Chapter 13

Transportation Businesses

ARTICLE A - Taxicabs

3-13A-1: Legal Authority


Pursuant to Idaho Code sections 50-301 and 50-307, the Idaho legislature has authorized the City to adopt and enforce ordinances, rules and regulations governing standards and procedures for licensing persons who engage in or operate a trade or business within the City. (2019 Code)

3-13A-2: Scope


This article establishes minimum standards and procedures for licensing owners and employees of a taxicab and the operation of a business as a taxicab. (2019 Code)

3-13A-3: Findings And Statement Of Purpose


A. Findings: The City Council finds as follows:

1. Taxicabs provide an essential component of the transportation options available to citizens of, and visitors to, the City.

2. Taxicabs are operated by private companies or individuals and utilize public streets, roads and other rights-of-way in providing their services.

3. It is important to protect the public health, safety and welfare without restraining, burdening or overregulating the taxicab industry.

4. The protection of the public health, safety and welfare shall be paramount in the enforcement and interpretation of taxicab regulations.


B. Intent: To achieve those goals, it is the City Council's intent, by enacting this article, to ensure:

1. That taxicabs provide a safe means of transportation.

2. Taxicab drivers are trustworthy and competent to carry out their duties in a safe and efficient manner.

3. Taxicab owners carry adequate liability insurance on their taxicabs. (1952 Code § 5-24-01; amd. 2019 Code)

3-13A-4: General Licensing Provisions Applicable


To the extent not inconsistent with this article, the provisions set forth in chapter 1, article A of this title, shall apply with full force and effect to all provisions and sections of this article and chapter 1, article A of this title is hereby incorporated herein by reference and applies to those rights and responsibilities not further defined herein. (2019 Code)

3-13A-5: Definitions


For the purposes of this chapter, the following terms, phrases, words and derivations shall have the meanings given herein. When not inconsistent with the context, words used in the present tense include the future tense, words in the plural number include the singular number, and words in the singular number include the plural number. The word "shall" is always mandatory and not merely directory. Words used throughout this chapter, but not defined herein or in chapter 1, article A of this title, shall have their plain, ordinary and common meaning. Words in any gender shall apply to the feminine, masculine and neuter genders.

FARE: Money or other value paid for transportation of a person or passenger.

IMMEDIATE OUT OF SERVICE STATUS: The status of a taxicab which, upon written or verbal notice by the Licensing Officer, is such that no person shall operate the vehicle as a taxicab.

IN SERVICE: A taxicab is deemed to be "in service" whenever in operation upon any public street, road or right-of-way, regardless of its status as available for hire, already hired, off duty or otherwise unavailable.

INSPECTION DECAL: A decal that is approved, authorized and issued by the Licensing Officer, that demonstrates that the taxicab passed inspection.

INSURANCE: An automobile liability policy for each licensed taxicab in the amount designated within this article, with combined single limits, written by an insurer authorized by the State of Idaho to write insurance policies, and continuously in force for the full term of each taxicab vehicle license.

MOBILITY DEVICE: A device designed for use by individuals with a mobility disability for the main purposes of indoor or outdoor locomotion, including, but not limited to, wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, canes, braces or other similar devices.

OPERATOR (OR TAXICAB OPERATOR): Any person who drives or who is in actual physical control of any taxicab, or any person who drives or who is in actual physical control of any vehicle used as a taxicab.

PASSENGER: A person who hires, employs, directs or otherwise engages a taxicab to transport a passenger between two (2) points, as directed by a passenger.

RATE CARD: An approved card or other display setting forth the schedule of taxicab fares and rates.

SERVICE ANIMAL: A dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities, including, but not limited to, guiding people who are blind or have a visual impairment, alerting individuals who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure or reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medications.

STREET: The entire width between the boundary lines of every public way for vehicular travel use, with jurisdiction extending to the adjacent property line, including sidewalks, shoulders, berms and rights-of-way not intended for motorized traffic. The term "street" is interchangeable with highway.

TAXICAB: Any motor vehicle capable of carrying one or more passengers or parcels between points and over such route as may be directed by a passenger and:

A. Is available for hails or through a dispatch service;

B. Does not require prearranged appointments;

C. Is not operated on a fixed route; and

D. Is a vehicle that is held out to the public as a taxicab.

TAXICAB BUSINESS: A business that leases, owns, operates or controls one or more taxicabs.

TAXICAB STAND: A place alongside the curb of a street or other place designated and reserved exclusively for the use of taxicabs or commercial transportation vehicles.

TAXIMETER: An instrument attached to a taxicab which measures the distance driven, the waiting time and any other basis upon which the fare is calculated.

TOP LIGHT: A lighted display device permanently attached to the center front of a taxicab's exterior roof that is illuminated when the taximeter is deactivated, the illumination of which is sufficient to be clearly seen at night. The device shall act in unison with the taximeter to indicate the service status of the taxicab to which it is attached.

WAITING TIME: The time when a taxicab is not in motion, beginning at the timely arrival at the place to which it was called, and consisting of the time when the taxicab is waiting at the direction of the passenger, or is otherwise forced to wait while hired, employed, directed or otherwise engaged in the transportation of a passenger or parcel. (1952 Code § 5-24-02; amd. Ord. 50-13, 1-7-2014; 2019 Code)

3-13A-6: Licenses Required; Application; Standards And Requirements; Expiration And Renewal


A. Taxicab Business License:

1. Every person who owns, leases, conducts or operates a taxicab business in the City shall make written application for and obtain a taxicab business license, as set forth in sections 3-1A-5 and 3-1A-6 of this title.

2. Each application for a new taxicab business license shall be accompanied by the required fee in an amount established by the City Council and listed on the most current City Clerk license fee schedule.

3. The taxicab business license is not required with annual license renewal application unless:

a. The taxicab business license and related business are sold; or

b. The taxicab business license was exercised in a manner that was noncompliant with the requirements set forth in this article.

