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Private For Hire Transportation

The Portland Bureau of Transportation’s (PBOT) Private for-Hire Transportation (PFHT) Program seeks new volunteer advisory committee members to make recommendations about how the program can improve to better serve the industry and protect consumers. Whether you work in the industry or are a customer, please apply to be a volunteer advisory committee member and help shape the PFHT Program.

The purpose of the PFHT Program is to provide for the safe, fair and efficient operation of for-hire transportation services including taxis, transportation network companies (Lyft, Uber, Wingz), limousines, party buses, executive sedans, town-cars, tour vehicles, non-emergency medical transportation vehicles, pedicabs, quadricycles, and horse drawn carriages.

PBOT is a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides people and businesses access and mobility.

Volunteer Eligibility

To be eligible for the PFHT, members must live, play, worship, work or do business in the City of Portland.

Total number of advisory seats: 19

Number of seats available:  7

Desired Volunteer Attributes:

  • You have experience with Portland’s transportation system and the Private for-Hire Transportation industry
  • You believe in the value of public participation in the government process
  • You represent a sector in the Private for Hire Industry.
  • You have experience, skills, knowledge or perspective that can help the Private for Hire Advisory Committee reach and better understand disability rights and needs in relation to the Private for Hire Industry.
  • You own or manage an Executive Town Car company. To be eligible, your town car company must be certified and permitted to operate in the City of Portland.
  • You are a town car driver. To be eligible, you must be a town car driver certified and permitted to operate in the City of Portland.
  • You own or manage a Shuttle company. To be eligible, you must be a shuttle company owner or manager for a town car company permitted to operate in the city of Portland.
  • You own or manage a tour company. To be eligible, you must be a tour company owner or manager for a tour company permitted to operate in the city of Portland.
  • You are a Taxi Driver. To be eligible, you must be a taxi driver for a taxi company permitted to operate in the city.

Volunteer Membership Terms:

  • Committee members will serve a two-year term
  • Committee members are expected to respond to staff, review materials and prepare for meetings.
  • Committee members are expected to attend all meetings and participate in deliberations and required trainings.

Selection Overview

We will be introducing a new process for selecting committee members following the passage of the City’s Advisory Bodies and Commissions Policy (Resolution 37328).

Public Official Conflict of Interest Notice

Those selected to serve on this body will be legally considered public officials for the duration of their service. As such, they will be required to publicly disclose potential conflicts of interest. Having potential conflicts of interest does not preclude you from serving on this body or impact your ability to participate fully on this body. Stakeholders often have potential conflicts of interest just out of the nature of being a stakeholder and having interest in the work PBOT is doing. However, if potential conflicts of interest are not disclosed, individual members may be subject to the Oregon Government Ethics Commission. The Conflict of Interest Disclosure form is attached to the application packet. Please fill and submit the form along with your application.

We Encourage You to Apply

We welcome you to browse our website to learn more about the bureau. https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation