should be closer percentage wise to what Green Cab was issued.

Butler: One unique factor with Green from Portland Taxi was their contract. 

Hashagan: Yay

Case: Yay

Foster: Yay

Entler: Abstain

Huggins: Nay

Corona: Yay

Bauhs: Yay

Tabrizi: Yay

Putman: Yay

Ochosa: Yay

 

8 Yay, 1 Nay and 1 Abstain

 

Motion to accept recommendations for Radio Cab: Hashagan

Seconded by: Tabrizi

 

No discussion

 

Hashagan: Yay

Case: Yay

Foster: Yay

Entler: Abstain

Huggins: Nay

Corona: Yay

Bauhs: Yay

Tabrizi: Yay

Putman: Yay

Ochosa: Yay

 

8 Yay, 1 Nay and 1 Abstain

 

Motion to accept recommendations for Sassy’s Cab: Putman

Seconded by: Ochosa

Bauhs echoed same comment regarding Broadway’s recommendation and considering conversion of SAT permits to taxi permits.

 

Hashagan: Yay

Case: Yay

Foster: Yay

Entler: Abstain

Huggins: Nay

Corona: Yay

Bauhs: Yay

Tabrizi: Yay

Putman: Yay

Ochosa: Yay

 

8 Yay, 1 Nay and 1 Abstain

 

Break

 

Butler introduced Veronica Avila-Serna as a new employee of the Regulatory Division.

 

7.     Accessible Vehicle Requirements and Standards

 

Butler: Need to find a way to implement higher accessible taxi percentage as discussed at council.  The percentage discussed at council was 30%.

 

Putman: Need larger percentage of accessible vehicles.  Accessible vehicles can serve both ambulatory and those requiring an accessible vehicle.

Dufay:  Number of accessible vehicles will be key component of matrix used to evaluate taxi companies.  Cab companies have been asked for number of wheelchair accessible as well as hours those vehicles are on the road.

Raye Miles: Before jumping to 30% let’s go for a solid 20%.  She suggested a wheelchair accessible taxiplate permit so companies can’t just switch the plate to a standard cab.

Ochosa:  Interested in the number of calls for wheelchair vehicles that taxi companies get.

Foster:  Specify which accessible vehicles are SAT or used out of Portland.  Maybe there could be some sort of exception to non plated accessible vehicles being used to supplement permitted wheelchair cabs until we get to the desired percentage.

Bauhs:  If SAT vehicles operated by taxi companies are permitted for taxi use as we’ve discussed that could help bring up the accessible taxi percentages as well.  Also be sure the accessible vehicles are ADA compliant.

Foster: Expressed concern about “chop shop” conversions.  Consensus was not much of an issue anymore.  ADA is certification sufficient.

Butler: Frank will gather information and we will come back to the Board with more information.  For now it was agreed the accessible calls can go to Broadway Cab or Radio Cab if other companies unable to accommodate.  Steps: Get rid of PACA, get to 20% then plan for reaching goal of 30%.

 

8.     SAT Regulations

Butler:  Issues regarding Taxi companies operating SATs as well as SAT company specific issues. 

Foster:  SAT vehicle can be used as private for-hire then why can’t all SAT vehicles be used as such.  City should accept Tri Met review/approval of drivers. 

Butler:  IATR on federal reforms to allow municipalities and other regulating bodies to have access to the background records.  City is not allowed to hand over due diligence to another agency.

Foster:  It would be helpful if company included in communication from the City with driver regarding their application.  Losing good drivers because they find other jobs before they can get their permit approved.

Butler:  We can provide general need more information to the company but specific criminal history information can not be included.

Bauhs:  May be helpful to correspond with the company.  Tri Met only corresponds with company not drivers.  We should consider anything to speed up the process. 

Butler:  We are getting more staff which should help.  Encourage drivers to apply for permit and to Tri Met concurrently.  We will look at a way to communicate with company without including specific information regarding the driver’s criminal record.

 

9.     Board Member Comment/Announcements

 

Case:  Would like to introduce administrative rule at next board meeting regarding 16.40.380-01 C Properly Equipped.  Put language in admin rules regarding emergency latches in buses.  “Properly equipped include….all vehicle equipped with emergency exit windows and release latches must have both a latch release visual and sound alarm.”  Purpose is so this item will be on the ASE inspection form so the mechanic will check to make sure it was in good order.  JMI Limousine had these installed.  The cost is $500.  There will be a big red light on the driver’s fascia and a loud alarm if the latch is moved more the 1/32” off the completely closed position.  It takes the latch being moved approximately 1 inch to open the emergency exit window.  Many at the Company Standing Committee at which this was discussed showed interest in getting those installed on their vehicles.  Case stated that a full discussion will be brought up at a future Board meeting regarding the requirement adult chaperones.

Ochosa mentioned that he would like to continue the enforcement report as part of the Board meetings.  Butler said those reports will continue.

 

10.     Motion to Adjourn

Motion to Adjourn:Putman

Seconded by:Ochosa

Passed Unanimously 

Meeting was adjourned at approximately 4:30pm.  The next meeting will be on Wednesday, January 30, 2013.

Minutes submitted by: 

Patrick Kramer, Regulatory Program Specialist

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