4. Taxicab business licenses are not transferrable.

5. Every taxicab business license shall expire on June 30 of each year.


B. Taxicab Vehicle License:

1. Every person who owns, leases, conducts, operates or maintains a taxicab in the City shall make written application for and obtain a taxicab vehicle license as set forth in sections 3-1A-5 and 3-1A-6 of this title.

2. Every taxicab vehicle license shall expire on June 30 of each year.

3. Every licensee who is an applicant for renewal of a taxicab vehicle license shall complete the application process annually. Upon completion of the application process, the Licensing Officer will issue a renewed taxicab vehicle license to the applicant, provided the applicant meets all of the qualifications and none of the disqualifications set forth in this article and chapter 1, article A of this title.

4. The taxicab vehicle license of any taxicab not in service for fifteen (15) consecutive days shall be deemed abandoned, and such taxicab vehicle license shall revert to the City unless the owner, lessee, agent or licensee of such taxicab notifies the Licensing Officer in writing prior to expiration of the fifteen (15) days that said taxicab is out of service due to major mechanical or structural damage requiring in excess of fifteen (15) days to repair. In the event such written notification is given, the licensee shall have a reasonable period of time, to be determined by the Licensing Officer, to place said taxicab back in service. A licensee may, in writing, request permission from the Licensing Officer to exceed the fifteen (15) days not in service limit if unforeseen special circumstances are likely to prevent the licensee from placing the vehicle back into service. In the event said taxicab is not placed back in service within the reasonable period of time determined by the Licensing Officer, if no permission for an extension was granted by the Licensing Officer, such taxicab vehicle license shall be deemed abandoned and shall revert to the City.

5. Every owner, lessee and operator of a taxicab, and every taxicab vehicle licensee, shall notify the Licensing Officer in writing within seven (7) calendar days of the sale, lease, transfer or loan of the taxicab to any other person.

6. Every owner, lessee and operator of a taxicab, and every taxicab vehicle licensee, shall notify the Licensing Officer in writing within seven (7) calendar days of the taxicab being taken "off-line" or the taxicab no longer being used as a taxicab. The taxicab vehicle license of such taxicab shall be returned to the Licensing Officer within ten (10) business days of the taxicab being taken "off-line" or the taxicab no longer being used as a taxicab.


C. Taxicab Driver's License:

1. Every person who drives, operates, conducts or is in actual physical control, as that term is defined and used in Idaho Code title 18, and as interpreted by applicable case law, of a taxicab in the City shall make written application for and obtain a taxicab driver's license as set forth in sections 3-1A-5 and 3-1A-6 of this title. Such license shall be maintained in full force and effect at all times when the person is driving, operating, conducting or in actual physical control of a taxicab.

2. The applicant or licensee shall notify the Licensing Officer in writing within two (2) business days of any illness, accident, injury or other health issue that may cause the applicant or licensee to fail to meet any of the physical requirements contained in 49 CFR part 391.41 (medical card). Every restriction and requirement placed on the applicant or licensee's operation of a motor vehicle by the examining physician who issued the medical card shall be a restriction or requirement on the taxicab driver's license issued by the Licensing Officer. Every restriction and requirement placed on the applicant or licensee's operation of a motor vehicle by the State Department of Transportation shall be a restriction or requirement on the taxicab driver's license issued by the Licensing Officer.

3. Every taxicab driver's license shall expire one year from the date of issuance.

4. Every licensee who is an applicant for renewal of a taxicab driver's license shall complete the application process annually. Upon completion of the application process, the Licensing Officer will issue a renewed taxicab driver's license to the applicant, provided the applicant meets all of the qualifications and none of the disqualifications set forth in this article and chapter 1, article A of this title.

5. Every taxicab driver's license issued by the Licensing Officer shall include, at a minimum, the following:

a. The licensee's full name.

b. A photograph of the licensee.

c. The license expiration date.

d. The licensee's license number.


D. Applications; General Standards And Requirements:

1. In addition to the minimum licensing qualifications set forth in chapter 1, article A of this title, every application for a license required by this article must also include the following information:

a. The name and direct telephone number of the operating manager of the taxicab business under which the applicant will be licensed;

b. If an application for a taxicab business license, a description of every taxicab to be operated pursuant to the taxicab business license, including the year, make, model, current mileage, license plate number, City taxicab vehicle license number, and vehicle identification number (VIN) of each vehicle;

c. Whether the applicant has previously applied for any City license or permit; and

d. If a taxicab driver's license application, whether the applicant has previously been licensed as a taxicab driver by the City or by any other jurisdiction.

2. Every applicant for a license governed by this article shall be able to speak and understand the English language sufficiently to converse with the general public, to understand road and highway traffic signs and signals in the English language, to respond to official inquiries, and to make entries on reports and records.

3. In addition to all requirements and qualifications set forth above:

a. No applicant shall be issued a taxicab vehicle license:

(1) When the applicant is not the bona fide owner or lessee of the taxicab;

(2) Until the certificate of insurance, of the type and in the amount required by this article, is tendered to the Licensing Officer.

b. No applicant shall be issued, or shall be allowed to maintain, a taxicab driver's license, if the applicant fails to achieve a score of at least seventy percent (70%) correct on a general local geographic knowledge and communication skill test developed and administered by the Licensing Officer. Applicants shall pay the fee set forth on the City Clerk fee schedule to cover the cost of administering the tests, which fee shall be in addition to all other licensing application fees and other fees authorized by this article. The general local geographic knowledge and communication skill test shall be developed and administered to assess an applicant's ability to recognize various points of interest in the City, to evaluate the applicant's ability to determine the shortest geographical route between established City landmarks and to evaluate communication skills to adequately converse with the general public. To achieve the goals of this licensing requirement, every general local geographic knowledge test shall be taken and completed by the applicant alone, with no help or assistance of any kind from any person, other than the Licensing Officer.


