GROUND TRANSPORTATION

§ 115.240 Definitions
§ 115.241 Administration; Rules and Regulations
§ 115.242 Unlawful Conduct
§ 115.243 Applicaiton for Certificate to Provide Service
§ 115.244 Standars for Approval of Application for Certificate
§ 115.245 Applicaiton for Driver's Permit
§ 115.246 Standars for Issuance of the Annual Driver's Permit
§ 115.247 Hospitatlity and Safety Training Program
§ 115.248 Terms, Fees and Specifications of the Annual Driver's Permit
§ 115.249 Administration and Enforcement, Revocation and Penalty
§ 115.250 Inspection Stricker
§ 115.251 Inspection of Vehicles for Hire
§ 115.252 Cooperation with Department of Inspections, Permits and Licenses Required
§ 115.253 Rates of Fare
§ 115.254 Insurance or Indemnity Bond Requirements
§ 115.255 Display of Driver's Permit
§ 115.256 Clean and Safe Condition/Driver's Appearance
§ 115.257 Driver Conduct
§ 115.258 Cash Carried by the Driver
§ 115.259 Designation of Vehicles for Hire
§ 115.260 Use of Taximeter
§ 115.261 Receipts
§ 115.262 Solicitation, Acceptance and Discharge of Passengers
§ 115.263 Ground Tranportation Service
§ 115.264 Mainifest
§ 115.265 Records and Reports
§ 115.266 Advertising
§ 115.267 Use of Taxicab Stands
§ 115.268 Hotel/Motel Service
§ 115.269 Temporary Rules and Regulations
§ 115.270 Ground Transportation Advisory Committee


§ 115.240 DEFINITIONS.

For the purpose of this subchapter the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.

ADVISORY COMMITTEE. See § 115.270.

AIRPORT SHUTTLE. A vehicle authorized and used for the exclusive transportation of passengers and/or baggage for hire over regular routes approved by the Department between points within Louisville Metro and the airport. All trips must originate or terminate at an airport. Airport shuttles shall be vehicles designed or constructed to transport not more than 15 passengers plus the driver. Airport Shuttles will not be equipped with top lights, top signs, or taximeters.

APPROVED MECHANIC. A mechanic on a list maintained by the Department. The list shall contain the name of each mechanic that has applied to the Director for inclusion and who (a) has met all requirements of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, (b) does not own, lease or drive a vehicle for hire, (c) has no financial interest in any vehicle for hire, ground transportation service carrier, or taximeter installation/repair service, and (d) is not employed by any taximeter business.

CERTIFICATE. A certificate issued by the Department authorizing the holder thereof to provide a specific type of ground transportation service within Louisville Metro.

CERTIFICATE HOLDER. A person who has, owns, or controls a certificate issued by the Department to provide a specific type of ground transportation service.

CHARTER BUS. Any vehicle having a charter bus certificate pursuant to KRS 281.637, which operates over an irregular route and is authorized to transport a group of persons who, pursuant to a common purpose and under a single contract, was entered into at least 48 hours prior to the departure of the vehicle from its point of origin, and for a fixed charge for the vehicle have acquired the exclusive use of a passenger carrying motor vehicle to travel together as a group to a specific destination or for a particular itinerary. The vehicle will hold not less than 15 passengers or more than 25 passengers not including the driver. All carriers subject to this definition shall be prohibited from providing service to any person(s) who is not a member of the group, which entered into the contract for carriage. No pickup, drop-off or delivery service will be allowed at any intermediate points.

COURTESY VEHICLE. Any motor vehicle operated by a hotel or motel for the purpose of providing basic transportation to or from the hotel/motel for its customers and/or clientele at no charge, fare, or fee.

CRUISE. To drive a vehicle for hire on the streets or public places in Louisville Metro in search of soliciting prospective passengers for hire.

DEPARTMENT. The Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Department of Inspections, Permits, and Licenses.

DIRECTOR. The Director of the Department or his or her designee unless otherwise specifically provided.

DISABLED PERSONS VEHICLE. A motor vehicle, licensed by the state as the same and used, but not necessarily exclusively, for the transportation of persons with disabilities and designed and constructed to transport not more than 15 passengers plus the driver. A DISABLED PERSONS VEHICLE may contain a taximeter, top light or other identifying items that give it the appearance of a taxicab.

DOWNTOWN/AIRPORT FLAT-RATE ZONE. The geographical area bounded by the Ohio River to the north, the south side of Broadway to the south, by the east side of Clay Street to the east, and the west side of Eighth Street to the west.

DRIVER'S PERMIT, ANNUAL. The permit, excluding the temporary and special driver's permits, issued annually pursuant to this subchapter by the Director to a person 18 years of age or older to operate or drive a specific type of vehicle for hire in Louisville Metro.

DRIVER'S PERMIT, TEMPORARY. The status of a permit issued by the Director to an applicant for an annual driver's permit until the applicant complies with all training requirements for an annual permit.

FIXED RATE VEHICLE. Any vehicle authorized by the State of Kentucky to transport passengers for a fixed fare (not determined by a taximeter) and whose driver is employed by the certificate holder. (Examples include, but are not limited to, limousines, charter busses and airport shuttles.

GROUND TRANSPORTATION SERVICE CARRIER. A business that offers the service of transporting a person or persons within a vehicle for hire upon the streets of Louisville Metro in return for compensation which is given either at the time of transportation or at some other prearranged time or method.

HEARING OFFICER. Person(s) assigned by the Director to hear appeals regarding permit denials, revocations, suspensions or administrative penalties imposed regarding violations of this subchapter or the associated rules and regulations as promulgated by the Director.

INSPECTION STICKER. A sticker or emblem issued pursuant to this subchapter by the Director to the certificate holder or driver of a vehicle for hire evidencing that the vehicle for hire has been inspected as provided by this subchapter and is authorized to be operated on the streets of Louisville Metro.

INSPECTOR. A person designated by the Director to enforce the Code of Ordinances, and rules and regulations concerning ground transportation.

LICENSE. An authorization issued pursuant to this subchapter by the Director to the certificate holder or driver of a vehicle for hire evidencing that the vehicle for hire has been licensed as provided by this subchapter and is authorized to be operated on the streets of Louisville Metro.

LICENSED. To have a current Department license and a current inspection sticker as provided in this subchapter.

LIMOUSINE. A luxury motor vehicle passenger car, which has either a standard or an extended wheelbase. The vehicle shall have additional rear seating capacity, area, and comforts, but shall be designed or constructed to transport not more than 15 passengers plus the driver.

LOUISVILLE METRO. The geographic area of Jefferson County, Kentucky.

MANIFEST. A daily record prepared by a vehicle for hire driver of all trips made by such driver, showing time and place of origin, destination, number of passengers and the amount of fare of each trip.

MECHANICAL INSPECTION. An inspection performed by an approved mechanic that has met all requirements of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. The inspection will include, but is not limited to, all engine and body parts, hoses, fluids, exhaust system, braking system including associate lights, headlights, turning signals, backup lights and any other parts of the vehicle that would make the vehicle unsafe or not road worthy.

METRO GOVERNMENT. The Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government.

NEW DRIVER. A person who:

  1. Has never held a driver's permit;

  2. One who has allowed an issued driver's permit to expire for a period longer than 60 days; or

  3. One who has had a driver's permit revoked or suspended for longer than 60 days.

OWNER. Any certificate holder, driver, or any other person(s) who actually own or controls the vehicle, which is being operated as a vehicle for hire as defined under this subchapter. The OWNER shall be the person(s) to whom the vehicle is registered by the State of Kentucky, Department of Transportation.

PARA-TRANSIT VEHICLE. A vehicle designed and equipped to only allow the transportation of a person(s) confined to a wheelchair without requiring that person(s) to be removed from the wheelchair exclusive of the driver.

PERSON. Includes an individual, firm, partnership, corporation, company, association, or joint stock association, and includes any trustee, assignee, or personal representative thereof.

RATE CARD. A card approved by the Director for display in each vehicle for hire that contains the rates of fare, fees, and other approved charges.

SAFETY CERTIFICATE. An affidavit from an approved mechanic certifying that a particular vehicle for hire meets all vehicle safety standards set forth by the State of Kentucky and/or Metro Government pursuant to this subchapter as well as any regulations adopted pursuant to this subchapter.

SPECIAL DRIVER'S PERMIT. A permit issued by the Director for special events, with the approval of the certificate holder and the Department.

STATE CERTIFICATE. A certificate issued by the State of Kentucky Department of Transportation, granting authority for the operation of a given number of specific types of vehicles for hire to transport passengers in or from the corporate limits of Louisville Metro in a manner prescribed in the certificate.

STREETS. Every public road, avenue, alley, boulevard, way, bridge, viaduct, or trestle and the approaches to them, including off-street parking facilities and access ways offered for public use whether publicly or privately owned, except for-hire parking facilities described in KRS 189.700.

TAXICAB. A motor vehicle operated under one or more state-issued taxicab or disabled persons vehicle certificates, is designed or constructed to transport no more than 15 passengers exclusive of the driver, has a top light or top sign and a taximeter.

TAXICAB STAND. A public place alongside the curb of a street or elsewhere in Louisville Metro, which has been designated pursuant to all ordinances regulating the same as reserved exclusively for the use of taxicabs. A taxicab stand may be temporary or permanent.

TAXIMETER. A meter instrument or device attached to a taxicab that electronically or mechanically measures the distance driven and the waiting time on which the fare is based.

TEMPORARY AUTHORITY. An authority granted by the Director to a certificate holder to place a vehicle for hire into service for 90 days conditional upon the State of Kentucky Department of Transportation's approval.

