Chapter 5.78
TAXICABS AND VEHICLES FOR HIRE

Sections:

5.78.010    License required.

5.78.020    Definitions.

5.78.030    Vehicle license required—Certain vehicles excepted.

5.78.040    Number of taxicab licenses.

5.78.050    Application for license—Information required.

5.78.060    Fees.

5.78.070    Interchange and replacement.

5.78.080    Renewal—Forfeiture.

5.78.085    Vehicle markings.

5.78.090    Color scheme.

5.78.100    Taxicab rates and zones.

5.78.110    Taximeters.

5.78.120    Taxicab stands.

5.78.130    Meeting trains, buses or airlines.

5.78.140    Sightseeing cars.

5.78.160    Prohibited practices.

5.78.170    City driver’s license—Application and renewal fee.

5.78.180    City for-hire driver’s license—Application—Information required.

5.78.190    City for-hire driver’s license—Qualifications.

5.78.200    City driver’s license—Investigation—Temporary license.

5.78.220    City driver’s license—Renewal.

5.78.230    City driver’s license—Other offenses.

5.78.240    Revocation.

5.78.245    Review of license denial or revocation.

5.78.250    Term.

5.78.260    Severability.

5.78.010 License required.

It is unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to hold out, advertise, solicit, operate, drive or use any vehicle as a for-hire vehicle in the city of Yakima without having first obtained the licenses required by the provisions of this chapter. The licenses required under this chapter are separate from and in addition to the business license required under Chapter 5.52 YMC, which may also be required when applicable. (Ord. 2020-006 § 29, 2020: Ord. 147 § 1, 1960).

5.78.020 Definitions.

“Digital network,” wherever used in this chapter, means an Internet-enabled platform or application used to connect passengers with TNC drivers.

“For-hire vehicle,” wherever used in this chapter, means a “taxicab” or “sightseeing car,” but does not include “limousine service,” or “transportation network company vehicle.”

“Limousine service,” wherever used in this chapter, means every self-propelled vehicle, commonly referred to as a limousine, with seating capacity for four to sixteen persons, excluding the driver. Limousine services are regulated by RCW 81.90 et seq. and not by this section of the Yakima Municipal Code.

“Sightseeing car,” wherever used in this chapter, means every motor vehicle used for the transportation for hire of passengers used exclusively for sightseeing purposes over a fixed route and charging a regularly established fare for each trip.

“Taxicab,” wherever used in this chapter, means every motor vehicle used for the transportation of passengers for hire and not operated exclusively over a fixed route. “Taxicab” does not mean a “limousine service,” or “transportation network company vehicle.”

“Taxicab stand,” wherever used in this chapter, means that portion of any street set aside and designated as parking or standing space to be occupied by for-hire vehicles.

“Taximeter,” wherever used in this chapter, means any instrument or device by which the charge for hire is mechanically or electronically measured or calculated either for the distance traveled or for the time waiting, or both, upon which such charges shall be indicated by means of figures.

“Transportation network company” or “TNC,” wherever used in this chapter, means an entity that uses a digital network to connect passengers to TNC drivers who use personal vehicles to transport passengers for compensation between geographical points chosen by the passenger.

“TNC driver,” wherever used in this chapter, means an individual who uses a personal vehicle to provide transportation services arranged through a TNC’s digital network.

“TNC vehicle,” wherever used in this chapter, means a personal vehicle used by a TNC driver to provide transportation services arranged through a TNC’s digital network. (Ord. 2016-019 § 1, 2016: Ord. 3310 § 1, 1990: Ord. 1959 § 1, 1976; Ord. 1030, 1968: Ord. 147 § 2, 1960).