E. Exception To Requirements: The taxicab driver's license requirement of this article shall not apply when all of the following conditions exist:

1. The person driving or operating the taxicab is doing so for the purpose of diagnosing, performing, completing or road testing maintenance or repairs to the taxicab; and

2. The exterior of the taxicab is clearly marked in such a manner as to indicate that it is being driven solely for the purpose of performing, completing or road testing maintenance or repairs to the taxicab. (1952 Code § 5-24-03; amd. Ord. 38-15, 8-25-2015; 2019 Code)

3-13A-7: Transfer Of License


A. Vehicle License; Conditions: A taxicab vehicle license issued pursuant to this article may only be transferred to another vehicle owned by the same person or business, and only upon successful completion of the license application process as set forth in sections 3-1A-5 and 3-1A-6 of this title.


B. Fee: Every application to transfer a taxicab vehicle license shall be accompanied by a nonrefundable transfer fee in an amount established by the City Council and listed on the most current City Clerk fee schedule.


C. Conditions: Prior to the issuance of a transferred taxicab vehicle license, the proposed taxicab shall:

1. Meet all requirements of this article and chapter 1, article A of this title;

2. Pass all inspections required by this article; and

3. Be insured as required by this article. A valid certificate of insurance covering the taxicab to which the license will be transferred shall be provided to the Licensing Officer prior to the effective date of the transfer.


D. Surrender; New License Issued: Every license being transferred shall be surrendered to the Licensing Officer. A new license will be issued by the Licensing Officer upon successful completion of the transfer.


E. Business License Nontransferable: No taxicab business license shall be transferred.


F. Driver's License Nontransferable: No taxicab driver's license shall be transferred.


G. Penalty: A violation of any provision of this section shall be an infraction, subject to penalty as provided in section 1-4-2 of this Code. (1952 Code § 5-24-04; amd. 2019 Code)

3-13A-8: Denial, Revocation And Suspension


A. Civil License Penalty: Every civil license penalty imposed by the Licensing Officer shall be proportional to the type and severity of the violation.


B. License Denial: In the event the Licensing Officer, in his/her discretion, determines that an applicant fails to qualify for a license governed by this article, the Licensing Officer shall deny such applicant a license pursuant to the procedure set forth in sections 3-1A-16 through 3-1A-27 of this title.

2. Notice of a denial shall be deemed properly served if sent by United States Postal Service, certified mail, to the address on file in the City Clerk's Office that was provided by the applicant, or if notice is hand served upon the applicant. An applicant's failure to accept, acknowledge or receive notification of a denial shall not invalidate the denial, provided notice was served as provided in this section.


C. License Revocation:

1. A third license suspension within one license term shall be deemed a revocation.

2. Every license revocation shall be effective at twelve o'clock (12:00) midnight on the third day following the date written notice is sent to the licensee.


D. License Suspension: Unless otherwise provided in a notice of violation, every license suspension shall be effective at twelve o'clock (12:00) midnight on the third day following the date written notice of the suspension is sent to the licensee. (1952 Code § 5-24-06; amd. 2019 Code)

3-13A-9: Right Of Review


Every applicant who, upon application, is denied a license governed by this article, or who has a license governed by this article suspended or revoked, shall have a right of review. Unless otherwise expressly provided herein, review procedures shall follow those set forth in chapter 1, article A of this title. (1952 Code § 5-24-07; amd. 2019 Code)

3-13A-10: Taxicabs Licensed Elsewhere


A. Permitted: Taxicabs and taxicab drivers licensed by a municipality other than the City may transport passengers from outside the City to a destination within the City.


B. Applicability: This section shall apply only to taxicabs and taxicab drivers licensed by a municipality that grants reciprocal rights to taxicabs licensed by the City.


C. Prohibition: It shall be unlawful for the owner or driver of a taxicab licensed by a municipality other than the City to seek or accept passengers within the City, except such passengers whose destination is directly to a point in such other municipality.


D. Unlicensed: Prior to transporting any passenger into the City, and prior to seeking or accepting any passenger within the City, a vehicle or driver that is not licensed by another municipality that grants reciprocal rights to taxicabs licensed by the City shall obtain all required City licenses.


E. Penalty: A violation of any of the provisions of this section shall be an infraction, subject to penalty as provided in section 1-4-2 of this Code. (1952 Code § 5-24-08; amd. 2019 Code)

3-13A-11: Taxicab Insurance Required


A. Insurance Required: Every taxicab in operation within the City shall be continuously insured under a commercial automobile liability policy of insurance issued by an insurance carrier duly authorized to do business in the State that provides coverage in the amount of five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000.00) combined single limits.


B. Certificate: Every taxicab business licensee and taxicab vehicle licensee shall tender to the Licensing Officer a certificate of insurance designating the taxicabs covered and certifying that insurance of the type and in the amount required by this article is in effect. Said certificate of insurance shall specify as the certificate holder Boise City, P.O. Box 500, Boise, Idaho 83701-0500.


C. Changes In Policy: Every taxicab business licensee and taxicab vehicle licensee shall notify the Licensing Officer in writing of the voluntary or involuntary cancellation of, or changes to, any policy of insurance on any taxicab owned or operated by the licensee within two (2) business days of such cancellation or change.


D. Additional Civil License Penalties For Insurance Violation:

1. In addition to the criminal penalties prescribed therefor, any one or more of the following acts or omissions shall be grounds for immediate revocation of all licenses issued pursuant to this article held by that licensee:

a. Failure to maintain valid insurance of the type and in the amount required by this article for all taxicabs owned or operated by the licensee;

b. Failure to notify the Licensing Officer of the cancellation of a policy of insurance on any taxicab owned or operated by the licensee within two (2) business days of such cancellation;

2. In addition to the criminal penalties prescribed therefor, any one or more of the following acts or omissions shall be grounds for immediate suspension of all licenses issued pursuant to this article held by that licensee:

a. Failure to tender any insurance certificate required by this article to the Licensing Officer;

b. Failure to notify the Licensing Officer of any changes to a policy of insurance on any taxicab owned or operated by the licensee within two (2) business days of such change;

c. Failure to provide proof of liability insurance for inspection upon request of the Licensing Officer;

d. Failure of a taxicab driver to have in their possession proof of liability insurance of the type and in the amount required by this article at all times when the vehicle is operated within the City. (1952 Code § 5-24-09; amd. 2019 Code)

3-13A-12: Taxicabs


A. Taxicab Age And Usage Limitations:

1. Age Limits: Except as expressly provided herein, no vehicle that exceeds either of the following limits shall be licensed as a taxicab:

a. Age: Seven (7) years of age; or

b. Miles: Five hundred thousand (500,000) miles or more.