VEHICLE FOR HIRE. Any public conveyance operated to transport passengers for compensation by meter, by contract or fixed rate that shall include limousines, taxicabs, charter buses, wheelchair accessible taxicabs, disabled person vehicles, and airport shuttles, but excludes courtesy and para-transit vehicles. A vehicle for hire must be affiliated with a certificate holder in order to operate in Louisville Metro.

WAITING TIME. The time when a taxicab is not in motion from the time of acceptance of a passenger to the time of discharge, but such term does not include any time that the taxicab is not in motion if due to any cause other than the request, acts or fault of a passenger.

WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE TAXICAB. A taxicab designed and equipped to allow the transportation of a person(s) confined to a wheelchair without requiring that person(s) to be removed from the wheelchair, but such taxicab is not restricted to transporting only wheelchair-bound persons.

(1999 Lou. Code, § 111.550) (Lou. Ord. No. 115-1979, approved 8-17-1979; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 218-1983, approved 8-30-1983; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 60-1986, approved 2-27-1986; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 370-1987, approved 12-28-1987; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 172-1996, approved 8-28-1996; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 0045-2002, § 1, approved 3-29-2002; Lou. Metro Am. Ord. No. 223-2005, approved 12-27-2005)

§ 115.241 ADMINISTRATION; RULES AND REGULATIONS.

  1. The Director shall exercise all administrative functions of the Metro Government in relation to the operation of a ground transportation service and vehicle for hire regulated under this subchapter.

  2. The Director shall have authority to promulgate such rules and regulations as are necessary for the orderly and complete administration of this subchapter. A copy of all rules and regulations promulgated pursuant to this subchapter shall, for a nominal fee, be provided to all persons requesting a copy.

  3. The Department will notify the certificate holders, permit holders, and Mayor of any change to the rules and regulations 90 days before their effective date, unless a shorter notice time is necessary to insure the orderly and complete administration of this subchapter.

(1999 Lou. Code, § 111.551) (Lou. Ord. No. 115-1979, approved 8-17-1979; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 370-1987, approved 12-28-1987; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 172-1996, approved 8-28-1996; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 0045-2002, § 1, approved 3-29-2002; Lou. Metro Am. Ord. No. 223-2005, approved 12-27-2005)

§ 115.242 UNLAWFUL CONDUCT.

  1. No person shall operate or permit to operate a ground transportation service within Louisville Metro without having first obtained a certificate.

  2. No person, driver, owner, or certificate holder shall operate, assist in the operation of or permit the operation of any vehicle as a vehicle for hire unless:

    1. Such vehicle is properly licensed;

    2. The driver of the vehicle has a valid driver's permit; and

    3. The provisions of subsections (A) and (B)(1) and (B)(2), above, do not apply when the vehicle is being operated by a duly sworn law enforcement officer in the course of his or her official duties.

  3. The provisions of subsections (A) and (B), above, shall not apply to any vehicle for hire, certificate holder, operator, or driver thereof, when the vehicle for hire is being used for, or such certificate holder or driver thereof is engaged in, the sole transportation for hire of passengers from a point outside the corporate limits of Louisville Metro to a point within the corporate limits of Louisville Metro.

  4. A vehicle for hire shall not be used nor shall the certificate holder or drivers thereof be authorized to pick up passengers within the corporate limits of Louisville Metro unless the vehicle for hire, the certificate holder, and the driver thereof are qualified to and do apply for and receive all the permits and licenses required by this subchapter.

(1999 Lou. Code, § 111.552) (Lou. Ord. No. 115-1979, approved 8-17-1979; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 370-1987, approved 12-28-1987; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 172-1996, approved 8-28-1996; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 0045-2002, § 1, approved 3-29-2002; Lou. Metro Am. Ord. No. 223-2005, approved 12-27-2005) Penalty, see § 115.999

§ 115.243 APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATE TO PROVIDE SERVICE.

  1. A notarized application for a certificate shall be filed with the Department upon forms provided by the Department and with payment of a nonrefundable fee of $100 for processing the application and issuing the certificate. In addition, the application shall include a non-refundable licensing fee of $30 for each vehicle for hire that is part of the application.

  2. Every certificate shall expire at 12:00 midnight, January 31st of each year. A new application and application fee must be filed with the Department by January 15 of each year in order to continue providing a ground transportation service. An annual license fee of $30 per current vehicle for hire will also be due at this time and at anytime throughout the license year when the certificate holder adds a vehicle for hire to their fleet.

  3. An application for a certificate shall at a minimum contain the following information:

    1. The applicant's full true name and mailing address;

      1. If the applicant is one or more natural persons, then all principal owners shall comply.

      2. If the applicant is other than a natural person or individual, such as a corporation, partnership, each officer, director, general partner, principal owner and each other person who will participate directly in decisions relating to management of the business shall sign the application for a license as the applicant and comply with the requirements of this section.

    2. Corporate name, partnership name, LLC name, or individual name;

    3. The legal name, including the registered trade name of the ground transportation service;

    4. The business address of the ground transportation service;

    5. The name, address, and telephone number of the registered agent for service of process for the ground transportation service;

    6. Revenue Commission number for the ground transportation service;

    7. If the applicant is not the owner of record of the real property, on which the business is located or to be located, the application should include the name and address of the owner of record of the real property;

    8. All convictions of, or forfeitures of bonds, pleas of guilty or nolo contendere to any felony or offenses by the applicant involving a controlled substance, prostitution, obscenity, or any crime of a sexual nature in any jurisdiction within five years immediately prior to the application;

    9. The financial status of the applicant, including any judgments against the applicant, together with information regarding the amount of any such judgment and the nature of the transaction or acts giving rise to such judgments. This information shall be presented in a certified financial statement current within 30 days of the date of application submission;

    10. The experience of the applicant in the transportation of passengers;

    11. The total number of vehicles authorized by the Kentucky Department of Transportation (supported by a copy of the state certificates, state inventory list for vehicles approved or letter authorizing the same), and fee receipt cards with the vehicle number; make; model; year of manufacture; passenger seating capacity; vehicle identification number; state-issued distinguishing license plate number, and state-issued vehicle license tag to be operated or controlled by the applicant;

    12. The location of the proposed depots and terminals;

    13. The color scheme, numbering sequence and insignia to be used to designate the vehicles of the applicant;

    14. Any commitment to deliver services in areas that are not currently being adequately served or service improvements above the level of service generally available from ground transportation service(s) currently operating in Louisville Metro;

    15. Any certificate holder authorized for 25 or more vehicles for hire must have 2% of its authorized vehicles as wheelchair accessible taxicabs (applies only to ground transportation service providers that furnish taxicab service);

    16. Procedures for training drivers;

    17. Rules and regulations governing driver appearance and conduct;

    18. Rates of fares for all vehicles for hire, except taxicabs;

    19. Such further information as the Department may require.

  4. A certificate holder must notify the Department prior to changing any material information contained in the application, such as, but not limited to, a change of address, company name, company officers, rules and regulations governing driver appearance or behavior, procedures for training drivers, ownership of the certificate holder, and removing or adding vehicles for hire.

(1999 Lou. Code, § 111.553) (Lou. Ord. No. 115-1979, approved 8-17-1979; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 370-1987, approved 12-28-1987; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 172-1996, approved 8-28-1996; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 0045-2002, § 1, approved 3-29-2002; Lou. Metro Am. Ord. No. 223-2005, approved 12-27-2005) Penalty, see § 115.999

§ 115.244 STANDARDS FOR APPROVAL OF APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATE.

  1. An applicant for a certificate will be eligible for consideration unless:

    1. Any of the owners, partners, officers or directors have been convicted of, forfeited a bond, or pleaded guilty or nolo contendere to a felony or offense involving a controlled substance, prostitution, obscenity, or any crime of a sexual nature in any jurisdiction within five years immediately preceding the date of application.

    2. Any of the owners, partners, officers or directors has violated any portion of this subchapter resulting in the revocation of a certificate held by them within five years immediately preceding the date of application.

    3. The applicant is not in good standing with the Secretary of State.

    4. The applicant is not in good standing with the Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Revenue Commission.

    5. There are unpaid administrative charges or penalties assessed against the applicant by the Department.

    6. The applications or any portion of the application is incomplete or contains incorrect or false information.

  2. The applicant shall be required to operate its vehicles for hire in accordance with KRS Chapter 189 requirements for the use of seat belts and child restraint systems and the applicant has in place a procedure whereby its customers are informed of these requirements.

  3. Time incarcerated and all other time associated with the completion of all penal requirements and conditions will not be counted as time when determining the period of time between conviction/offense and the date of application for any of the time frames set out within this section.

(1999 Lou. Code, § 111.554) (Lou. Ord. No. 115-1979, approved 8-17-1979; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 370-1987, approved 12-28-1987; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 89-1993, approved 5-13-1993; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 172-1996, approved 8-28-1996; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 0045-2002, § 1, approved 3-29-2002; Lou. Metro Am. Ord. No. 223-2005, approved 12-27-2005)

§ 115.245 APPLICATION FOR DRIVER'S PERMIT.

  1. A driver's permit may be requested from the Department by submitting an application on the form provided, and shall be verified under oath and shall contain the following information at a minimum:

    1. Applicant's name, residential address, telephone number, and date of birth.

    2. Applicant's gender, height, weight, color of eyes and hair, race and nationality.

    3. Applicant's residences for the five years preceding the date of application.

    4. Whether the applicant has ever been licensed as a chauffeur, commercial driver, or vehicle for hire driver, and if so, where and when.