5.78.030 Vehicle license required—Certain vehicles excepted.

No person, firm or corporation shall engage in the business of hauling passengers for hire without having first obtained a for-hire vehicle license for each vehicle used in such business. The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to common carriers of passengers operating under a franchise issued by the city of Yakima or under a certificate of public convenience and necessity issued by either the state of Washington or the Interstate Commerce Commission of the United States of America; nor shall the provisions of this chapter apply to any for-hire vehicle operated generally outside the city of Yakima which enters the corporate limits of the city only for the purpose of discharging a passenger having entered such vehicle at a point outside the city; provided, a for-hire vehicle which solicits employment or is engaged by a passenger within the city limits of the city of Yakima and transports such passenger to a point outside the city of Yakima is not excepted from the provisions of this chapter. (Ord. 1030 § 2, 1968: Ord. 147 § 3, 1960).

5.78.040 Number of taxicab licenses.

It is found and determined that in the interests of public convenience and necessity the maximum number of taxicabs licensed as authorized to operate in the city shall never exceed the ratio of one taxicab for each two thousand persons of population in the city based on population estimates issued by the state of Washington. (Ord. 1560, 1973: Ord. 147 § 4, 1960).

5.78.050 Application for license—Information required.

All applications for for-hire vehicle licenses shall be made on forms provided by the city clerk and shall include the following information:

A.    The make, model by year, license number and motor number of the vehicle to be licensed;

B.    The name of the person who owns the vehicle to be licensed;

C.    The assumed business name of the person, firm or corporation engaged in the business which will operate the vehicle to be licensed;

D.    The distinguishing color scheme design, including any monogram or insignia, which will be used on the vehicle to be licensed;

E.    Documentation that the vehicle sought to be licensed has been inspected by an ASE certified mechanic or the Yakima police department. Such inspection shall include an inspection of the foot and emergency brakes, steering, windshield, rear window, other glass, windshield wipers, headlights, tail lights, turn indicator lights, braking lights, front seat adjustment mechanism, doors, horn, speedometer, bumpers, steering system, muffler, exhaust, tires, rear view mirrors, and safety belts. The inspection must ensure that all of the components listed are in proper functioning order. If the vehicle is inspected by the Yakima police department it shall be at the applicant’s expense, and to be paid in advance;

F.    Such other information as the city clerk may require in order to effectively administer the provisions and regulations of this chapter. (Ord. 2016-019 § 2, 2016: Ord. 3136 § 1, 1988: Ord. 1030 § 3, 1968: Ord. 147 § 5, 1960).

5.78.060 Fees.

The license fee for the respective types of for-hire vehicles shall be as follows:

(a)    Taxicab, fifty-five dollars per year, or for any portion of a year;

(b)    Sightseeing car, one hundred ten dollars per vehicle per year, or for any portion of a year. (Ord. 1880 § 21, 1975: Ord. 1195 § 28, 1969: Ord. 1030 § 4; 1968: Ord. 147 § 6, 1960).

5.78.070 Interchange and replacement.

There shall be no interchange of taxicabs and sightseeing cars, but rather, each such type of vehicle shall be operated exclusively in its respective classification. For-hire vehicles may be replaced with other vehicles as the owner may desire; provided, that in case of such replacement the owner of any replacement vehicle shall, prior to placing such replacement vehicle in operation, furnish the city clerk with such information concerning such replacement vehicle as is required by Section 5.78.050 of this chapter. (Ord. 1030 § 5, 1968: Ord. 147 § 7, 1960).

5.78.080 Renewal—Forfeiture.

For-hire vehicle licenses may be renewed from year to year in accordance with the provisions of this chapter and holders of existing licenses shall be given preference in issuing the same; provided, however, that an application for a renewal after the expiration date thereof shall forfeit such right of preference; and further provided, that any license issued for a for-hire vehicle which was not actually in operation during the preceding year shall also be grounds for forfeiture of a for-hire vehicle license. (Ord. 147 § 8, 1960).

5.78.085 Vehicle markings.

Every taxicab operated within the city of Yakima and required by this chapter to be licensed shall bear insignia indicating it is a vehicle for hire. Such insignia shall include a raised placard or sign on the roof of the vehicle indicating the vehicle is a taxicab or vehicle for hire. In addition, the vehicle shall bear an insignia indicating the name of the taxicab business. All markings required by this section shall be removed from the vehicle as soon as the vehicle is removed permanently from taxicab or vehicle-for-hire service. (Ord. 96-39 § 1, 1996).