2. Computation: The taxicab age shall be computed using the model year of the vehicle and December 31 of the year in which the taxicab vehicle license is sought. (For example, if a vehicle is a 2004 model year and the application for a taxicab vehicle license is submitted in July 2012, that vehicle is 8 years of age.)

3. Exemptions:

a. Specified: If the safety and equipment standards and requirements contained in this article are met, the following vehicles may be licensed and used in taxicab service until the age and/or mileage limits indicated:

(1) A vehicle seven (7) years of age or older may be licensed and used in taxicab service until it reaches ten (10) years of age or one million (1,000,000) miles on the odometer, whichever occurs first, upon a determination that the vehicle meets or exceeds all standards and requirements established pursuant to subsection B7 of this section;

(2) A wheelchair accessible vehicle may be licensed and used in taxicab service until it reaches eleven (11) years of age or one million one hundred thousand (1,100,000) miles on the odometer, whichever occurs first;

(3) A clean fuel or clean air vehicle that meets or exceeds the ultra low emission vehicle standard may be licensed and used in taxicab service until it reaches eleven (11) years of age or one million one hundred thousand (1,100,000) miles on the odometer, whichever occurs first.

b. Exemption For Classic, Vintage Or Antique Vehicles:

(1) A vehicle that is determined by the Licensing Officer to qualify as a "classic", "vintage" or "antique" vehicle, pursuant to criteria developed, promulgated and published by the Licensing Officer as an administrative regulation, may qualify for an exemption to the vehicle age and usage requirements of this article.

(2) An applicant who seeks this exemption shall notify the Licensing Officer at the time of application of the intent to operate a classic, vintage or antique vehicle as a taxicab.

(3) Every classic, vintage or antique vehicle for which a taxicab vehicle license is sought shall comply with all safety and inspection requirements set forth in this article.

(4) The process of applying for a taxicab vehicle license for a classic, vintage or antique vehicle may require additional time.

(5) The Licensing Officer may, if reasonably necessary to protect the public health, safety and welfare, place conditions and/or restrictions on the operation and use of a taxicab vehicle license for a classic, vintage or antique vehicle.

(6) Any person who operates a classic, vintage or antique vehicle as a taxicab and does not comply with the conditions and restrictions placed on operation of the vehicle by the Licensing Officer is guilty of an infraction, subject to penalty as provided in section 1-4-2 of this Code.

c. Inspection: Every taxicab to which any exemption may apply shall be inspected by the City shop, and must pass said inspection at the beginning of the process of application for a taxicab vehicle license.

4. Exemption: The vehicle age and usage limits contained herein shall not apply to any taxicab originally licensed prior to the effective date hereof, provided such taxicab has been licensed continuously at all times since first licensed by the City. Any lapse in the taxicab licensing or transfer of such vehicle to a different owner or entity shall automatically void this exemption to the taxicab vehicle age and usage limits.


B. Required Taxicab Inspections:

1. Quarterly: Every taxicab shall submit to a quarterly inspection to assess compliance with the standards and requirements contained in this article.

2. Pass Inspection: No vehicle shall be issued a taxicab vehicle license unless and until that vehicle has passed an inspection in accordance with the standards and requirements contained in this article.

3. Nonconformance: In addition to all other prescribed penalties for violations of this article, any person who owns, leases or operates a taxicab that does not conform to the minimum inspection standards and requirements set forth in this section shall be subject to immediate suspension or revocation of the taxicab vehicle license held by that person.

4. Annual Inspection: Every taxicab placed in service or licensed after February 2, 2012, shall submit to and pass an annual inspection conducted by the City. This annual inspection shall occur in lieu of one quarterly inspection required herein.

5. Time, Place Designated: All taxicab inspections, and all inspections of vehicles for which a taxicab vehicle license application has been filed, that are conducted by the City, shall be made at the time and place designated by the Licensing Officer.

6. Penalty: A violation of any of the provisions of this subsection B shall be a misdemeanor, subject to penalty as provided in section 1-4-1 of this Code.

7. Standards And Requirements: To pass the quarterly and annual inspections required by this article, all taxicabs shall meet or exceed the following standards and requirements, unless specifically provided otherwise within this article:

a. Tires:

(1) Tires shall not have cuts, breaks, gaps or show excessive or uneven wear.

(2) Tire wear bars shall not be showing.

(3) Tire tread depth shall be no less than two thirty-seconds (2/32) of an inch of an original tire.

(4) The vehicle shall have a spare tire that is fully inflated and meets the same requirements as tires installed on the vehicle.

(5) The vehicle shall have a jack or other device capable of lifting the vehicle to enable a tire to be changed.

(6) Tires shall all be of the same size and type (either radial or bias).

b. Body Condition:

(1) The vehicle body shall be in good condition, free of holes, excessive wear and torn metal.

(2) A front and a rear bumper shall be firmly attached.

(3) The vehicle body shall be free of any unrepaired body damage.

(4) The vehicle shall be completely and properly painted in conformance with the color scheme required by this article and approved in advance by the Licensing Officer.

c. Lights:

(1) Headlights shall be intact and operable on both high and low beam.

(2) Tail lights, parking lights, brake lights, top light and signal lights shall be intact and operable.

(3) An interior light capable of illuminating the interior shall be operable.

d. Windshield Wipers:

(1) All windshield wipers shall be operable.

(2) Windshield wiper blades shall be in good condition.

e. Brakes:

(1) Both the parking brake and all four (4) wheel brakes shall be operable and in good condition.

(2) All brake shoes and pads shall have a safe amount of wear remaining.

(3) Brake pedal travel shall not exceed two and one-half inches (21/2").

f. Steering:

(1) The steering system shall be in good mechanical order.