    5. Whether the applicant has ever had a chauffeur's, commercial driver's, or driver's license suspended or revoked, and, if so, when and why.

    6. Notarized signature of the applicant verifying that the information on the application is true and complete.

  2. The applicant shall provide a copy of the following documents in addition to the application form:

    1. An "intent to lease or hire" form signed by the certificate holder.

    2. A valid Commonwealth of Kentucky driver's license if applying for a taxicab driver permit (KRS 281.635). All applicants for other types of vehicle for hire must present a valid driver's license.

    3. If not a U.S citizen, a current work permit or other valid United States Citizenship and Immigration Service documents.

    4. An official copy of the applicant's complete driving record from each state in which the applicant has lived during the past five years, as well as from any state where a driver's license has been suspended or revoked during the past five years.

    5. A criminal history from the Commonwealth of Kentucky and from each state in which they have lived during the past five years.

    6. Each applicant shall provide the Department with proof that they have an account with the Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Revenue Commission, and that their account is in good standing.

    7. Any other information deemed necessary by the Director.

  3. Each applicant and each driver, when licensed, shall inform the Director immediately whenever the information required by this section changes.

  4. At the time the application is filed, the applicant shall pay to the Department a nonrefundable fee of $30, plus the cost of the investigation, if needed.

(1999 Lou. Code, § 155.115) (Lou. Ord. No. 115-1979, approved 8-17-1979; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 370-1987, approved 12-28-1987; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 172-1996, approved 8-28-1996; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 0045-2002, § 1, approved 3-29-2002; Lou. Metro Am. Ord. No. 223-2005, approved 12-27-2005)

§ 115.246 STANDARDS FOR ISSUANCE OF THE ANNUAL DRIVER’S PERMIT.

  1. An applicant for a driver's permit will be eligible for consideration unless:

    1. The applicant has failed to provide all information required by § 115.245 and any other information or items requested by the Director;

    2. The Department determines that information provided by the applicant is incorrect or false;

    3. The applicant is not at least 18 years of age;

    4. The applicant for a taxicab driver permit does not possess a valid Kentucky operator's license (KRS 281.635). For all applicants for other types of vehicle for hire permits, the applicant does not possess a valid driver's license;

    5. The applicant has had any state issued driver's license suspended more than once within the past three years;

    6. The applicant has, within the past five years, been convicted, pled guilty, been placed on diversion, or pled nolo contendere for violation of any of the following criminal offenses under the laws of any state or of the United States:

      1. Homicide;

      2. Rape;

      3. Aggravated assault or battery;

      4. Kidnapping;

      5. Robbery;

      6. Burglary;

      7. Child molestation;

      8. Prostitution;

      9. Any sex-related offense;

      10. Leaving the scene of an accident;

      11. Criminal solicitation;

      12. Criminal attempt to commit any of the above-mentioned offenses;

      13. The felony possession, sale or distribution of narcotic drugs or controlled substances;

      14. Being in the arrears on court ordered child support payments;

      15. Hit and run (limited to past three years if the offense did not involve an injury or death);

      16. Driving under the influence (limited to past three years if the offense did not involve an injury or death);

      17. Reckless or careless driving (limited to past three years if the offense did not involve an injury or death); or

      18. Fraud or abuse of a medical assistance program or any other government subsidized transportation assistance program or any transportation program approved by the state.

    7. For an initial permit, no more than three moving violations assigned to the applicant within the last three years immediately preceding the date of application and no more than two moving violations in the last year immediately preceding the date of application.

    8. For renewal permit, no more than four moving violations assigned to the applicant within the last three years immediately preceding the date of application and no more than two moving violations in the last year immediately preceding the date of application.

    9. The applicant has been convicted of two or more felony offenses within the past ten years immediately preceding the date of application

    10. The applicant has been convicted within two years immediately preceding the date of application of the violation of two or more sections of the Metro Government Code of Ordinances governing the operation of vehicles for hire.

    11. Any applicant shall, in addition to any disqualifications listed above, be disqualified if he or she commits perjury or makes any false statement(s) in connection with the application for a driver's permit.

  2. If, at the time of application, the applicant is charged with any of the offenses listed above in subsection (A), consideration of the application shall be deferred until entry of a plea, conviction, acquittal, dismissal, or other final disposition of the charges.

  3. Time incarcerated and all other time associated with the completion of all penal requirements and conditions will not be counted as time when determining the period of time between conviction/offense and the date of application for any of the time frames set out in subsection (A), above.

  4. The Director may waive the findings required by subsections (A) through (C), above, upon a showing of good cause by the applicant. The waiver shall be in writing and include the specific reasons for the waiver. The waiver shall be attached to the applicant's file maintained by the Director. Good cause may be shown either by a person's compliance with or participation in a rehabilitation program or by the fact that a conviction for an offense described in § 115.246(A)(6) has not occurred within five years preceding the date of application.

  5. Upon approval of an application for a driver's permit, the Department shall issue a permit to the applicant, which shall bear the name, driver's license number, gender, height, weight, date of birth, and photograph of the applicant.

(1999 Lou. Code, § 111.556) (Lou. Ord. No. 115-1979, approved 8-17-1979; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 370-1987, approved 12-28-1987; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 89-1993, approved 5-13-1993; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 172-1996, approved 8-28-1996; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 0045-2002, § 1, approved 3-29-2002; Lou. Metro Am. Ord. No. 223-2005, approved 12-27-2005) Penalty, see § 115.999

§ 115.247 HOSPITALITY AND SAFETY TRAINING PROGRAM.

  1. Every new driver of a taxicab and airport shuttle shall attend an approved hospitality and safety-training program within 60 days of receiving a temporary driver's permit.

  2. Every previously licensed taxicab and airport shuttle driver shall attend an approved hospitality and safety-training course or refresher course within the year before applying for renewal of a driver's permit.

  3. Temporary driver's permits issued to new drivers shall expire after 60 days from the date of their issuance unless the Director or staff has been notified by the approved hospitality and safety training course staff that the required training has been completed.

  4. Upon such expiration of a permit, the driver shall not operate any vehicle for hire until such time as he or she has completed training, and makes application for and is issued a new driver's permit.
  5. In the event that a previously licensed driver fails to satisfactorily complete the required training before the expiration of his or her current permit, such driver may not apply for renewal of a permit but shall be treated as a new driver.

(1999 Lou. Code, § 111.557) (Lou. Ord. No. 115-1979, approved 8-17-1979; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 125-1979, approved 9-17-1979; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 370-1987, approved 12-28-1987; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 172-1996, approved 8-28-1996; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 0045-2002, § 1, approved 3-29-2002; Lou. Metro Am. Ord. No. 223-2005, approved 12-27-2005) Penalty, see § 115.999

§ 115.248 TERMS, FEES AND SPECIFICATIONS OF THE ANNUAL DRIVER'S PERMIT.

  1. The annual driver's permit shall be valid until the last day of the driver's birth month.

  2. A renewal of the annual driver's permit shall be issued upon a complete renewal application being submitted to the Department containing all the information required for an initial driver's permit which includes that the applicant seeking a renewal permit does not have any disqualifiers that would have prevented them from receiving an initial driver's permit. Submitted along with the renewal application shall be the following:

    1. An intent to lease/hire from the applicable certificate holder;

    2. Kentucky driving record for the previous year;

    3. Criminal history report for the previous year;

    4. Proof of completion of annual safety training program, as required in § 115.247, within the year preceding the renewal application date; an

    5. Report certifying the applicant is in good standing with the Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Revenue Commission.

  3. A driver who fails to pay any administrative penalties or who has failed to adhere to any administrative disciplinary penalties imposed for any violation of this subchapter or its rules and regulations shall be ineligible to renew the driver's permit.

  4. A driver whose driver's permit has been revoked shall not be eligible to renew his or her permit unless they fully meet all the requirements for the issuance of an initial permit as detailed within this subchapter.

  5. If the driver's permit holder is no longer qualified to hold the driver's permit at the time of renewal, the Department shall not issue the renewal permit and the certificate holder shall be notified of this decision and the reasons for the same.

  6. Fees and duration. An applicant may apply at any time in the calendar year cycle. All applicants shall pay a non-refundable fee of $30 at the time of application.

  7. When a driver changes affiliation from one certificate holder to another, prior to the change, he or she must:

    1. Surrender their driver's permit to the Department

    2. Be issued a new driver's permit for the new affiliation;

    3. Place the surrendered driver's permit in inactive status until the permit expires; and

    4. Pay a $30 transfer fee to reactivate an old permit and/or change from one certificate holder to another.

  8. The Director may issue a special temporary driver's permit for special events. This permit shall be valid for a period of 15 days beginning 13 days before the event and shall expire two days after the event. The fee for this permit shall be $30.

  9. In the event of the loss of a driver's permit, a duplicate permit may be issued upon the request of the driver and the payment of a $15 processing fee.

(1999 Lou. Code, § 111.558) (Lou. Ord. No. 115-1979, approved 8-17-1979; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 125-1979, approved 9-17-1979; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 370-1987, approved 12-28-1987; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 172-1996, approved 8-28-1996; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 0045-2002, § 1, approved 3-29-2002; Lou. Metro Am. Ord. No. 223-2005, approved 12-27-2005)

§ 115.249 ADMINISTRATION AND ENFORCEMENT; REVOCATION AND PENALTY.