5.78.090 Color scheme.

Every taxicab operated within the city of Yakima and required by this chapter to be licensed shall be painted in a distinctive color scheme in accordance with the information contained in the for-hire vehicle license application referred to in Section 5.78.050 of this chapter, which color scheme shall be distinctive from any other color scheme previously adopted by any other person, firm or corporation licensed under the provisions of this chapter. (Ord. 96-39 § 2, 1996: Ord. 1030 § 6, 1968: Ord. 147 § 9, 1960).

5.78.100 Taxicab rates and zones.

A.    Taxicab Rates.

(1)    The following rate schedule of taxicab rates is established and adopted as the maximum rates that may be charged for taxi fare in the city of Yakima, and it shall be unlawful for any person driving or operating, or engaged in the business of operating, any taxicab to charge any greater rate for taxicab fare than that specified therein.

TAXICAB RATES

For one passenger for the first one-fifteenth mile or fraction thereof

$3.00

Thereafter for each additional one-fifteenth mile or fraction thereof

$0.17 and annually updated by the methods described in subsection (A)(2) of this section

For each additional passenger
(per trip)

$0.50

(No charge shall be made for children under six years of age when accompanied by an adult.)

For each twenty seconds of waiting time after the first three minutes

$0.20

(2)    Beginning March 1, 2008, and adjusted annually March 1st thereafter, the additional one-fifteenth mile or fraction thereof rate for taxicabs will be calculated by the city of Yakima finance department as follows:

Starting with a base amount of $0.17 each and every year, the amount will be adjusted using the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index for All Urban West Region All Items Annual Number beginning with 2006 of 205.7. The rate of annual increase or decrease will be computed as a percentage to the nearest hundredth of a percent. The percentage increase or decrease will be multiplied to the $0.17 base amount and round up or down to the nearest cent. That will be the adjustment for that year. All subsequent years will be computed using 205.7 as the base number and determining the percentage from the latest annual CPI number compared to the base.

This rate shall be filed in the office of the city clerk by February 20th or the next business day if February 20th falls on a weekend or holiday.

B.    Posting Notices of Rates.

(1)    Maximum Rates. A copy of the schedule of maximum rates specified by this section shall be posted in each taxicab so as to be plainly visible to every passenger seat in the vehicle; and it shall be unlawful for any person to drive or operate a taxicab unless a copy of such rate schedule is so posted.

(2)    Actual Rates. In the event uniform rates lower than the maximum rates provided by this section are charged by any taxicab driver or operator of any taxicab business, a schedule of those actual uniform rates shall be posted in each taxicab so as to be plainly visible to every passenger seat in the vehicle; and, in such event, it shall be unlawful for any person to drive or operate a taxicab unless a copy of such actual uniform rate schedule is so posted.

(3)    Contract Rates. No provision of this section shall preclude any taxicab driver or operator of a taxicab business from charging a reduced fare, based on rates less than those posted in the taxicab, to any passenger pursuant to an agreement for such a reduced fare; provided, in the event such reduced fares are charged by any taxicab driver or taxicab business operator, the schedule of actual rates charged, posted in each taxicab, shall include the phrase “other rates by contract,” or other language of similar import.

(4)    Discounted Fares. The person charging the fares authorized in this section shall reduce the total fare charged to any physically, sensory or mentally handicapped person or person sixty-two years of age or older a minimum of ten percent. It shall be the obligation of the person benefited by this subsection to request the discount and offer proof of such disability or age to the person charging the fare; provided, that each taxicab shall have posted in its passenger section a sign which shall read substantially as follows:

Physically, sensory or mentally handicapped passengers or persons sixty-two years of age and over may receive a minimum of ten percent fare discount. This subsection shall not be applicable to contract fares.