(2) All steering components shall meet the minimum specifications and standards set by the manufacturer.

g. Exhaust System:

(1) Mufflers shall not have any holes.

(2) Mufflers shall be firmly attached to the exhaust and tailpipes.

(3) Tailpipes shall extend beyond the passenger compartment, fully to the rear of the vehicle.

(4) All emission control devices shall be attached, and shall be in proper working order.

h. Windows:

(1) The windshield shall be completely free of cracks, and shall be free from chips or pitting that interferes with the driver's vision.

(2) Door windows shall be free of cracks and shall be operable as they were intended by the manufacturer.

i. Door Handles And Locks:

(1) All door handles and latches shall be operable from both the inside and outside of the vehicle.

(2) All door locks shall be operable by the passenger.

j. Seat Belts:

(1) The vehicle shall be equipped with sufficient operable seat belts to provide safety to each passenger.

(2) The seat belts shall comply with State law.

k. Suspension:

(1) There shall be no broken or weak springs.

(2) Shock absorbers shall not be weak or defective.

(3) All suspension components shall meet the minimum specifications and standards set by the manufacturer.

l. Appearance:

(1) The engine compartment shall be kept reasonably clean and free of uncontained combustible material.

(2) The exterior shall be kept clean and well maintained.

(3) The interior shall be kept clean and free of garbage.

(4) The seats and upholstery shall be kept clean and free of holes and tears.

(5) The vehicle shall be kept free from dirt, grime and stains.

(6) No vehicle shall have floor covering, headliner or upholstery that is worn through or torn.

(7) No vehicle shall have unauthorized signs, markings or stickers affixed thereto.

(8) Every wheel shall be covered by a matching hubcap, where there is a place for such hubcap.

(9) Every taxicab shall be maintained free of noxious, unhealthy or unpleasant odors, fumes, stenches and smells, including, but not limited to, urine, feces, smoke, fuel or vomit.

(10) Smoking within a taxicab shall be strictly prohibited as set forth in subsection 5-11-8O of this Code.

8. Emission Standards: Every taxicab shall comply with Ada County Motor Vehicle Emissions Standards and Regulations, regardless of where the vehicle itself is registered, and shall have a valid certificate of compliance, in addition to the inspection requirements listed above.

9. Performance Of Inspections:

a. When Performed: All inspections required by this section shall be performed prior to the issuance or renewal of a taxicab vehicle license, and every calendar quarter thereafter.

b. Designation Of Color: The Licensing Officer will designate each taxicab with a color, based upon the month of the taxicab's first inspection:

Color Month Of Taxicab's First Inspection
Green January, April, July or October
Blue February, May, August or November
Orange March, June, September or December

c. Inspection Based On Color: Each taxicab shall be inspected once per calendar quarter, in the month matching the vehicle's designated color, as shown in the following calendar:

First Quarter
January - Green February - Blue March - Orange
Second Quarter
April - Green May - Blue June - Orange
Third Quarter
July - Green August - Blue September - Orange
Fourth Quarter
October - Green November - Blue December - Orange

10. Rules, Guidelines For Inspections: The Licensing Officer is authorized to establish additional rules and guidelines governing the timing of, and scheduling procedure for, quarterly and annual taxicab inspections.

11. Additional Inspections: The Licensing Officer may, upon determining the existence of good cause therefor, require any taxicab vehicle applicant or licensee to submit any taxicab vehicle to an additional inspection.

12. Maintenance Required: Every requirement of this section shall be maintained throughout the inspection quarter, and throughout the term of the taxicab vehicle license.

13. Inspections Of Vehicles Seven Years Of Age Or Older; Additional Standards And Requirements:

a. Quarterly: Quarterly inspections of all vehicles seven (7) years of age or older shall be completed using inspection standards and requirements that are more stringent than those set forth herein.

b. Standards, Requirements Established: The inspection standards and requirements for taxicabs seven (7) years of age or older shall be established and promulgated by the Licensing Officer, in consultation and collaboration with the City shop.

14. Inspection Fees:

a. Required: Every initial quarterly vehicle inspection shall be accompanied by a fee in an amount established by the City Council and listed on the most current City Clerk license fee schedule.

b. Nonrefundable: All fees are nonrefundable and shall be collected in advance of the inspection.

c. Reinspection: If any inspection results in the need for reinspection of the vehicle, a reinspection fee in an amount established by the City Council and listed on the most current City Clerk license fee schedule shall be charged.

d. Additional Fee: If any reinspection requires elevation of the vehicle or any reinspection of the taximeter, an additional fee in an amount established by the City Council and listed on the most current City Clerk license fee schedule shall be charged.

15. Approved Inspection Locations:

a. Review, Approve: The Licensing Officer shall review and approve persons that inspect taxicabs pursuant to the requirements of this article.

b. Persons Approved: All inspections required by this article shall be performed by persons approved to conduct such inspections.

c. Conflicts: No person related to or affiliated with the taxicab owner or operator, or related to or affiliated with the taxicab business licensee, shall be approved to inspect taxicabs pursuant to this article.


C. Taxicab Inspection Decal:

1. Issued: Upon passing the initial or the first quarter inspection required by this article, a taxicab shall be issued two (2) identical inspection decals by the Licensing Officer.

2. Design, Color, Type: The design, color and type of inspection decal will be determined by the Licensing Officer, with the color of the inspection decal changing annually.

3. Affix: The Licensing Officer shall affix the inspection decals to the taxicab, with one inspection decal affixed on each side of the taxicab.

4. Nontransferable: Inspection decals shall not be transferable, and shall be affixed or removed only by the Licensing Officer.


D. Approved Color Scheme, Name, Trade Name And License Number:

1. Submission For Approval: Every owner of a taxicab or fleet of taxicabs shall submit a distinctive and uniform color scheme to the Licensing Officer for approval at the time of making application for a taxicab vehicle license pursuant to this article.

2. Conflicts: No color scheme shall be approved that directly conflicts with an approved color scheme, monogram, trade name, design or insignia that is already in use on another licensed taxicab.