  1. Upon learning of a violation for which the Director proposes to suspend or revoke a license, inspection sticker, driver's permit, or a certificate, or levy or impose an administrative penalty, the Director will give written notice of the alleged violation(s) to the affected driver and/or certificate holder, and the manner in which a hearing on the matter may be requested. The written notice of the alleged violation shall include at a minimum, the following:

    1. The name and address of the person to whom the penalty is issued;

    2. The facts constituting the offense;

    3. The section of the administrative code or of this subchapter, which has been violated;

    4. The procedure for the person to follow in order to contest the offense;

    5. The right for the person to present evidence on his or her own behalf;

    6. The amount of the penalty the person may pay within ten days of receipt of the notice, if an appeal is not requested;

    7. The right of the person to hire legal counsel to represent him or her at the hearing; an

    8. If a violation is sustained at the hearing, a fee of $25 will be assessed for the costs of conducting such hearing. This fee will be in addition to any penalties that may be assessed as a result of the hearing

  2. Upon the receipt of the written notice of violation, the person receiving the notice may either pay the fine imposed or the person may file an appeal to the Director within ten days of the receipt of the written notice.

  3. When a hearing has been requested, the Director shall schedule a hearing. The hearing shall be conducted within 30 days of the date of the request, unless the requester wants or agrees to a continuance not to exceed 14 days.

  4. Not less than seven days before the date of the hearing, the Director shall notify the requester of the date, time, and place of the hearing. The notice may be given by first class mail or by personal delivery.

  5. Any person requesting a hearing before the Director or Hearing Officer who fails to appear at the time and place set for the hearing shall be deemed to have waived the right to a hearing to contest the citation and the determination that a violation was committed shall be final. The Director or Hearing Officer shall enter a final order determining the violation was committed and shall impose the penalties set forth in the written notice or provide orders for compliance or prohibition as may be authorized by law. A copy of the final order shall be served upon the person found to have committed a violation.

  6. At the hearing, testimony shall be taken from the inspector, the alleged violator, and any witnesses to the violation offered by the inspector or alleged violator. Formal rules of evidence shall not apply, but fundamental due process shall be observed and shall govern the proceedings.

  7. The Director or Hearing Officer shall, based on the evidence, determine whether a violation was committed. If it determines that no violation was committed, an order dismissing the written notice of violation shall be entered. If the Director or Hearing Officer determines that a violation was committed, an order shall be issued either assessing an administrative penalty, suspending or revoking a driver's permit, whether special, temporary or annual, or suspending or revoking a certificate.

  8. Every final order of the Director or Hearing Officer shall be reduced to writing, which shall include the date the order was issued. A copy shall be furnished to the person named in the written notice. If the person named in the written notice is not present when the final order is issued, the order shall be delivered in accordance with the same procedure as set forth in subsection (D), above.

  9. The Director may cause immediate suspension or revocation of a license, inspection sticker, or driver's permit under the following circumstances:

    1. For violation(s) of any federal, state, or local law which would constitute grounds for denial of a driver's permit;

    2. For a driver's failure or refusal to comply with the requirements of this subchapter or related regulations or refusal to cooperate with reasonable requests made by an inspector investigating complaints or conducting the semiannual or periodic random inspections pursuant to the operating procedures of the Department in the performance of his or her duties; or

    3. For serious violations of applicable ordinances or regulations when such action is deemed warranted by the Director for reasons of public health or safety. At the time of such action, the driver and/or certificate holder against whom such action is being taken shall be notified in writing of the manner in which a hearing on the matter may be requested.

  10. A certificate to provide ground transportation service may be suspended, revoked, or have an administrative penalty assessed against it for the following:

    1. Failure to provide the accurate and complete information required on the annual or renewal application;

    2. Failure to have in force the state-issued certificate of authorization to operate a ground transportation service in Louisville Metro;

    3. Failure to have in force the required liability insurance, indemnity bond or plan of self-insurance;

    4. Failure to pay any Metro Government tax, license fee, or any other type fee and/or tax required by law;

    5. Failure to satisfy any administrative sanctions or penalties imposed by the Department; or

    6. Substantive or repetitive disregard of any Metro Government ordinances and applicable statutes and rules and regulations that specify certificate holders responsibilities and/or obligations.

  11. Any administrative suspension of authorized operating privileges may be converted, if approved by the Director, to an administrative fine at the following rates:

    1. Driver's permit. Each day of suspension to a fine of $25 per day of suspension.

    2. License, inspection sticker. Each day of suspension to a fine of $25 per day of suspension.

    3. Certificate to provide ground transportation services. Each day of suspension to a fine of $100 per day of suspension.

  12. All orders of revocation, suspension, or administrative penalties shall be imposed and signed by the Director.

  13. A driver's permit is the property of the Metro Government, and when said permit is suspended or revoked, the driver shall immediately surrender the permit to the Department. Upon the request of the Department, the certificate holder shall assist the Department in gaining possession of a suspended or revoked driver's permit.

  14. Point system.

    1. Each violation or penalty is assigned a certain number of points, according to the seriousness of the offense. The purpose of this is to establish a criterion whereby the discretion allowed in determining the penalty can not be exercised arbitrarily, each permit and/or certificate holder will know or can determine his or her "point" status at any given time.

    2. Points shall be assessed or suspensions invoked based upon convictions and payment of penalties (with or without an administrative hearing) for violations regardless of whether the conviction is received from an administrative hearing, court of competent jurisdiction within the State of Kentucky or any other jurisdiction. Information regarding convictions may be secured from any official sources or records available to public or Departmental inspections. Upon the accumulation of 12 points by any driver or certificate holder within a period of two years, the Department shall suspend the driver's permit or certificate for a period of six months for the first such accumulation of 12 points, one year for the second such accumulation of 12 points, and two years for any subsequent accumulation of 12 points within the two year period.

    3. No person's rights under this subchapter will be suspended without first being given an opportunity to appeal the matter, unless the appeal rights have been voluntarily waived by the driver or certificate holder.

      Administrative Warning = No Fine = 1 Point
      One Day Suspension = $25 Fine = 3 Points
      Two Days Suspension = $50 Fine = 6 Points
      Three Days Suspension = $75 Fine = 9 Points
      Four Days Suspension = $100 Fine = 12 Points

  15. Each day of continued violation shall be considered a separate offense.

(1999 Lou. Code, § 111.559) (Lou. Ord. No. 115-1979, approved 8-17-1979; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 218-1983, approved 8-30-1983; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 370-1987, approved 12-28-1987; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 81-1990, approved 3-29-1990; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 172-1996, approved 8-28-1996; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 0045-2002, § 1, approved 3-29-2002; Lou. Metro Am. Ord. No. 223-2005, approved 12-27-2005) Penalty, see § 115.999

§ 115.250 INSPECTION STICKER.

  1. The certificate holder is solely responsible for obtaining an inspection sticker for every vehicle for hire authorized under its certificate. The inspection sticker must be displayed on the vehicle as prescribed by the Director.

  2. An application for an inspection sticker shall be filed by the certificate holder of the affected vehicle for hire with the Director on forms provided by the Department and said application shall contain the following information:

    1. The legal name, including the registered trade name, of the certificate holder of the vehicle(s) for hire; and

    2. The number of vehicles for hire for which the certificate holder is making application; and

    3. The make, model, type, year of manufacture, and passenger seating capacity of each vehicle for hire; and the vehicle number, vehicle identification number, license plate number, the state-issued license tag number and the county in which the vehicle is registered, for each vehicle; and

    4. Any other information required by the Director.

  3. Each application shall be accompanied by the following:

    1. A certificate of insurance, copy of an indemnity bond, or plan of self-insurance approved by the State of Kentucky, Department of Transportation for each vehicle for hire; and

    2. A safety certificate signed by an approved mechanic for each vehicle for hire must be submitted to the Department prior to the inspection of any vehicle for hire. This verification must be in the from of an affidavit from the certificate holder to the Department with a statement in the affidavit certifying that all the requirements set forth in this subchapter regarding mechanical inspection have been met. This affidavit shall be attached to the roster of vehicles for hire to be inspected; and

    3. Any other information required by the Director.

  4. Each applicant and certificate holder shall inform the Director immediately whenever the information required by this section changes.

  5. Each vehicle for hire for which application is being made shall be properly registered in and/or have its title transferred within Louisville Metro. Vehicles purchased outside Louisville Metro to be utilized as vehicles for hire shall have their registrations properly transferred within Louisville Metro prior to the issuance of the License or the inspection sticker. Vehicles not registered in Kentucky may be utilized as vehicles for hire for temporary periods, not to exceed 30 days in a 12-month period, upon application being made and payment of a $20 fee per vehicle.

  6. The Director shall, on consideration of the application and the items attached thereto, approve the application for an inspection sticker whenever the following findings are made:

    1. The applicant has been granted a certificate(s), or issued a letter, by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Department of Transportation, authorizing the applicant to operate the designated number of vehicles for hire at, from or within Louisville Metro; and

    2. There is in full force and effect an indemnity bond, liability insurance policy or approved plan of self-insurance as required by this subchapter for each vehicle for hire which application is made; and

    3. The applicant has provided the information and items requested in this subchapter and any other information required by the Director; and

    4. The information provided and statements made are determined to be true and correct.

  7. On approval of an application for an inspection sticker, payment of a $20 fee, and the successful completion of the inspection for each initial and semiannual inspection, the Director shall issue an inspection sticker to the applicant. The inspection sticker shall be in effect for a maximum of six months and shall expire at midnight on April 30 and October 31 each year. A renewal inspection sticker for each six-month period thereafter shall be issued upon compliance by the certificate holder with the requirements of this subchapter and the related rules and regulations.