C.    Zones.

(1)    Zone Map and Schedule. The city of Yakima is zoned into nine zones numbered Zone 0 through Zone 8, as depicted on a map entitled “Taxicab Zone Rate Map,” dated and filed in the office of the city clerk. In addition to the taxicab rates set forth in subsection A of this section, a zone fare may be charged per trip as follows:

Zone 0    

$0.00

Zone 1    

0.50

Zone 2    

1.00

Zone 3    

1.50

Zone 4    

2.00

Zone 5    

2.50

Zone 6    

3.00

Zone 7    

3.50

Zone 8    

4.00

If the passenger’s point of origin or destination is in Zone 0, no additional zone fare shall be charged. If the passenger’s point of origin and point of destination fall within the same zone, the zone fare for that zone may be charged. If the passenger’s point of origin and point of destination fall in different zones, neither of which is in Zone 0, the zone fare for the higher rate zone may be charged, regardless of whether the point of origin or point of destination falls within the higher rate zone.

(2)    Posting Zone Map. A copy of the zone map referred to in this subsection shall be posted in each taxicab so as to be plainly visible to every passenger seat in the vehicle; and it shall be unlawful for any person to drive or operate a taxicab unless a copy of such map is so posted. (Ord. 2007-27 § 1, 2007: Ord. 2004-05 § 1, 2004: Ord. 96-39 § 3, 1996: Ord. 3136 § 2, 1988: Ord. 2377 § 1, 1980; Ord. 2172 § 1, 1978: Ord. 1560 § 2, 1973; Ord. 1030 § 7, 1968: Ord. 147 § 10, 1960).

5.78.110 Taximeters.

(a)    It is unlawful for any person to drive or operate, or engage in the business of operating, a taxicab unless each of said taxicabs is equipped with a taximeter which has been approved as being accurate by the chief of police.

(b)    Except when a reduced fare is charged as contemplated by YMC 5.78.100(B)(3), it is unlawful for any person to drive or operate, or engage in the business of operating, a taxicab or taxicabs unless a taximeter is at all times used in each taxicab to determine the actual fare to be charged; and it is unlawful for any person operating or driving, or in the business of operating, a taxicab or taxicabs to charge any fare which is not directly based, measured and computed on the reading face of the taximeter used in such taxicab and the additional zone charge, if any, according to YMC 5.78.100. It is unlawful for any person to use or employ any other or different method of computing distance or time charges than the method specifically provided in this chapter.

(c)    It shall be the duty of the owner or any other person having possession or control of any taxicab to keep the taximeter accurate at all times and to have the taximeter approved by the chief of police before being placed in service. When any taximeter has been approved as accurate by the chief of police, his seal or certificate shall be plainly posted on such taximeter in a conspicuous place. Any taximeter installed in any for-hire vehicle shall be subject to and available for inspection by any peace officer at any reasonable time.

(d)    Every taximeter shall be installed at the right side of the driver, and the reading face of each taximeter shall at all times be well-lighted and readily discernible to passengers riding in the taxicab.

(e)    It is unlawful to change the size of the wheels or tires of any taxicab, or the gears operating any taximeter, or to change any taximeter from one taxicab to another unless such taximeter is reinspected and approved for accuracy by the chief of police before such taximeter is placed in service.

(f)    It is unlawful for the driver of any taxicab, while carrying passengers or under employment, to display the flag or other indicator of the taximeter at any position denoting that the taxicab is not engaged or to throw the flag to a recording position or to otherwise activate the meter when such vehicle is not employed, or to fail to throw the flag of the taximeter to a nonrecording position, or to fail to otherwise cancel the reading on the taximeter at the termination of each and every service. (Ord. 2377 § 2, 1980; Ord. 2172 § 2, 1978; Ord. 1959 §§ 2, 3, 1976; Ord. 1030 § 8, 1968: Ord. 147 § 11, 1960).