3. Content On Outside Of Vehicle: Every taxicab shall have, on both sides and on the rear of the vehicle, either painted upon it or permanently affixed to it by means of a plate or other device approved by the Licensing Officer:

a. Trade Name: The trade name under which the taxicab is operated;

b. License Number: The taxicab vehicle license number; and

c. Telephone Number: The telephone number by which the Licensing Officer or a member of the public will have the ability to contact the licensee.

4. Lettering: All lettering required to be affixed to the exterior of a taxicab shall be at least two inches (2") in height, and shall be of a color that is in clear contrast to the dominant color of the color scheme.

5. New, Additional Vehicles: New, additional or repainted vehicles owned or operated by the same person shall conform to the same color scheme approved for that person's taxicabs, and all vehicles owned or operated by the same person shall display the same approved color scheme design, and trade name. All new, additional or repainted vehicles shall be subject to all inspection and approval requirements set forth in this article.

6. Operating As Other Than Taxicab: No vehicle that bears a taxicab color scheme, has a taxicab top light permanently affixed, is licensed as a taxicab or holds itself out to be a taxicab, regardless of license status, shall be operated as other than a taxicab, unless:

a. Top Light Covered: The taxicab top light is completely and securely covered in such a way that it is not visible; and

b. Logos, Trade Names Covered: All taxicab logos and trade names visible to the exterior of the vehicle are completely and securely covered, such that they are not visible; and

c. Approval Of Covering Devices: All covering devices used to comply with this subsection shall be approved by the Licensing Officer prior to use on the taxicab.

7. Unapproved Stickers, Signs: No taxicab shall have affixed to it any unapproved or unauthorized sticker, sign, banner or magnet.

8. Penalty: A violation of any of the provisions of this subsection D shall be an infraction, subject to penalty as provided in section 1-4-2 of this Code.


E. Taximeters:

1. Required: Every taxicab shall be equipped with, and have permanently attached thereto, a taximeter that automatically registers the amount of the fare charged. Every fare shall be:

a. Miles Traveled: Automatically computed and registered in proportion to the miles traveled by the taxicab; or

b. Combination Of Miles, Time: Automatically computed and registered by a combination of miles traveled and time elapsed.

2. Installation; Display: Every taximeter shall be installed so the taximeter and the amount of fare displayed thereon shall be plainly visible to the passengers riding in the taxicab.

3. Illumination: The face of every taximeter shall be illuminated by a suitable light, or shall bear letters and numbers that are sufficiently backlit, to be plainly visible to a passenger seated in the rear seat.

4. Connection, Operation: Every taximeter shall be connected to and operate from a wheel or from the transmission of the motor of the taxicab.

5. Calibration, Inspection, Testing: The taximeter shall be calibrated, inspected and tested for each rate or fare required and set by this article, and the taximeter case shall be sealed by the City shop or such other person designated by the Licensing Officer.

6. Conflicts: No person related to or affiliated with the taxicab owner or operator, or related to or affiliated with the taxicab business licensee, shall calibrate, inspect, test or seal any taximeter.

7. Requirement Of Owner: It shall be the duty of the owner of the taxicab to have the taximeter inspected and approved as required by this article.


F. Top Light ("For Hire" Signal):

1. Required: Every taxicab shall be equipped with a top light, which shall be connected to and activated by the taximeter to denote whether or not such taxicab is available for hire.

2. Illumination While Carrying Passengers Prohibited: It shall be unlawful for any taxicab driver, while carrying passengers or while under employment, to illuminate a top light.

3. Requirements: Every top light shall be:

a. Permanent: Permanently affixed to the roof of the taxicab.

b. Color: White or yellow, and emit only white or yellow light.

c. Daylight: Visibility: Clearly visible during daylight hours from a distance of at least one hundred fifty feet (150').

d. Night Visibility: Clearly visible at night, when illuminated, from a distance of at least three hundred feet (300').

4. Penalty: A violation of any of the provisions of this subsection F shall be an infraction, subject to penalty as provided in section 1-4-2 of this Code. (1952 Code § 5-24-10; amd. 2019 Code)

3-13A-13: Immediate Out-of-service


A. Notification: Subject to a right of review, every taxicab owner or operator shall remove any taxicab from operation or service immediately upon notification from the Licensing Officer that the taxicab qualifies for "immediate out-of-service" designation.


B. Conditions: A taxicab qualifies for "immediate out-of-service" designation when any of the following conditions are present:

1. The vehicle is found to be in an unsafe operating condition.

2. Noncompliance with this article, that poses a clear and immediate threat to the health, safety and welfare of the public.

3. A notice of violation or infraction citation was issued for vehicle or equipment defect or condition, with due notice given to correct the defect, deficiency or condition, and the defect, deficiency or condition was not corrected within the time period stated on the notice of violation or infraction citation.

4. The vehicle has not passed an inspection required by this article.

5. The vehicle does not contain proof of valid insurance of the type and in the amount required by this article.


C. Operation Prohibited: A taxicab designated "immediate out-of-service" bearing such notification or decals shall not be operated, except as may be necessary to return the taxicab to the residence or place of business of the owner or operator, or to a garage or repair facility, until the taxicab has been deemed to be in conformance with all requirements of this article.


D. Reinspection; Fee: Every taxicab designated "immediate out-of-service" shall be reinspected and cleared by the Licensing Officer prior to returning to service or operation. A reinstatement fee in an amount established by the City Council and listed on the most current City Clerk license fee schedule shall be required prior to the taxicab being placed back in service. (1952 Code § 5-24-11; amd. 2019 Code)

3-13A-14: Rates And Fares


A. Schedule: Every taximeter shall be set and calibrated such that the rate or fare shall not exceed those set forth in the following schedule:

1. An initial charge of two dollars ($2.00) for which one or two (2) passengers shall be entitled to transportation for a distance of one-twelfth (1/12) of a mile or a waiting time not to exceed two (2) minutes. The initial charge (drop charge) may be increased by twenty cents ($0.20) per trip when the average self-service pump price of leaded/unleaded gasoline exceeds one dollar ($1.00) per gallon in the City and increased by twenty cents ($0.20) for every one dollar ($1.00) increase per gallon thereafter. That price shall be established as follows: The Oil Price Information Service (OPIS) price plus current State and Federal Taxes plus ten cents ($0.10).