  8. The Director shall prescribe the size, form, and content of each inspection sticker and shall prescribe the manner in which the inspection sticker shall be displayed upon the vehicle for hire.

(1999 Lou. Code, § 111.560) (Lou. Ord. No. 115-1979, approved 8-17-1979; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 370-1987, approved 12-28-1987; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 172-1996, approved 8-28-1996; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 0045-2002, § 1, approved 3-29-2002; Lou. Metro Am. Ord. No. 223-2005, approved 12-27-2005)

§ 115.251 INSPECTION OF VEHICLES FOR HIRE.

  1. Each vehicle for hire for which application for an inspection sticker is made shall be inspected by the Director or the Director's designee, before the inspection sticker is issued. The inspection shall verify that each vehicle conforms to the following requirements including, but not limited to:

    1. For taxicabs only, a cash box securely installed in the interior of the vehicle within normal view of the passengers, or installed in the trunk of the vehicle. The cash box shall be the repository for cash received by the driver during his or her operation of the vehicle and shall remain locked when the vehicle is available to the public for its use. The type construction, operation, placement, installation, and securing of the cash box shall comply with regulations as may be prescribed by the Director. The installation of a cash box shall be optional at the election of the company and/or driver;

    2. For taxicabs only, conspicuous notice clearly visible to passenger(s) from the exterior on both sides of the vehicle and to passengers inside the vehicle to the effect that the drivers cannot carry more than $50 in cash for the purpose of making change;

    3. The proper designation as provided in § 115.259;

    4. A taximeter fastened in a location that is visible to all passengers at all times of day and night;

      1. Taximeters may be operated electronically or mechanically by a mechanism of standard design and construction driven either from the transmission or from one of the front wheels by a flexible and permanently attached driving mechanism.

      2. Each taximeter shall be sealed at all points and connections, which, if manipulated, would affect their correct reading and recording.

      3. Each taximeter shall have thereon a flag or light to denote when the vehicle is employed and when it is not employed.

      4. Buses, charter buses, limousines, airport shuttles and other Department approved fixed rate vehicles shall be exempt from this section.

    5. A current map of Louisville Metro in a place immediately accessible to the driver;

    6. Functional seat belts being accessible for each passenger seat in the vehicle;

    7. The vehicle for hire is capable of allowing the passenger(s) to be able to open the passenger's doors or windows from the passenger's seat;

    8. Any tinting of any windows of the vehicle for hire complies with state law;

    9. All windows, windshields, and bumpers are free from decals or stickers that do not pertain to the person or the ground transportation service industry in general;

    10. An inspection fee in the amount of $20 shall be paid by the certificate holder for each vehicle that is to be inspected before the issuance of the inspection sticker. The inspection fee shall apply to all required initial and semiannual inspections;

    11. The vehicle for hire operated as a taxicab is no more than eight calendar years beyond the manufacturer's model year unless approved by the Director. The following table is provided to further illustrate how this provision works:

      Manufacturer's
      Model Year Retirement Date
      1997 2005
      1998 2006
      1999 2007
      2000 2008
      2001 2009
      2002 2010

    12. For taxicabs only, on the front right visor and on the backside of the front seat facing the rear there shall be a permanent display listing:

      1. The company's name;

      2. The taxicab number;

      3. The Metrocall number for complaints/questions/service concerns;

      4. Seat belts and child restraints must be used in accordance with all state and local laws;

      5. A statement, which says, "All fares must be metered except to and from Downtown/ Airport Flat Rate Zone."; and

      6. Rates of fares displayed on their own and/or by a rate card as approved by the Director.

  2. If the certificate holder has 50 or more vehicles for hire licensed by the Department and can safely and adequately accommodate the inspection process, the semiannual inspections may be performed at the certificate holder's designated place of business.

  3. The certificate holder and/or owner will be informed promptly of inspection results when a vehicle for hire fails to meet the requirements of the inspection.

  4. Re-inspections. Every vehicle for hire operating under a license and inspection sticker issued pursuant to this subchapter shall be re-inspected at a minimum of six month intervals or at such shorter intervals as may be prescribed or required by the Director, based upon a lapse of time or miles driven between re-inspections, the occurrence of certain incidents, or the condition of the vehicle.

  5. Nothing in this subchapter shall preclude the Director, an inspector, any Metro Government police officer, airport authority police officer, or any law enforcement officer, from inspecting within their jurisdiction a vehicle for hire and/or its operator at any time with or without a complaint filed by any person or agency.

  6. New vehicles (those having less than 1,000 actual miles on the odometer) are exempt from the initial mechanical inspection requirement above.

  7. Nothing contained herein is intended to preclude any Department inspector from requesting and receiving verification of mechanical reliability of any vehicle for hire at any time, if in the inspector's judgment, the mechanical reliability of the vehicle is in question. The Department has the right, power, and authority to check for compliance and substantiate any stated or claimed inspection compliance as submitted to that office as required by this subchapter. Further, during normal business hours, the certificate holder shall provide access to and the cooperation of any party responsible for conducting of the mechanical inspection.
  8. The certificate holder also at the certificate holder's garage or expense will provide garage facilities for the Department evaluation and assessment of the mechanical inspection if and when requested by an inspector of the Department.

  9. The certificate holder and/or the driver may be held accountable for the reliability and accuracy of the reported inspection and/or any repairs made to correct deficiencies found. Any one falsely claiming to have met the requirements of a mechanical inspection when in fact the requirements were un-addressed or not met, is subject to revocation of the inspection sticker and an administrative sanction against the applicable certificate holder and/or driver.

  10. Every vehicle for hire driver and certificate holder shall be responsible for insuring that evaluation cards issued by the Department are available to every driver. An evaluation card shall be offered to the primary passenger (passenger that pays the fare) of a vehicle for hire. The driver shall inform the passengers of the availability of the evaluation card and shall give a card to each and every passenger requesting one. Every driver and certificate holder shall be responsible for insuring pamphlets and other forms of literature that serve the interest of Metro Government as authorized by the Department are available to passengers of vehicles for hire in a location and format prescribed by the Department.

  11. All drivers and certificate holders shall insure that a vehicle for hire shall be equipped with an air conditioning system capable of maintaining a temperature of 80º F. or less in the rear passenger compartment at head height during the months of March through October. The air conditioning is to be engaged at the passenger's request or if the outside temperature is above 80º F. unless the passenger requests otherwise.

  12. All drivers and certificate holders shall insure that all vehicles for hire operated pursuant to this subchapter shall have a heating system capable of achieving at least 60º F. in the rear passenger compartment at head height during the months of October through April. The heating system is to be engaged at the passenger's request or if the outside temperature is below 50º F. unless the passenger requests otherwise.

(1999 Lou. Code, § 111.561) (Lou. Ord. No. 115-1979, approved 8-17-1979; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 370-1987, approved 12-28-1987; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 172-1996, approved 8-28-1996; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 0045-2002, § 1, approved 3-29-2002; Lou. Metro Am. Ord. No. 223-2005, approved 12-27-2005) Penalty, see § 115.999

§ 115.252 COOPERATION WITH DEPARTMENT OF INSPECTIONS, PERMITS AND LICENSES REQUIRED.

It shall be unlawful to mislead or make false statements to any inspector or police officer investigating a complaint or conducting an inspection pertaining to a vehicle for hire. It shall also be unlawful to make false statements or mislead any administrative staff of the Department in the processing of any application for permits, licenses, inspection stickers, or certificates, or in the investigation of any complaint, inspection or administrative process.

(1999 Lou. Code, § 111.563) (Lou. Ord. No. 115-1979, approved 8-17-1979; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 370-1987, approved 12-28-1987; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 172-1996, approved 8-28-1996; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 0045-2002, § 1, approved 3-29-2002; Lou. Metro Am. Ord. No. 223-2005, approved 12-27-2005) Penalty, see § 115.999

§ 115.253 RATES OF FARE.

The following maximum rates of fare and fees are what may be charged for the use of a vehicle for hire and must be readily available to passengers in a manner prescribed within this subchapter or approved by the Department.

  1. Taxicabs.

    1. Hourly rate: $20.75 per hour for one or more passengers.

    2. Mileage rate: $4.10 for the first mile or less and $1.95 for each additional mile.

    3. Each taximeter shall be calibrated to measure mileage in distances less than or equal to 1/10 of a mile.

      1. The mileage rate shall be equally apportioned over the distances measured by the taximeter, except that an initial drop fee may be assessed for the first mile so that the taximeter reflects the authorized rate.

      2. A passenger surcharge of $3 per passenger over four will be allowed to be added to the metered or flat rate of fare.

      3. Waiting time: $.30 for each one minute of waiting time or fraction thereof, except for transportation fares involving Kentucky Medical Assistance Program recipients, for whom no waiting time shall be charged.

      4. Any other charges or tolls to enter or leave any passenger terminals, to use cross roads or bridges or pick up or discharge passengers at public facilities, shall be borne by the passenger(s) in addition to the metered rate of fare. Flat rate fares cannot add any additional charges.

    4. Airport rates: For all trips originating at the Louisville International Airport and having a destination other than a private residence, the maximum rate of fare shall be the metered fare plus all fees, tolls, or charges assessed by the Regional Airport Authority. Fees for waiting time maybe added as they are to all taxi metered fares. If the metered fare plus all additional charges except for waiting time is less than $8.65, a maximum flat rate of $8.65 may be charged.

    5. Downtown/airport flat rate zone fare: There is a flat rate of $17 for fares between Louisville International Airport and downtown, with no intermediate stops. No additional charges whatsoever may be assessed for a flat rate fare with the exception that a passenger surcharge of $3 per passenger over four will be allowed to be added.

