§ 9-112-600

Taxicab rates of fare – Revision

a.

Commencing with the effective date of this Chapter, the rates of fare for taxicabs shall be as set forth in this section:

For the first 1/9 mile or fraction thereof:

$ 3.25
Forty-five cents of this initial mileage rate for the first ten taxicab fares which a driver transports per day is hereby designated for payment of workers’ compensation insurance.
For each additional 1/9 mile or fraction thereof: $ 0.20
For each 36 seconds of time elapsed: $ 0.20
For the first additional passenger over the age of 12 years and under the age of 65 years: $ 1.00
For each additional passenger, after the first additional passenger, over the age of 12 and under the age of 65 years: $ 0.50
Vomit clean-up fee: $ 50.00

b.

It is unlawful for any person to demand or collect any fare for taxicab service which is more than the rates established by the ordinance, or for any passenger to refuse payment of the fare so registered.

c.

If a taxicab is dispatched to transport a customer at the customer’s request, the taximeter may be activated two minutes after the arrival of the taxicab at the location to which it has been called, or at the time at which the taxicab was scheduled to arrive, whichever is later.  At all other times, the taximeter may be activated only upon the passenger’s entering the vehicle.

d.

Immediately on arrival at the passenger’s destination it shall be the duty of the chauffeur to put the meter in the non-recording position and to call the passenger’s attention to the fare registered.

e.

For destinations beyond the city limits, the fare is straight meter to the City limits and meter and a half from the City limits to the final destination, except for airport service as specified in 9-112-460 of this Code.

f.

Baggage of passengers shall be transported without charge.

g.

The city council may from time to time revise the rates of fare by general ordinance in conformity with the provision hereinafter set forth, which rates shall be just and reasonable.  The council, through its committee on transportation and public way, may hold a hearing to determine whether a revision of the rates of fare is necessary.  At such public hearings the committee shall:

i.

consider the sworn statements of gross income and expenses submitted by the licensees or chauffeurs;

ii.

consider the testimony and other evidence from any licensee or chauffeur who may wish to testify in support of the requested increase;

iii.

consider the effect of an increase in fares upon the public and take testimony from any interested individual or organization;

iv.

consider the fares and practices with respect to similar services in other cities of the United States;

v.

consider all other evidence or testimony which the committee deems to be relevant and material to a proper determination.

Upon completion of such hearings, said committee shall report to the council its findings and recommendations concerning a just and reasonable rate of fare.  If after receiving said findings and recommendations from the committee the council determines that a rate increase is proper, it shall increase the rates in an amount to insure adequate and efficient service to the public.

Any revision of rates of fares may be made by a change in the charge for the length of the first designated portion to the trip, or by a change in the charge for the balance of the trip, for waiting time or for each additional passenger or by any combination of such changes.  In making any such revision, the council may presume the average length of a trip to be as established by the licensee’s most current available records.

h.

In addition to the revision of rates of fare as provided in Section

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The city council, through its committee on transportation and public way, shall hold hearings to determine whether a general ordinance authorizing such a surcharge may be necessary due to economic conditions affecting all licenses in general.  A surcharge authorized by general ordinance under this section shall be of such duration, not to exceed 60 days, as the council may impose by such general ordinance.

(Added Coun. J. 1-18-12, p. 19118, § 1)

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