2. Subsequent to the initial charge, the rate of fare shall not exceed two dollars forty cents ($2.40) per mile, or fraction thereof, and forty cents ($0.40) for each minute, or fraction thereof, waiting time.

3. The rates or fares provided in subsections A1 and A2 of this section are the totals to be charged for one or two (2) passengers. There shall be an additional charge not to exceed one dollar ($1.00) for each additional passenger over two (2).

4. Whenever a taxicab is engaged or hired solely on an hourly basis for use within the corporate limits of the City, the fare shall not exceed the rate of thirty dollars ($30.00) per hour, regardless of the number of passengers.

5. Whenever a taxicab is engaged or hired, each passenger shall be entitled to have conveyed, without charge, two (2) items of luggage, which may be valises, suitcases, bags or similar items, and shall be entitled, if the size and capacity of the taxicab is sufficient, to have additional items of luggage carried at a charge not to exceed fifty cents ($0.50) for each item of luggage in excess of two (2) per person. A mobility device used by a disabled person shall not be considered a luggage item, and shall be conveyed without cost.

6. No charge for waiting time shall be assessed for time lost or used on account of inefficiency of the taxicab or taxicab driver, operation of the taxicab, or the taxicab's premature arrival in response to a call for service.

7. Charges for passengers other than those first employing the taxicab shall be as follows:

a. If the destination of the additional passenger is the same as the original passenger, one dollar ($1.00) for each additional passenger and fifty cents ($0.50) for each item of luggage.

b. If the destination of the additional passenger is beyond the destination of the original passenger, upon discharge of the original passenger, the meter shall be reset and charges shall be assessed at the rates provided in this section.

c. If the destination of the additional passenger is before the destination of the original passenger, the additional passenger shall be charged the fare on the meter at their destination. Upon discharge of the additional passenger, the meter shall be reset and the original passenger shall be charged the rates provided in this section from that point to their destination.

8. As established by section 8-3B-7 of this Code, taxicabs operating at the Boise Airport shall be authorized to charge an additional one dollar fifty cents ($1.50) from each person engaging or hiring the taxicab at the Boise Airport for transportation to a destination off Boise Airport grounds to offset the fee for use of the taxicab loading area established in section 8-3B-5 of this Code.


B. Receipt: Whenever requested by a passenger or customer, a taxicab driver shall be able to provide a receipt that includes the following:

1. Each rate, fare and charge incurred by the taxicab customer; and

2. The name, address and telephone number of the taxicab company; and

3. The number of the taxicab vehicle license; and

4. The name of the taxicab driver; and

5. The date and time of the fare.


C. Review, Adjustment: There may be, at the discretion of the City Council, a review and adjustment of taxicab rates on or about June 30 of each year. This review and adjustment shall be based on changes in the Producer Price Index for the following specified categories: insurance, mechanics, automobile parts, tires, and dispatch or communication devices. The base index for this adjustment shall be March, 1993.


D. Assisting Disabled Persons: No taxicab driver shall charge any additional fare or fee for assisting a person with a disability with the stowing of a mobility device or for conveying any mobility device used by a person with a disability.


E. Service Animals: No taxicab driver shall charge any additional fare or fee for conveying or transporting a service animal. (1952 Code § 5-24-12; amd. Ord. 50-13, 1-7-2014; 2019 Code)

3-13A-15: Daily Record


A. Required: All taxicab drivers shall keep and maintain a written daily record of all calls made and passengers transported.


B. Information Included: Every daily record shall include, at a minimum:

1. The time and place at which the passenger was picked up.

2. The time and place at which the passenger was dropped off.

3. The number of passengers transported during each trip.


C. Time To Retain: Every daily record shall be kept and maintained by the driver of the taxicab for at least six (6) months.


D. Availability For Inspection: Every daily record shall be made immediately available for inspection at any time upon request of the Licensing Officer or any law enforcement officer.


E. Penalty: A violation of any of the provisions of this section shall be an infraction, subject to penalty as provided in section 1-4-2 of this Code. (1952 Code § 5-24-14; amd. 2019 Code)

3-13A-16: Taxicab Stands


A. Established: The Licensing Officer, with the consent of the City Parking Services Office, is hereby authorized and empowered to establish open stands in such places upon the streets of the City as may be deemed necessary for the use of taxicabs and the convenience of the general public.


B. Responsibility Of Parking Services Office: The City Parking Services Office shall:

1. Work with the Licensing Officer to determine the number, location and hours of taxicab stands in the City.

2. Prescribe the dimensions of every taxicab stand.

3. Set the maximum number of taxicabs that may occupy each taxicab stand.


C. Exceeding Number Prohibited: It shall be unlawful for any taxicab driver to exceed the maximum number of taxicabs that may occupy a taxicab stand.


D. Use By Other Than Taxicab Prohibited: It shall be unlawful for any person, vehicle, motorcycle or other means of conveyance other than a licensed taxicab to use or occupy any taxicab stand.


E. Penalty: A violation of any of the provisions of this section shall be an infraction, subject to penalty as provided in section 1-4-2 of this Code. (1952 Code § 5-24-14; amd. 2019 Code)

3-13A-17: No Pick Up/drop Off Zones


A. Designated: To ensure the public safety of pedestrians, taxicab customers, passengers and regular vehicular traffic, the following streets, roads and areas are designated "no pick up/drop off zones" from nine o'clock (9:00) P.M. until five o'clock (5:00) A.M., seven (7) days per week:

1. On Main Street between Capitol Boulevard and 5th Street.

2. On 6th Street between Main Street and Grove Street.


B. No Drop Off/Pick Up Within Zone: Taxicabs shall not drop off or pick up any passenger(s) within a no pick up/drop off zone.


