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16.40.950 Criminal Penalties and General Appeals.

A.  It is unlawful to tamper with a taximeter or to conduct any fraudulent scheme with the intent to overcharge charge any person a fare greater than that allowed by a Taxi Company or TNC.

B.  Any violation of Subsection 16.40.950 A. is punishable upon conviction by a fine of not more than $1,000 or imprisonment for not more than 6 months or both.

C.  In addition to the civil penalties listed in Section 16.40.930, any violation of Sections 16.40.100 A.-C., 16.40.200 A.-C., 16.40.200, 16.40.300 A.-C., 16.40.400 A.-C.,  or 16.40.600 A.-C., 16.40.700 A.-C., 16.40.800 A. is punishable, upon conviction, by imprisonment for not more than 6 months.

D.  Vehicles operated for-hire in violation of Sections 16.40.160, 16.40.260, 16.40.360, 16.40.460., and 16.40.660, are subject to vehicle towing and impoundment.

E.  Civil Penalties Appeals. Any person or entity assessed a civil penalty may appeal that decision to the Code Hearings Officer under the provisions of Chapter 22.10.

F.  Permit/Decal/Taxiplate Denials, Suspensions and Revocations; Appeals and Exception.

1.  Any person or entity whose permit, certification, decal or taxiplate application is denied, or whose permit, decal or taxiplate is suspended or revoked, may appeal that decision to the Code Hearings Officer under the provisions of Chapter 22.10.

2.  If the suspension is due to a failure to timely pay a civil penalty when due, then the underlying reasons for the civil penalty may not be appealed to the Code Hearings Officer.  In that situation, the person or entity may only appeal to the Code Hearings Officer to determine if the Bureau properly followed the notice requirements found in Section 16.40.940.

G.  Stays. If a timely appeal is made pursuant to this Section, the action appealed from is stayed pending the outcome of the appeal.  This includes any civil penalty payment, suspension or revocation.