5.78.120 Taxicab stands.

A.    The traffic engineer of the city of Yakima may designate and set aside taxicab stands on the public streets where for-hire vehicles may stand while awaiting employment, which stands shall consist of parking spaces for two or more for-hire vehicles; provided, no such stand shall be designated by the traffic engineer without the written consent, filed in the office of the traffic engineer, from the abutting lessee or property owner to establish such stand; provided, further, the city council may authorize the traffic engineer to designate and set aside a taxicab stand in the absence of such written consent, or in the event the lessee or owner of abutting property refuses to give such consent.

B.    No more than one for-hire vehicle of any one company shall park or stand in a taxicab stand at any time. In the event of a dispute between two or more operators of for-hire vehicles relating to the occupancy of any stand, such stand may be closed by the traffic engineer to all for-hire vehicles for thirty days after posting said stand with a closure notice. Prior to closing any stand as provided by this subsection, the traffic engineer shall give written notice to the owners of all for-hire vehicle companies whose for-hire vehicles are licensed under this chapter, informing them of the stand closure and notifying them of their right to an appeal to the city council within ten days of giving said notice. Upon timely appeal, filed in writing in the office of the city clerk, and after notice to all operators of taxi businesses licensed by the city, the city council shall review the stand closure. Pending the outcome of an appeal, the affected taxicab stand shall remain open to all for-hire vehicles.

C.    It is unlawful for any person to stand or park any vehicle within a taxicab stand which vehicle is not currently licensed as a for-hire vehicle under this chapter.

D.    Any law enforcement officer may impound or cause to be impounded any vehicle which is standing or parked within a taxicab stand under any of the following situations:

1.    At a time when such taxicab stand has been signed and designated closed by the traffic engineer; or

2.    When such vehicle has not been issued a current valid for-hire license pursuant to this chapter.

E.    It is unlawful for the operator of a for-hire vehicle to park or stand a for-hire vehicle in a taxicab stand at a time when another for-hire vehicle of the same company is parking or standing in the same taxicab stand. (Ord. 2319 § 1, 1979: Ord. 2299 § 1, 1979: Ord. 1880 § 22, 1975: Ord. 1030 § 9, 1968: Ord. 147 § 2, 1960).

5.78.130 Meeting trains, buses or airlines.

Not more than two taxicabs from any one company shall meet any train, bus or airline schedule and every driver of a taxicab arriving at any such depot or airport shall, upon finding more than one taxicab from the same company there, immediately drive away. (Ord. 96-39 § 4, 1996: Ord. 147 § 13, 1960).

5.78.140 Sightseeing cars.

It is unlawful for any person to operate a sightseeing car in the city of Yakima without first filing with the city clerk, upon blanks furnished for that purpose, a statement showing the number of cars to be operated, the capacity, the route or routes to be followed, the terminal rates to be charged and such other information as may be deemed necessary for proper supervision and the public good. Where more than one route is specified, each route shall be numbered and each car furnished with a white card printed in black with the word “route” and the number of the route in black letters and in figures not less than one inch in height. This card must be prominently and continuously displayed in the forward end of the car during the entire time of loading and unloading as well as during the trip. (Ord. 147 § 14, 1960).

5.78.160 Prohibited practices.

It is unlawful for the owner or operator of any for-hire vehicle to:

(a)    Operate a for-hire vehicle in the city of Yakima without possessing a valid and subsisting Washington state driver’s license, or to allow any for-hire vehicle owned by him to be operated by another person not possessed of a valid and subsisting Washington state driver’s license;

(b)    Knowingly permit any for-hire vehicle to be driven by any person affected by or addicted to the use of drugs or intoxicating liquors, or by any person convicted of any felony or any misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor involving larceny, morals offenses or liquor violations;

(c)    Allow any nonpaying passenger, except a nonpaying child/passenger accompanied by an adult paying passenger, to ride in a for-hire vehicle occupied by any paying passenger, or to pick up an additional passenger, or passengers in a for-hire vehicle occupied by a paying passenger without the express consent of the original passenger;