    6. Taxicab and disabled persons vehicle drivers shall be required to take the shortest and most reasonable routes for all fares unless instructed by the passenger to do otherwise.

    7. Drivers shall be required to transport all Kentucky Medical Assistance Program voucher passengers directly to and from the scheduled medical appointment, and shall not deviate nor detour from the shortest available route, nor make any additional stops, even if requested to do so by the passenger.


      1. The Director is hereby authorized to declare a fuel emergency and to authorize a fuel surcharge to be added to the Taxicab rate when the cost of gasoline exceeds $2.50 per gallon, according to the American Automobile Association's published gasoline costs for medium grade gasoline for a period of 15 days. The allowable surcharge of 5% rounded to the nearest $.05 will be added to the rates of fare authorized in this section. Any taxicab operator or company implementing this surcharge shall reset its taximeters and flat rate schedules to include the 5% surcharge, and the Director shall provide a form notice of the surcharge to each taxicab company, and said company shall cause a copy of the notice to be placed in each licensed taxicab. The Director is further authorized to terminate the surcharge when the cost of gasoline falls below $2.50 per gallon according to the American Automobile Association's published rates for medium grade gasoline for a period of 15 consecutive days, or to extend the surcharge in 30 day increments if the cost of gasoline remains above $2.50 per gallon based upon gasoline costs for medium grade gasoline as published by the American Automobile Association.

      2. The Director is hereby authorized to declare a fuel emergency and to authorize a fuel surcharge, which will be in addition to the surcharges in subsection (8)(a), above, to be added to the taxicab rate when the cost of gasoline exceeds $3 per gallon, according to the American Automobile Association's published gasoline costs for medium grade gasoline for a period of 15 days. The allowable surcharge of 5% rounded to the nearest five cents will be added to the rates of fare authorized in this section. Any taxicab operator or company implementing this surcharge shall reset its taximeters and flat rate schedules to include the 5% surcharge, and the Director shall provide a form notice of the surcharge to each taxicab company, and said company shall cause a copy of the notice to be placed in each licensed taxicab. The Director is further authorized to terminate the surcharge when the cost of gasoline falls below $3 per gallon according to the American Automobile Association's published rates for medium grade gasoline for a period of 15 consecutive days, or to extend the surcharge in 30 day increments if the cost of gasoline remains above $3 per gallon based upon gasoline costs for medium grade gasoline as published by the American Automobile Association.

      3. The Director is hereby authorized to declare a fuel emergency and to authorize a fuel surcharge, which will be in addition to the surcharges in subsections (8)(a) and (8)(b), above, to be added to the taxicab rate when the cost of gasoline exceeds $3.50 per gallon, according to the American Automobile Association's published gasoline costs for medium grade gasoline for a period of 15 days. The allowable surcharge of 5% rounded to the nearest five cents will be added to the rates of fare authorized in this section. Any taxicab operator or company implementing this surcharge shall reset its taximeters and flat rate schedules to include the 5% surcharge, and the Director shall provide a form notice of the surcharge to each taxicab company, and said company shall cause a copy of the notice to be placed in each licensed taxicab. The Director is further authorized to terminate the surcharge when the cost of gasoline falls below $3.50 per gallon according to the American Automobile Association's published rates for medium grade gasoline for a period of 15 consecutive days, or to extend the surcharge in 30 day increments if the cost of gasoline remains above $3.50 per gallon based upon gasoline costs for medium grade gasoline as published by the American Automobile Association.

  2. Fixed rate vehicles.

    1. The fares for all fixed rate vehicles shall be approved by the Director prior to implementation.

    2. All fixed rate vehicles that operate solely on an established route must have the routes, including all intermediate stops and timetables for departures and arrivals, approved by the Department prior to implementation.

    3. The maximum allowable fares, except for limousines, shall never exceed the maximum rates of fare allowed in § 115.253 for taxicabs.

  3. General.

    1. Nothing contained in § 115.253 pertaining to rates of fare shall constitute a minimum rate of fare for fixed rate vehicles nor preclude the certificate holder or driver from charging a rate of fare less than the allowable maximum rate of fare for taxicabs.

    2. The driver and certificate holder must insure that the maximum rates of fare are readily available to all passengers. The Department must approve the format and medium used to distribute this information to the passenger.

    3. Upon application received from certificate holder to the Director, special rates of fares maybe authorized for special events held within Louisville Metro. The application must list factual reasons that would justify the authorization of special rates of fare.

(1999 Lou. Code, § 111.564) (Lou. Ord. No. 115-1979, approved 8-17-1979; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 370-1987, approved 12-28-1987; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 172-1996, approved 8-28-1996; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 068-2000, approved 6-28-2000; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 0045-2002, § 1, approved 3-29-2002; Lou. Metro Am. Ord. No. 133-2005, approved 9-9-2005; Lou. Metro Am. Ord. No. 223-2005, approved 12-27-2005) Penalty, see § 115.999

§ 115.254 INSURANCE OR INDEMNITY BOND REQUIREMENTS.

  1. (A) Each vehicle for hire under this subchapter must have a certificate of insurance with the declaration of the vehicle covered, a copy of an indemnity bond, or plan of self-insurance approved by the State of Kentucky, Department of Transportation in full force and effect with basic reparation benefits in amounts not less than the types and amounts as required in KRS 218.655, except each taxicab must have in full force and effect the following coverage:

    1. Liability coverage of not less than $50,000 for all damages arising out of bodily injury sustained by any one person;

    2. Liability coverage of $100,000 for all damages arising out of bodily injury sustained by all persons injured as a result of any one accident; plus

    3. Liability coverage of not less than $25,000 for all damages arising out of damage to or destruction of property, including loss of use thereof, as a result of any one accident arising out of ownership, maintenance, use, loading, or unloading of the insured vehicle.

  2. The policy shall name Metro Government as an additional insured.

  3. The certificate holder shall furnish satisfactory evidence that such insurance is in effect and will not be cancelled during the term, or renewal term of the certificate without 30 days prior written notice of cancellation to the Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government.

  4. Any claim for damages in excess of $1,000 per occurrence made to a certificate holder or its insurer shall be reported to the Department quarterly.

(1999 Lou. Code, § 111.565) (Lou. Ord. No. 115-1979, approved 8-17-1979; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 370-1987, approved 12-28-1987; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 172-1996, approved 8-28-1996; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 0045-2002, § 1, approved 3-29-2002; Lou. Metro Am. Ord. No. 223-2005, approved 12-28-2005) Penalty, see § 115.999

§ 115.255 DISPLAY OF DRIVER'S PERMIT.

Every driver under this subchapter shall post their special, temporary or annual driver's permit in such a manner as to be continually visible and readable at all times by any passenger and in a manner prescribed by the Department.

(1999 Lou. Code, § 111.566) (Lou. Ord. No. 115-1979, approved 8-17-1979; Lou. Ord. No. 370-1987, approved 12-28-1987; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 172-1996, approved 8-28-1996; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 0045-2002, § 1, approved 3-29-2002; Lou. Metro Am. Ord. No. 223-2005, approved 12-27-2005) Penalty, see § 115.999

§ 115.256 CLEAN AND SAFE CONDITION/DRIVER'S APPEARANCE.

  1. Every certificate holder and driver shall insure that the interior of any vehicle licensed under this subchapter, including the windows and trunk,shall be free of grease, dirt, debris or other trash.

    1. Passengers shall be able to use the seats and trunk of the vehicle without fear of soiling the attire they are wearing or their luggage.

    2. Interior seat fabric must not be torn or ripped.

    3. The vehicle must be free of any offensive odors.

    4. The exterior of the vehicle shall also be maintained in a clean, undamaged condition and present a favorable appearance, including:

      1. The body of the vehicle;

      2. The paint;

      3. All glass;

      4. Hubcaps;

      5. Head and tail lights; and

      6. Grill and bumpers.

    5. Vehicles that have unsightly body damage or jutting pieces of metal or obvious safety hazards will be deemed to be in violation of this subchapter.

  2. All drivers shall maintain personal appearance and grooming so as to present a favorable image at all times while the driver is providing ground transportation service.

    1. All drivers shall be hygienically clean and suitably dressed. "Suitably dressed" means all drivers shall wear:

      1. If male:

        1. Full length trousers, which are clean, no denim or blue jeans;
        2. Between May 15th and September 15th knee-length shorts which are clean, not denim and not cutoffs;

        3. A shirt with a collar (with or without an appropriate tie);

        4. Neat and clean footwear, and proper hosiery; and

      2. If female:

        1. A dress, skirt, trousers, slacks of appropriate length and design;

        2. Between May 15th and September 15th knee-length shorts which are clean, not denim and not cutoffs;

        3. A shirt or blouse; and

        4. Neat and clean footwear, and proper hosiery.

    2. Driver's clothing shall not have frays, rips, tears, holes, and shall be neat and clean.

    3. No driver may wear:

      1. T-shirts;

      2. Tank tops;

      3. Body suits;

      4. Swim-wear;

      5. Jogging suits;

      6. Athletic shorts or trunks;

      7. Undergarments worn as outer garments or so as to be otherwise visible to the casual observer; or

      8. Sandals, shower clogs and similar types of footwear.

  3. Drivers are prohibited from smoking while transporting passengers unless permission has been requested by the driver and granted by the passenger(s). Smoking by drivers while transporting passengers is discouraged.

