Taxi companies shall provide reasonable accommodations to passengers with disabilities, including to passengers accompanied by a service animal, passengers with hearing and visual impairments and passengers with mobility devices.
A. Accommodations to passengers accompanied by a service animal.
1. Requests for service from a passenger accompanied by a service animal may not be refused.
2. Taxi Drivers who are unable to reasonably accommodate passengers accompanied by service animals must notify the affiliated Taxi Company so that an alternate Taxi Driver may be promptly dispatched to fulfill the passenger’s request for service.
B. Accommodations to passengers with hearing and visual impairments.
1. Taxi Companies shall maintain at all times dispatch services available to customers in accordance to W3C guidelines and ADA Section 503 requirements pertaining to hearing and visual accessibility.
2. Taxi Companies shall maintain customer service support services pursuant to Subsection 16.40.140 H. in accordance to W3C guidelines and ADA Section 503 requirements pertaining to hearing and visual accessibility
C. Accommodations to passengers with mobility devices.
1. Taxi Companies shall reasonably accommodate passengers with canes, walkers or other mobility devices that can readably fit within a non-wheelchair accessible Taxi Vehicle.
2. Taxi Companies shall maintain at all times dispatch services available to customers that accept requests for a wheelchair accessible vehicle.
3. Taxi Companies are required to provide wheelchair accessible vehicle service within a reasonable time by maintaining a fleet of affiliated wheelchair accessible Taxi Vehicles, contracting with a permitted operator of wheelchair accessible private for-hire vehicles or a combination thereof. It is a rebuttable presumption that any time beyond 30 minutes is unreasonable.
4. Fare rates for wheelchair accessible vehicles shall not exceed fare rates for comparable non-wheelchair accessible Taxi Vehicles, be reported to the Director and shall not be subject to dynamic pricing.
5. Wheelchair accessible vehicle services must comply with WAV Service Performance Guidelines established by the PFHT Advisory Committee in consultation with the Portland Commission on Disability. Service performance guidelines may include best practices pertaining to the following:
a. Vehicle specifications;
b. Wheelchair loading and securement;
c. Customer service and communication with customers;
d. Driver training, and;
e. Estimated wait times.
6. Any permitted Taxi Company shall enter into an agreement with the City to regularly provide aggregated and anonymized data relevant to WAV service. Examples of relevant data may include, but not be limited to, the following:
a. number, date and time of WAV fulfilled requests;
b. number, date and time of WAV unfulfilled requests;
c. number, date and time of WAV trips;
d. WAV trip origin zip code;
e. WAV trip destination zip code;
f. WAV trip wait time, and;
g. WAV trip duration.
7. The Director may implement an Accessible Transportation Fee and establish an Accessible Transportation Fund.
a. The Accessible Transportation Fee rate shall be established by the PFHT Advisory Committee in consultation with the Portland Commission on Disability for the purpose of funding the Accessible Transportation Fund;
b. The Accessible Transportation Fund shall be managed by the Director for the purposes of providing an incentive for PFHT WAV service in keeping with WAV Service Performance Guidelines and mitigating the higher costs of providing WAV service compared to comparable non-WAV service. A detailed report on the status and performance of the Accessible Transportation Fund and citywide WAV service provided by all permitted PFHT operators shall be presented to the PFHT Advisory Committee annually.