16.40.660 LPT Vehicle Operating Requirements and Prohibitions.

City Code Section

(Amended by Ordinance No. 188972, effective June 29, 2018.)

A.  No vehicle shall operate as an LPT Vehicle unless it has been certified by the Director and is affiliated with a permitted LPT Company and properly displays a valid City of Portland permit.

B.  Vehicle Registration, Insurance, and Business License. A paper copy of the vehicle’s registration and proof of insurance shall be kept in every LPT Vehicle, pursuant to ORS 806.011. A copy of the business license is required for every driver operating as an independent contractor.

1.  Failure to comply with any provision in this Subsection B. is a Class D violation subject to penalties provided in Sections 16.40.930 through 16.40.950.

C.  Identification of LPT Vehicles. Every LPT Vehicle shall meet the following identification requirements to operate as an LPT Vehicle:

1.  Every party bus vehicle and tour bus vehicle must prominently display on both sides of the vehicle the following information:

a.  The full name of the party bus company or tour bus company;

b.  The company-assigned party bus vehicle or tour bus vehicle number; and

c.  The telephone number of that party bus company or tour bus company where services can be requested.

2.  Upon successful completion of the LPT Vehicle permit application process and payment of required fees as outlined in Chapter 16.40, the Director will issue a vehicle identification decal bearing the City Seal for each certified LPT Vehicle.

3.  LPT decals are valid for a period of no more than 12 months from the date of issuance, and all decals expire on the same day as the expiration of the affiliated LPT Company permit. Fees for decals that are not issued contemporaneously with an LPT Company permit will be prorated to equal the cost of the number of months remaining until the LPT Company permit expires.

4.  LPT decals must be affixed to the vehicle’s front and back window in a manner outlined by the Administrative Rule, Applying Permits and Decals.

5.  LPT decals that are intentionally destroyed or damaged by an LPT Company or prior to renewal and without the City’s authorization are not subject to renewal.

6.  Voided LPT Vehicle decals are not renewable in the year following their voidance. Once an LPT Vehicle decal is voided, an LPT Company may not renew that decal and instead must complete the initial application process if the LPT Company seeks a decal for that LPT Vehicle.

7.  LPT Vehicle decals issued by the Director shall not be leased, sold, transferred, or assigned in any manner.

8.  LPT Vehicle decals issued by the Director that are not returned to the City within 21 days upon revocation or upon a failure to renew are considered conversion of City property and an actionable offense in a court of competent jurisdiction.

D.  Vehicle Operating Conditions. In determining whether an LPT Vehicle meets the vehicle condition requirements, the vehicle shall at all times be maintained in good condition, repair and appearance which includes the following:

1.  All LPT Vehicle equipment and devices shall be properly equipped and maintained in good working order;

2.  At all times, LPT Vehicles shall include the following properly functioning components: a horn, lights, (including turn signals, back-up signals and interior lights) windshield wipers, windshield washers, heating/air conditioning systems, odometer, speedometer and mufflers, tail pipes, or other exhaust components that prevent unnecessary noise and smoke emissions;

3.  The LPT Vehicle body shall be free of major damage and broken or cracked equipment, including but not limited to, windows, lights, light covers, top light, and reflectors;

4.  LPT Vehicles shall be free of dirt, grease, grime, glue, or tape. This shall apply to the vehicle’s paint, upholstery, windows, floorboard, and integrated parts of the vehicle’s body;

5.  The LPT Vehicle shall include no missing nor makeshift parts for vehicles, including but not limited to fenders, hood, trunk lid, doors, door handles, windows, chrome or rubber strips, upholstery, ashtrays, or carpeting and may be equipped with studded tires only during time periods allowed by Oregon Law.

6.  Safe condition shall require that the vehicle is in compliance with the standards contained in ORS Title 59, Oregon Vehicle Code, and Chapters 801 through 823.

E.  Mandatory Compliance. LPT Vehicles shall be made available for compliance audits and enforcement actions upon request by the Director or law enforcement officers pursuant to Chapter 16.40.

F.  Unless otherwise noted, failure to comply with any provision in Section 16.40.660 is a Class B violation subject to penalties provided in Sections 16.40.930 through 16.40.950.