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It is unlawful for any person to operate a taxicab in the City of Ashland without a Taxicab Driver Permit issued by the Police Department in accordance with the terms of this chapter.

A. Application for a Taxicab driver permit is to be made to the Police Chief, on a form provided by the City, accompanied by the fee established by resolution of the City council. The applicant must attach a certified copy of the applicant’s department of motor vehicle records, a copy of the applicant’s driver’s license, and two passport size photos of the applicant.

B. When the Police Chief receives the application he shall make such investigation of the applicant’s background as necessary to verify that each taxicab driver issued a permit:

1. Is 21 years of age or more,

2. Has not have been convicted of any crimes involving moral turpitude or dishonesty,

3. Possesses a valid Oregon driver’s license,

4. Has not had his or her driver’s license revoked by any state within the last five years, and

5. Did not make any false statements in the application.

C. If the Police Chief determines that the applicant meets the requirements of this section, the Police Chief may issue the permit. The permit expires one year from the date of issuance and may be renewed from year to year by filing a renewal application with the police department. The fee for a renewal permit shall be set by resolution of the City council. Failure to renew a license before expiration of the current taxicab driver permit shall result in late fees.

D. Denial of permit. No taxicab driver’s permit shall be issued or renewed to any person if the City determines, after a review of a person’s traffic, criminal record, and any other information the City deems pertinent, that the public health, welfare, and safety would not be served by the issuance or renewal of a permit to that person. If the application is denied, the applicant may, within seven days of notification of the denial by the City, appeal the matter in writing to the City Recorder and proceed through the administrative appeals process in AMC 2.30. (Ord. 2969, added, 10/21/2008; Ord. 2865 § 3, amended, 2001; Ord. 2855 § 9, amended, 2000; Ord. 2774 § 13, amended, 1996; Ord. 2735, amended, 1994)

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