  4. Drivers are prohibited from refusing to transport passengers who smoke or decline driver's request for permission to smoke, unless the driver has conspicuously placed no smoking signs on the vehicle where the passenger can see them before he or she enters or hires the vehicle. The no smoking signs and their placement must be approved by the Director.

  5. Drivers are prohibited from watching television or eating while driving or any other activity that would impair their ability to safely drive their vehicle.

(1999 Lou. Code, § 111.567) (Lou. Ord. No. 115-1979, approved 8-17-1979; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 370-1987, approved 12-28-1987; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 172-1996, approved 8-28-1996; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 0045-2002, § 1, approved 3-29-2002: Lou. Metro Am. Ord. No. 223-2005, approved 12-27-2005) Penalty, see § 115.999

§ 115.257 DRIVER CONDUCT.

  1. No driver shall conduct himself or herself in any manner so as to be considered offensive when applying standards of conduct used by a reasonable and prudent person. The legislative intent herein is to insure that drivers conduct themselves in a manner that reasonably insures patron and public's satisfaction provided the patron's and public's expectations are consistent with the reasonably prudent person.

  2. No driver may keep on his or her person or in his or her vehicle any deadly weapons or dangerous instruments. Any prohibited item found in a licensed vehicle for hire shall be confiscated as evidence. Examples of instruments and weapons which are prohibited include, but are not limited to:

    1. Guns (unless he or she has been duly licensed by the Commonwealth of Kentucky to carry concealed deadly weapons);

    2. Knives other than ordinary pocket types;

    3. Billy clubs;

    4. Blackjacks;

    5. Nightsticks;

    6. Nunchakus;

    7. Karate sticks;

    8. Shuriken or death stars; or

    9. Artificial knuckles made of hard material.

  3. No driver or certificate holder shall in any way intercept or attempt to intercept a run or call intended for another driver, certificate holder or ground transportation service carrier.

  4. It is prohibited for any vehicle for hire to carry on or within any vehicle, any radio type or instrument capable of intercepting and/or monitoring another company's radio dispatched calls or runs, and/or Police Department radio dispatched calls or runs.

(1999 Lou. Code, § 111.568) (Lou. Ord. No. 115-1979, approved 8-17-1979; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 218-1983, approved 8-30-1983; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 370-1987, approved 12-28-1987; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 172-1996, approved 8-28-1996; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 0045-2002, § 1, approved 3-29-2002; Lou. Metro Am. Ord. No. 223-2005, approved 12-27-2005) Penalty, see § 115.999

§ 115.258 CASH CARRIED BY THE DRIVER.

No driver shall carry more than $50 cash on his or her person while operating a vehicle for hire. Notwithstanding the above, no driver shall operate a vehicle for hire unless the driver has in his or her possession cash in the amount of $50 suitably denominated to make change for passengers.

(1999 Lou. Code, § 111.569) (Lou. Ord. No. 115-1979, approved 8-17-1979; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 370-1987, approved 12-28-1987; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 172-1996, approved 8-28-1996; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 172-1996, approved 8-28-1996; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 0045-2002, § 1, approved 3-29-2002; Lou. Metro Am. Ord. No. 223-2005, approved 12-27-2005) Penalty, see § 115.999

§ 115.259 DESIGNATION OF VEHICLES FOR HIRE.

  1. All vehicles for hire, except limousines, operated by the same company or under the same registered trade name shall:

    1. Be painted with the color scheme and identifying design that has been approved by the Director or the Director's designee. No company will be permitted to use a color, or numbering scheme or design which, in the judgment of the Director or Director's designee, is so similar to that of an existing company that such similarity is likely to mislead or confuse the public; and

    2. Bear on the outside of each side and the rear of the vehicle, in painted letters of at least three inches in height, the name of the certificate holder or the registered trade name, if any. In addition, each vehicle for hire may bear an identifying design approved by the Director.

  2. Each taxicab shall bear on the outside of each side and the front and rear, in painted letters at least three inches in height a number issued by the certificate holder. However, no two vehicles having the same color schemes shall possess the same number.

  3. Each taxicab shall clearly display on both passenger doors the rates of fares so as to be clearly visible and readable from the exterior of the taxicab in a manner approved by the Director.

  4. The provisions of subsections (A)(1), (A)(2), (B) and (C) above shall only apply to taxicabs.

  5. Each airport shuttle vehicle shall display its state and Department approved and designated route on the curbside of the vehicle, in a manner approved by the Department, which is visible from the exterior of the vehicle.

  6. It shall be unlawful to operate a vehicle marked with the identifying design of a ground transportation service carrier when there is no affiliation between the driver or certificate holder and such carrier. Vehicles formerly operated in affiliation with a ground transportation service carrier must be unmarked within three days of the date of the termination of the affiliation. Unmarked is to mean that the ground transportation service carrier name and/or telephone number may not be further displayed on the vehicle. Further, the top light and vehicle body markings indicating "TAXI", "CAB", or "TAXICAB", "AIRPORT SHUTTLE", "CHARTER BUS" may not be displayed after termination of affiliation with a ground transportation service carrier.

  7. No vehicle shall be operated on any Louisville Metro streets while being marked as a vehicle for hire without first having been issued the Department license and inspection sticker, or having notified the Department that such an operation of a vehicle is going to occur in furtherance of preparing the vehicle for inspection by the Department for the required issuance of the license and inspection sticker.

(1999 Lou. Code, § 111.570) (Lou. Ord. No. 115-1979, approved 8-17-1979; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 218-1983, approved 8-30-1983; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 370-1987, approved 12-28-1987; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 172-1996, approved 8-28-1996; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 0045-2002, § 1, approved 3-29-2002; Lou. Metro Am. Ord. No. 223-2005, approved 12-27-2005) Penalty, see § 115.999

§ 115.260 USE OF TAXIMETER.

  1. It shall be the duty of the taxicab driver or operator of a taxicab to deactivate the taximeter into a cleared position at the termination of each trip and to keep it deactivated until such time as the taxicab has been engaged for hire or the driver is requested by an inspector to engage it for testing purposes.

  2. For purposes of clarity and fairness, a taxicab will be considered to be engaged for hire when:

    1. A prospective passenger conveys his or her desire to hire a specific taxicab to the driver of such taxicab and the vehicle begins movement away from its stopped position;

    2. A prospective passenger consents to or tells the taxicab driver it is permissible to start the taximeter in consideration for what will be waiting time to the taxicab driver as a result of the prospective passenger not being ready or able to leave immediately; or

    3. A prospective passenger makes a request for a time call run and the taxicab is waiting at the appointed place and time.

  3. On any request for a time call run, the taxicab driver will:

    1. Give a full three-minute grace period to a time call passenger before engaging the taximeter;

    2. Tell any prospective time call passenger before accepting that passenger that the taximeter has already been activated due to a lapse in time beyond the three-minute grace period whenever this situation presents itself;

    3. Tell the prospective passenger the amount of time elapsed and the amount of money charged for the drop at the time when the passenger enters the taxicab.

    4. No taxicab driver shall be required to wait longer than five minutes for any time call unless the taxicab driver has specific knowledge that the prospective passenger is in route to the taxicab and his or her arrival at the taxicab is imminent.

(1999 Lou. Code, § 111.571) (Lou. Ord. No. 115-1979, approved 8-17-1979; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 370-1987, approved 12-28-1987; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 172-1996, approved 8-28-1996; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 0045-2002, § 1, approved 3-29-2002; Lou. Metro Am. Ord. No. 223-2005, approved 12-27-2005) Penalty, see § 115.999

§ 115.261 RECEIPTS.

  1. The driver of any vehicle for hire shall, on request by the passenger, render to the passenger a receipt for the amount charged, either by a mechanically printed receipt or by a specially prepared receipt on which shall contain:

    1. The name of the certificate holder or the company's registered trade name;

    2. The vehicle number of the taxicab and license number for all other types of vehicles for hire;

    3. The amount of the fare;

    4. All charges;

    5. The date of the transaction;

    6. The points of origination and destination, except for limousines, charter busses, airport shuttles; and

    7. The name of the driver.

  2. This receipt shall be signed by the driver before being given to the passenger.

  3. The certificate holder shall be responsible for maintaining supplies of receipts for the drivers.

(1999 Lou. Code, § 111.572) (Lou. Ord. No. 115-1979, approved 8-17-1979; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 370-1987, approved 12-28-1987; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 172-1996, approved 8-28-1996; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 045-2002, § 1, approved 3-29-2002; Lou. Metro Am. Ord. No. 223-2005, approved 12-27-2005) Penalty, see § 115.999

§ 115.262 SOLICITATION, ACCEPTANCE AND DISCHARGE OF PASSENGERS.

  1. No driver shall solicit a passenger for a taxicab or airport shuttle except when sitting in the driver's compartment of the vehicle or while standing immediately adjacent to the curbside of the vehicle. Drivers may park and leave their vehicles so long as they do so in compliance with Metro Government's Traffic Codes and Ordinances. Nothing herein prohibits any driver from assisting passengers into or out of such vehicles in a safe and legal manner. All drivers must comply with all traffic and parking ordinances and regulations.

  2. No driver shall solicit patronage:

    1. In a loud or annoying tone of voice;

    2. By a sign;

    3. In any manner annoying any reasonable person;

    4. By obstructing the movement of any person; or

    5. By following any person for the purpose of soliciting patronage.

  3. No drivers shall receive or discharge passengers in the street but shall pull up to the right-hand side of the street to receive and discharge passengers, except on one-way streets, where passengers may be received or discharged from either the right or left-hand sidewalk, or side of the street in the absence of a sidewalk.

