16.40.130 Taxi Company Insurance Requirements.

City Code Section

A.  In order to provide protection to the public, the Taxi Company shall provide levels of insurance in accordance with all requirements of Chapter 16.40.

B.  Providing Taxi Services. The Taxi Vehicle shall be covered by a general commercial liability and primary automobile insurance policy provided by the Taxi Company, the Taxi Driver, or a combination of both. Evidence of insurance requirements shall be received and approved by the City prior to a Taxi Company receiving a Taxi Company permit.

C.  Additional Insured and Notification of Policy Changes. The Taxi Company shall provide certificates of insurance naming the City of Portland and its officers, agents, and employees as an additional insured party and give at least 30 calendar days’ notice to the Director before a policy is canceled, expires, or has a reduction in coverage. Insurance coverage requirements include commercial general liability, primary commercial vehicle insurance, worker’s compensation, and employer’s liability insurance (as required by state law).

D.  Ensuring Driver and Vehicle Insurance. Taxi Companies shall be responsible for ensuring the Taxi Driver and Taxi Vehicle have appropriate insurance coverage as required by state law.

E.  Insurance Requirements. Insurance requirements of this section shall be satisfied by insurance issued by a licensed insurer or an eligible surplus lines insurer in the state of Oregon.

F.  Commercial Business Insurance. Taxi Company permit holders shall secure and maintain a commercial general liability policy reflecting limits of no less than $1 million per occurrence and $2 million aggregate for covered claims arising out of, but not limited to, bodily injury and property damage, in the course of the permit holder’s work under a PFHT Taxi permit.

G.  Automobile Insurance. All Taxi Company permit holders shall provide the City with a copy of a valid commercial auto liability policy with the following coverage:

1.  Combined single limit of not less than $500,000 per occurrence for claims arising out of, but not limited to, bodily injury and property damage incurred from the business use of any scheduled, non-owned, and hired automobile in the course of the vehicle’s use as a PFHT vehicle.

H.  Certification of Auto Insurance. Taxi Companies shall provide proof of current, valid insurance for Director certification that all affiliated Taxi Vehicles operating for such company and satisfying the minimum requirements.

I.  Insurance Limits Subject to Statutory Changes. The insurance limits are subject to statutory changes as to maximum limits of liability imposed on municipalities of the State of Oregon during the permit’s term.

J.  Subject to Approval by the City Attorney’s Office. The adequacy of insurance coverage outlined in this section is subject to the review and approval of the City Attorney’s Office.

K.  Continuous and Uninterrupted Coverage. The permit holder shall maintain continuous, uninterrupted coverage for the duration of the permit. Any lapse in insurance coverage, even if the insurance company later backdates it, is subject to a civil penalty.

L.  Insurance Rating. All insurance companies issuing policies within this section shall be rated by A.M. Best Company and carry at least a rating of A.M. Best A- or better, or meet all the requirements for Alternative to Insurance described in the Administrative Rule.

M.  Additional Policy Conditions. Policies required under Sections 16.40.130 and/or 16.40.130 must also contain, include, provide for, or comply with the following:

1.  Independent Contractors/Owner-Operators. If an independent contractor/owner-operator relationship exists with a permit holder, and the independent contractors/owner-operators provide services under the permit holder’s permit, then the permit holder and the City require the same insurance coverage and limits and conditions as outlined in Subsections 16.40.130 D. – H. The same certificate of liability and additional insured endorsement requirements will apply.

2.  Alternatives to insurance, such as self-insurance, may occur only if the level of coverage and the terms, conditions, and obligations meet the same or higher requirements as found in Subsections 16.40.130 D. – H., and only if the public safety and well-being are not endangered thereby. The adequacy of proposed alternative insurance coverage shall be approved by the City Attorney’s Office before such alternative insurance may become effective.

N.  Failure to comply with any provision in Section 16.40.130 is a Class A violation subject to penalties provided in Sections 16.40.930 through 16.40.950.