(d)    Leave any for-hire vehicle unattended or repair, wash or service the same, on any street, alley or public thoroughfare of the city of Yakima;

(e)    Solicit employment by cruising the public streets at random;

(f)    Operate any for-hire vehicle, or allow the same to be operated, when vehicle is not in a clean, sanitary and safe condition for transportation of passengers;

(g)    Operate a for-hire vehicle or allow the same to be operated, without having first obtained any permit required by law from the state of Washington, and without having filed any required bond or insurance with the state of Washington, as may be required by law, and without having filed with the city clerk a certificate evidencing the issuance of any such bond or insurance required by law;

(h)    Knowingly stop, stand or park within the space designated for the use of a for-hire vehicle of another. (Ord. 2319 § 2, 1979: Ord. 2219 § 2, 1979; Ord. 1030 § 10, 1968: Ord. 147 § 16, 1960).

5.78.170 City driver’s license—Application and renewal fee.

(a)    No person shall drive a for-hire vehicle in the city without first obtaining a license to do so by making application to the city clerk on forms furnished by the city clerk, which application shall be signed and sworn to by the applicant before a notary public or some other officer authorized to administer oaths, and upon the payment to the city clerk of an application fee in the amount of ten dollars, none of which shall be returned to the applicant in the event his application is denied.

(b)    The fee for a city driver’s license is fixed at eleven dollars each year. (Ord. 1880 § 23, 1975; Ord. 1245 § 1, 1970: Ord. 1195 § 29, 1969: Ord. 1030 § 11, 1968: Ord. 147 § 17, 1960).

5.78.180 City for-hire driver’s license—Application—Information required.

Each applicant shall state on the form provided his name, age, place of birth, place or places of residence for five years prior to the date of making application, the length of time he has resided in the city, marital status, last place of employment with name and address of employer; whether he has been previously licensed as a driver and if so, where; if his license has ever been suspended or revoked and if so, the date and cause.

Each applicant shall provide documentation that a full criminal background check, going back at least seven years, has been completed on the applicant through the Washington State Patrol and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal databases or through a city-approved third party vendor and was reviewed as required in this chapter. If a criminal background check is not conducted through an approved entity, then the applicant shall consent to be fingerprinted and the city will conduct a state and national Washington State Patrol and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background check at applicant’s expense, and to be paid in advance. (Ord. 2016-019 § 3, 2016: Ord. 147 § 18, 1960).

5.78.190 City for-hire driver’s license—Qualifications.

Each applicant for a city driver’s license provided for in this chapter shall:

1.    Be at least twenty-one years of age;

2.    Be duly licensed to operate a motor vehicle for hire under the laws of the state of Washington and the city of Yakima;

3.    Certify under the penalty of perjury that they have no known physical or mental infirmity which jeopardizes their ability to safely operate as a for-hire vehicle driver transporting the public;

4.    Not have been convicted, within seven years preceding the time of making the application, of crimes involving driving under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances, felony fraud, sexual offenses, felony property damage or theft, acts of violence, acts of harassment or stalking, reckless driving or negligent driving, or use of a motor vehicle to commit a felony. For purposes of this section, the term “criminal conviction” includes a “conviction or other disposition adverse to the subject” as defined under RCW 10.97.030, and bail forfeitures;

5.    Not have been convicted or found to have committed either: 1) any one infraction for negligent driving or 2) three or more moving violations during any twelve-month period during the three years prior to operating as a for-hire vehicle driver in Yakima. (Ord. 2016-019 § 4, 2016: Ord. 97-7 § 1, 1997; Ord. 3239 § 1, 1990: Ord. 3167 § 1, 1989: Ord. 2082 § 1, 1977: Ord. 1030 § 12, 1968: Ord. 147 § 19, 1960).

