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Driver’s Advisory Committee

Deadline for Applicants: September 8, 2019

Staff Liaison: Mark Williams; regulatory@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-7483

Application: https://bit.ly/2YPTIp6 (instructions below)

Purpose and Role of the Bureau and Advisory Body  

The purpose of the Drivers Advisory Committee is to focus on issues affecting Transportation Network Company (TNC) drivers and will serve as a forum at which drivers can express grievances about working in the industry. This Committee will have the support of a neutral and independent consultant to act as liaison between TNC drivers and the companies they drive for. The liaison may contact the companies as a representative of TNC drivers to help resolve issues that are not addressed in city code or state law. The liaison will also work closely with the Committee to articulate any recommendations, when applicable, to the Bureau Director and/or the Commissioner-in-charge. 

Committee activities include:   

  • Advise Bureau Director and City staff about issues that affect them as TNC drivers.  
  • Assist with the development of recommendations to the City to update administrative rules and City Code, when appropriate. 
  • Assist with the development of recommendations to TNCs regarding aspects of the industry the City or the State does not regulate.  
  • Provide input to Bureau staff about driver experiences to inform current and potential future regulations, rules, and processes.  

Eligibility 

To be eligible for the TNC Drivers Advisory Committee, members must live, play, worship, work or do business in the City of Portland. It is not required that applicants be TNC drivers. 

Total number of advisory seats: 9  

Number of seats available: 9 

Desired Attributes 

  • You believe in the value of public participation in government processes.  
  • You are an advocate for racial equity.  
  • You are available to attend all meetings and participate in the discussions.  
  • You have experience with Portland’s transportation system and the PFHT industry.  
  • You have experience, skills, knowledge or perspective that can help the Committee reach better understand disability rights and needs in relation to the PFHT Industry.  
  • You are a TNC driver. To be selected, please demonstrate that the applicant is an active TNC driver for Uber, Lyft or Wingz, and currently certified and permitted to operate in the City of Portland.  

Terms & Time Commitment 

  • Meetings will take place on weekday evenings downtown or in the Lloyd District, a minimum of four times per year. 
  • Members will serve a term between 2 to 3 years. 
  • Members are expected to prepare for meetings on their own time. Arrive ready to discuss meeting materials and agenda items. Meeting materials for review may be sent with minimal time to review, potentially as few as 72 hours in advance. 

Volunteer Ethics

People who join this committee will become what we call “Public Officials,” which means that while you serve you must behave fair and ethically. We will provide training on this once you are accepted. Part of following Public Officials Ethics laws means you must tell the group when you or a relative may financially benefit (or avoid fees) by your recommendations. This is called a “Conflict of Interest.” If you tell us about potential Conflicts of Interest that does not mean you cannot serve, in fact, many committees have potential members with Conflicts of Interest. We appreciate your ethical inclusion of possible Conflicts of Interest on the form included in the application.

Application Process 

Applications are due on September 8, 2019.   

Application: https://bit.ly/2YPTIp6 

Online submission is the preferred, fastest method to get the application into the hands of the selection committee. We suggest you pre-write and save your answers in a separate document, so you have your own copy, and to prevent loss of your work from internet disruptions. You may request to submit a Word version of the application. Email AdvisoryBodies@portlandoregon.gov to request a Word version.

To talk with someone about this opportunity or to receive assistance completing the application, please contact the advisory body staff liaison at regulatory@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-7483. 

Voluntary & Confidential Demographic Information 

The City is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity and uses provided demographic information to help ensure that advisory body appointments represent a broad cross-section of community. Your information will not be used during the recruitment nor the selection process. State and federal law prohibit use of this information to discriminate against you. The City will treat this information as confidential to the fullest extent allowed by law. Questions about this may be sent to AdvisoryBodies@Portlandoregon.gov 

General Questions 

For general questions about the Advisory Bodies program, the recruitment process, or other upcoming advisory body opportunities please email AdvisoryBodies@Portlandoregon.gov.  

We Encourage You to Apply 

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

Applications are due on September 8, 2019. To talk with someone about these opportunities or to receive assistance completing the application, please contact the advisory body staff liaison at Mark.Williams@portlandoregon.gov