16.40.950 Criminal Penalties and General Appeals.

City Code Section

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

A.  It is unlawful to tamper with a taximeter, TNC application, or to conduct any fraudulent scheme with the intent to overcharge charge any person a fare greater than that allowed by a PFHT company.

B.  Any violation of Subsection 16.40.950 A. is punishable upon conviction by a fine of not more than $1,000 or imprisonment for not more than 6 months or both.

C.  In addition to the civil penalties listed in Section 16.40.930, any violation of Subsections 16.40.110 A. – C., 16.40.200 A. – C., 16.40.300 A. – C., 16.40.400 A. – C., 16.40.500 A. – C., 16.40.600 A. – C., 16.40.700 A. – C., and 16.40.800 A. is punishable, upon conviction, by imprisonment for not more than 6 months.

D.  Vehicles operated for-hire in violation of Sections 16.40.160, 16.40.260, 16.40.360, 16.40.460, and 16.40.660 are subject to vehicle towing and impoundment.

E.  Civil Penalties Appeals. Any person or entity assessed a civil penalty may appeal that decision to the Code Hearings Officer under the provisions of Chapter 22.10.

F.  Permit/Decal/Taxiplate Denials, Cancellations, Suspensions, and Revocations — Appeals and Exception.

1.  Any person or entity whose permit, certification, decal, or taxiplate application is denied, or whose permit, decal, or taxiplate is suspended or revoked, may appeal that decision to the Code Hearings Officer under the provisions of Chapter 22.10.

2.  If the suspension is due to a failure to timely pay a civil penalty when due, then the underlying reasons for the civil penalty may not be appealed to the Code Hearings Officer. In that situation, the person or entity may appeal only to the Code Hearings Officer to determine if the Bureau properly followed the notice requirements found in Section 16.40.940.

G.  Stays. If a timely appeal is made pursuant to this Section and does not meet the requirements in Subsection 16.40.940 F., the action appealed may be stayed pending the outcome of the appeal. This includes any civil penalty payment, suspension, or revocation.