5.78.200 City driver’s license—Investigation—Temporary license.

Each applicant for a city driver’s license shall be investigated, photographed and fingerprinted by the police department. The photograph of applicant shall be affixed to his city driver’s license in such a manner that the photograph cannot be removed, altered or substituted without detection. If the applicant satisfies all provisions and requirements of this chapter, a city driver’s license shall be issued to him; otherwise, no such license shall be issued. At the time of application, the city clerk shall issue a temporary license to the applicant, upon the written request of the person, firm or corporation desiring to employ the applicant, which temporary license shall be valid for a period of thirty days pending the issuance of a city driver’s license. (Ord. 1030 § 13, 1968: Ord. 147 § 20, 1960).

5.78.220 City driver’s license—Renewal.

Each such driver’s license may be renewed yearly by the making of an application therefor on forms furnished by the city clerk calling for such information as may be deemed necessary by the city clerk to administer the provisions of this chapter. Each application for renewal must be accompanied by a health certificate of the type specified in Section 5.78.190. (Ord. 3310 § 2, 1990: Ord. 1030 § 14, 1968: Ord. 147 § 22, 1960).

5.78.230 City driver’s license—Other offenses.

It is unlawful for any person to operate a for-hire vehicle in the city of Yakima:

(a)    Without his city driver’s license being displayed in the for-hire vehicle in a conspicuous place visible to passengers;

(b)    To fail or refuse to display his city driver’s license to any peace officer if demand for such display is made while the driver is on duty. (Ord. 96-39 § 5, 1996. (Ord. 96-39 § 5, 1996: Ord. 1030 § 15, 1968: Ord. 147 § 23, 1960).

5.78.240 Revocation.

All licenses and permits issued pursuant to this chapter are subject to revocation by the city manager in the event the holder thereof, or any person employed by him in the operation of any for-hire vehicle, shall fail to comply with, or shall otherwise violate, any of the terms or provisions of this chapter or any ordinance of the city of Yakima relative to the operation or use of vehicles upon the public streets or highways, or to the use of such streets or highways, or relating to traffic upon the same, or who shall knowingly use any for-hire vehicle for the unlawful transportation of any narcotic drug or intoxicating liquor in violation of any law, or who knowingly uses or knowingly permits the use of a for-hire vehicle for the transportation or harboring of any person who may illegally possess any narcotic drug or intoxicating liquor, or who shall knowingly use, or knowingly permit, any for-hire vehicle to be used for the purpose of transporting any person who may be contributing to, or attempting to or having design of contributing to, the delinquency of any minor, or who shall knowingly use or knowingly permit a for-hire vehicle to be used for the purpose of practicing or soliciting prostitution, or who shall violate any of the ordinances of the city of Yakima in or by the use or operation of any such vehicle. (Ord. 1030 § 16, 1968: Ord. 147 § 24, 1960).

5.78.245 Review of license denial or revocation.

Any applicant who feels aggrieved by the denial of a license for which application is made pursuant to this chapter, and any license holder who feels aggrieved by the city manager’s revocation of a license pursuant to Section 5.78.240, may appeal that denial or revocation to the city council by serving on the Yakima city clerk a notice of such appeal within five days from the date of the denial or revocation from which the appeal is taken, which notice shall be in writing and shall specify all the grounds relied on by the appellant as reasons for the issuance or reissuance, as the case may be, of the license which was denied or revoked. After the timely filing of such a notice, the city clerk shall set a time and place for a hearing thereon by the city council, after which hearing the city council shall make a final determination on the matter of the denial, revocation, issuance or reissuance of the license. The city council may add conditions if the final determination is to reissue or issue the license. (Ord. 2015-013 § 1, 2015; Ord. 95-63 § 1, 1995: Ord. 2082 § 2, 1977).

5.78.250 Term.

All licenses or permits issued under this chapter shall expire on the thirty-first day of August of each and every year and all fees payable hereunder shall be paid on or before the first day of September of each and every year. (Ord. 147 § 25, 1960).

5.78.260 Severability.

If any section, subsection, subdivision, sentence, clause or phrase of this chapter is for any reason held to be unconstitutional or void, then such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this chapter. (Ord. 147 § 27, 1960).