  4. No driver shall cruise in search of passengers in areas and at such times as would congest traffic or be dangerous to pedestrians and other vehicles.

  5. No driver, owner, or operator shall solicit at any intermediate points along any established route of any inter-city common carrier, in competition with such common carrier.

  6. No driver shall permit any other person to occupy or otherwise ride in the vehicle, unless the person(s) first employing the vehicle for hire shall consent to the acceptance of an additional passenger(s).

  7. Drivers are prohibited from transporting passengers for multiple charges at the same time, if such charges exceed the maximum allowable rates of fare established with this charge.

  8. No driver shall permit more persons to be transported in a vehicle for hire than the maximum seating capacity recommended by the vehicle manufacturer.

  9. No driver shall refuse or neglect to transport any orderly person or persons on request, including radio dispatches unless:

    1. Previously engaged;

    2. Unable or forbidden by the provisions of this subchapter to do so;

    3. The driver has reason to believe that the person is engaged in a violation of federal, state or local law; or

    4. The driver has just cause to fear injury to his or her person or property.

  10. No driver shall refuse to transport any blind person due to his or her use of a guide animal.

  11. No driver shall attempt to solicit business for any hotel, or to attempt to divert patronage from one hotel to another.

  12. No driver shall engage in:

    1. Selling intoxicating liquors;

    2. Soliciting or advancing any prostitution related conduct;

    3. Engage in the trafficking of controlled substances; or

    4. Any other illegal activity.

  13. No driver of any vehicle for hire shall permit any person to ride on any part of the vehicle except the inside.

  14. No driver shall interfere in any way with another driver's lawful use of a taxicab stand.

  15. No driver shall transport a child of 40 inches in height or less unless the child is properly secured in a child restraint system of a type meeting state and federal motor vehicle safety standards nor allow any other passengers to be transported without the use of the vehicles passenger restraint system (commonly referred to as seat belts) being employed as required by state law.

(1999 Lou. Code, § 111.573) (Lou. Ord. No. 115-1979, approved 8-17-1979; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 370-1987, approved 12-28-1987; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 172-1996, approved 8-28-1996; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 0045-2002, § 1, approved 3-29-2002; Lou. Metro Am. Ord. No. 23-2005, approved 12-27-2005) Penalty, see § 115.999

§ 115.263 GROUND TRANSPORTATION SERVICE.

  1. Certificate holders of vehicles for hire shall maintain a central place of business within Louisville Metro. The place of business must comply with all Metro Government ordinances and regulations, including those pertaining to zoning, building, and safety codes.

  2. All taxicab drivers shall respond to all requests for service received by them as soon as they can do so. If such service cannot be rendered within a reasonable time (30 minutes or less), the certificate holder or his or her designee shall inform the prospective passenger as to how long it will be before the request can be satisfied.

  3. Every three months, beginning January 1st of each year, the certificate holder must report to the Department the total number of requests for services received by them and the total number of these requests that they were unable to serve. The information must be submitted on forms supplied by the Department.

  4. Except as provided in § 115.262(H), no vehicles for hire driver may refuse to accept a passenger from a geographical location for which they are permitted to operate pursuant to the certificate issued by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Transportation Cabinet. To do so shall be deemed a violation of this subchapter and the certificate and/or driver's permit may be revoked or suspended.

(1999 Lou. Code, § 111.574) (Lou. Ord. No. 115-1979, approved 8-17-1979; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 370-1987, approved 12-28-1987; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 172-1996, approved 8-28-1996; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 0045-2002, § 1, approved 3-29-2002; Lou. Metro Am. Ord. No. 223-2005, approved 12-27-2005)

§ 115.264 MANIFEST.

  1. Every taxicab, airport shuttle, and disabled persons vehicle driver shall maintain a daily manifest in his or her own handwriting on which are recorded all trips made each day, showing the time, place of origin, and destination of each trip, the number of passengers, and the amount of fares and charges for each trip.

  2. Every charter bus and limousine driver shall maintain a copy of all contracts for transportation. These contracts must indicate the names of person or persons with whom each contract is with, date, time, place of origin, number of passengers and amount of fare(s) and charges for each contract.

  3. The forms for each manifest shall be furnished to the drivers by the certificate holder and shall be in a format approved by the Director.

  4. Every vehicle for hire driver shall retain and preserve all daily manifests or contracts, whichever is applicable, in a safe place for at least 90 days, and these shall be available to the Director or Director's designee, upon request.

(1999 Lou. Code, § 111.575) (Lou. Ord. No. 115-1979, approved 8-17-1979; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 370-1987, approved 12-28-1987; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 172-1996, approved 8-28-1996; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 0045-2002, § 1, approved 3-29-2002; Lou. Metro Am. Ord. No. 223-2005, approved 12-27-2005) Penalty, see § 115.999

§ 115.265 RECORDS AND REPORTS.

  1. Every certificate holder shall keep accurate records of receipts from operations, and other such operating information as required by ordinance or by the Director in the enforcement of this subchapter. Every certificate holder shall maintain these records at a place readily accessible for examination by the Director or designee. Records shall include, but are not limited to, contracts, dispatch records, accident reports, and medical transportation vouchers.

  2. All accidents arising from or in connection with the operation of vehicles for hire which result in death, serious injury to any person, or in damage to any vehicle over $1,500, shall be reported by the certificate holder within 72 hours from the date of occurrence to the Director in a format approved by the Director. All other accidents shall be reported to the Department on a quarterly basis.

  3. Certificate holders are required to advise the Department in writing on a monthly basis, listing persons no longer driving a vehicle for hire in affiliation with them.

(1999 Lou. Code, § 111.576) (Lou. Ord. No. 115-1979, approved 8-17-1979; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 218-1983, approved 8-30-1983; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 370-1987, approved 12-28-1987; Lou. Ord. No. 172-1996, approved 8-28-1996; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 0045-2002, § 1, approved 3-29-2002; Lou. Metro Am. Ord. No. 223-2005, approved 12-27-2005)

§ 115.266 ADVERTISING.

Subject to the rules and regulations promulgated by the Director, a person, certificate holder, or driver licensed under this subchapter may affix or install approved advertising in or on the vehicle.

(1999 Lou. Code, § 111.577) (Lou. Ord. No. 115-1979, approved 8-17-1979; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 370-1987, approved 12-28-1987; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 172-1996, approved 8-28-1996; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 0045-2002, § 1, approved 3-29-2002; Lou. Metro Am. Ord. No. 223-2005, approved 12-27-2005)

§ 115.267 USE OF TAXICAB STANDS.

  1. Taxicab stands shall be used on a first-come first-served basis.

  2. The taxicab driver shall pull into the stand from the rear and shall advance forward as taxicabs leave.

  3. Taxicab drivers shall stay within five feet of their taxicabs and shall not solicit passengers, perform vehicle maintenance, or engage in loud or boisterous talk while at a taxicab stand. However, taxicab drivers may leave their taxicab for no longer than five minutes to attend to personal business per trip while at the taxicab stand.

  4. Nothing in this subchapter shall be construed to prevent a passenger from boarding the taxicab of their choice that is parked at a taxicab stand.

(1999 Lou. Code, § 111.578) (Lou. Ord. No. 0045-2002, § 1, approved 3-29-2002; Lou. Metro Am. Ord. No. 223-2005, approved 12-27-2005)

§ 115.268 HOTEL/MOTEL SERVICE.

  1. No doorperson, bell person, concierge or hotel/motel employee shall solicit or accept payment from any driver of a vehicle for hire for securing passengers for that driver or any other.

  2. Drivers regulated by this code shall not offer or give payment for securing or the prospect of securing any fare or trip.

  3. Every doorperson, bell person, concierge or hotel/motel employee and driver regulated by this code shall display a professional demeanor in the presence of passengers.

(Lou. Metro Ord. No. 223-2005, approved 12-27-2005)

§ 115.269 TEMPORARY RULES AND REGULATIONS.

The Director may, as necessity arises, by regulation on a temporary basis promulgate rules and regulations for the orderly regulation of other forms of public conveyance such as pedi-shaws, water taxicabs, etc. Such temporary rules and regulations shall be submitted to the Metro Council for their consideration within 90 days of inception. If there has been no action or specific disapproval by the Metro Council within 90 days of the Council's receipt of them, said rules and regulations shall be considered as having been approved by the Metro Council.

(1999 Lou. Code, § 111.579) (Lou. Ord. No. 172-1996, approved 8-28-1996; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 0045-2002, § 1, approved 3-29-2002; Lou. Metro Am. Ord. No. 223-2005, approved 12-27-2005)

§ 115.270 GROUND TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

The Ground Transportation Committee shall be comprised of one representative appointed by each of the following organizations: Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau, The Greater Louisville Motel/Hotel Association, The Louisville International Airport, Metro Council, Louisville Metro Police Department, Louisville Metro Development Authority, and the Department. In addition, the membership shall include a representative appointed by the owner and a driver elected by his or her peers of a taxicab carrier with 50 or more vehicles for hire and of a carrier with 49 or less vehicles for hire, and when appropriate as determined by the Committee, one representative from each of the following ground transportation services: limousine, charter bus, disabled persons vehicle and airport shuttle and will be appointed by the owner of the carrier in each respective category, which has the most vehicles for hire within such category.

(1999 Lou. Code, § 111.580) (Lou. Ord. No. 172-1996, approved 8-28-1996; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 0045-2002, § 1, approved 3-29-2002; Lou. Metro Am. Ord. No. 73-2003, approved 4-16-2003; Lou. Metro Am. Ord. No. 223-2005, approved 12-27-2005)