To ensure the safety and reliability of Private for-Hire Transportation (PFHT) services as a matter of public concern, the City of Portland has the authority, delegated by ORS 221.495, to license, control, and regulate privately owned vehicles for hire operating within the City of Portland. The purpose of Chapter 16.40 is to provide for the safe, fair, and efficient operation of PFHT services.
The provisions contained herein should be applied and enforced in such a manner as to require the “for-hire” transportation to:
A. Promote innovation in the PFHT industry to meet evolving consumer demand; and
B. Allow fair competition, so long as public safety and the public interests are served.