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16.40.920 Paid Passenger Referrals and Willful Deception Prohibited.

A.  All PFHT drivers are prohibited from providing payment to hotel staff, dispatchers, or any other person for referral of a passenger or passengers. The penalties for violation of Subsection 16.40.920 A. are Class A violations.

B.  It is prohibited for any person to solicit or accept payment for referral of a passenger to a motor vehicle for hire, or for any person or business, firm, association, or corporation to act in concert with or on behalf of another person or persons to solicit or accept payments for the referral of passengers to a motor vehicle for hire. This prohibition does not include payment for legitimate advertising placement, such as placement of flyers or posters, or legitimate commissions provided by tour companies that do not operate on demand. Advertising or commission payments exempted herein must be documented, and said documentation must be provided to the Director when requested. The penalties for violation of Subsection 16.40.920 B. are Class A violations.

C.  It is prohibited for any person to solicit or accept gifts and/or gratuities or anything of value from any holder of a City of Portland company, vehicle, or driver permit, except as authorized in this chapter, in return for any dispatch call, assignment, vehicle, or shift. The penalties for violation of Subsection 16.40.920 C. are Class A violations.

D.  If a Limousine, Executive Town Car, Taxi Cab, Shuttle, or other for-hire vehicle is in a marked hotel zone, it is a rebuttable presumption that it is parked there to provide PFHT services pursuant to Subsections 16.40.180 E., 16.40.280 E., 16.40.380 F., 16.40.480 F., 16.40.680 F., and 16.40.740 E. Taxis, Shuttles, Executive Town Cars, and Limousines parked in a hotel zone must provide properly documented logbook entry when requested by the Director. The penalties for violation of Subsection 16.40.920 D. are Class B violations.

E.  For-hire vehicles, other than Taxi Vehicles, shall not park in taxi zones and may not park in hotel zones without a reservation or request for service. The penalties for violation of Subsection 16.40.920 E. are Class B violations.

F.  Taxi Vehicles may not park in a hotel zone prior to 15 minutes before pick up for a dispatch or request for service. The dispatched call/request for service must be documented and available for review by any authorized enforcement officer inspecting logs in the field. The penalties for violation of Subsection 16.40.920 F. are Class B violations.