C. Occupancy Prohibited: Taxicabs shall not occupy, even temporarily, for any purpose, any designated on street parking space within a no pick up/drop off zone.


D. Use Of Nearest Stand Outside Zone: Taxicabs shall utilize the nearest taxicab stand outside the no pick up/drop off zones to pick up or drop off passengers.


E. Standing, Parking Prohibited; Exception: No taxicab shall stand or park at any place on any road, street or highway within a no pick up/drop off zone, or in any alley accessible from within a no pick up/drop off zone, except as directed or required by an official traffic sign, official traffic signal or peace officer. (1952 Code § 5-24-15; amd. 2019 Code)

3-13A-18: Taxicab Driver Dress Code


A. Conformance: Every taxicab driver shall conform to the dress code established by the Licensing Officer.


B. Minimum Dress Code: The dress code shall include, at a minimum:

1. Every taxicab driver shall wear a shirt with a collar, either long sleeved or short sleeved. Tank tops are not acceptable.

2. Every taxicab driver shall wear pants, shorts, a skirt or a dress. Cutoff shorts are not acceptable.

3. Every taxicab driver shall wear shoes. Sandals or "flip-flop" type footwear is not acceptable.

4. All clothing and shoes must be clean, without holes, with no visible rips or tears.

5. Hair, beards and moustaches shall be kept clean and neatly trimmed.


C. Penalty: A violation of any of the provisions of this section shall be an infraction, subject to penalty as provided in section 1-4-2 of this Code. (1952 Code § 5-24-16)

3-13A-19: Illegal Acts


In addition to the unlawful practices and illegal acts and omissions proscribed throughout this article, each of the following acts or omissions shall be unlawful:


A. Licenses Required:

1. Every person who drives, operates or is in actual physical control of a taxicab within the City shall be in actual possession of all required licenses, all of which shall be posted, as required by this article.

2. No person shall drive or operate, or permit to be driven or operated, or participate in the driving or operation of a taxicab within the City, unless pursuant to a valid taxicab business license.

3. No person shall drive or operate, or permit to be driven or operated, or participate in the driving or operation of a taxicab within the City, unless pursuant to a valid and vehicle specific taxicab vehicle license.

4. No person shall drive, operate or be in actual physical control of a taxicab within the City unless that person is a licensee in possession of a valid taxicab driver's license.

5. No person owning, leasing, operating or otherwise in control of a taxicab business or vehicle shall employ or contract with a taxicab driver unless such driver is licensed as required by this article.


B. Licenses; Generally:

1. All licenses issued pursuant to this article shall remain the property of the City, and shall be surrendered to the Licensing Officer within seventy two (72) hours of suspension, revocation, or expiration thereof, or upon demand by the Licensing Officer.

2. No person shall have in their possession any license issued pursuant to this article that has been suspended, revoked or that has expired.

3. Every applicant and licensee shall notify the Licensing Officer in writing within two (2) business days upon the change of any of the information provided by the applicant or licensee in the license application submitted to the Licensing Officer.

4. Every applicant and licensee shall notify the Licensing Officer in writing within two (2) business days in the event the applicant or licensee loses any qualification, or gains any disqualification, for licensure pursuant to this article.

5. Every person driving, operating or in charge of a taxicab shall have all required licenses posted in the taxicab at all times the licensee is driving, operating or in charge of the taxicab. All licenses shall be posted in full and clear view of any passenger in the rear seat of the taxicab.

6. Every licensee, upon request or demand of the Licensing Officer, a peace officer, or a passenger or potential passenger, shall immediately present all required licenses for inspection.

7. No licensee shall permit or allow the use or possession of that person's license by any other person.

8. No licensee shall permit or allow any unlicensed person to operate or drive a taxicab.

9. No licensee whose license was issued with limitations, restrictions or conditions shall fail to obey and adhere to the prescribed limitations, restrictions or conditions.

10. No person with any license issued pursuant to this article that has expired or has been suspended or revoked shall operate any taxicab. Any operation of a taxicab during the period of suspension or following a license revocation or expiration shall be deemed a separate offense for each day on which the taxicab is illegally operated.


C. Insurance Required:

1. A certificate or proof of liability insurance of the type and in the amount required by this article shall be tendered to the Licensing Officer prior to operation of the covered taxicab.

2. The owner and the driver of a taxicab shall ensure that the proof of liability insurance of the type and in the amount required by this article is carried in the taxicab covered by the insurance and shall be immediately provided for inspection upon request of the Licensing Officer.

3. No person shall fail to notify the Licensing Officer in writing within two (2) business days of any change to or cancellation of any policy of insurance covering any taxicab under that person's ownership, care or control.


D. Inspection And Safety:

1. No person shall operate any vehicle as a taxicab unless and until said vehicle has passed all inspections required by this article and has valid inspection decals affixed thereto as required by this article.

2. No person shall fail to present a taxicab under their ownership, care, control or operation for a scheduled inspection to be conducted by the City at the time and place designated by the Licensing Officer.

3. Every taxicab owner or operator shall make any taxicab under their ownership, care, control or operation immediately available for inspection at any time upon reasonable notice from the Licensing Officer.

4. No person shall substitute vehicle equipment or parts subsequent to inspection unless such substituted equipment or parts are in equal or better condition than the equipment or parts being replaced.

5. No person shall operate any taxicab that does not have two (2) valid inspection decals affixed thereto.

6. No person, other than the Licensing Officer, shall affix, remove, destroy or deface any inspection decal.

7. Every taxicab owner or operator shall notify the Licensing Officer in writing within two (2) business days of the removal, destruction or defacement, other than by the Licensing Officer, of any inspection decal affixed to a taxicab within his or her ownership, care or control.

8. No person shall operate any taxicab in excess of the vehicle age and use limits set forth in this article, unless pursuant to an exemption authorized by this article and approved by the Licensing Officer.

9. Every taxicab owner, operator and licensee shall ensure that every taxicab under his/her ownership, care or control conforms with all safety and inspection requirements set forth in this article at all times the taxicab is in operation.

10. Every person who operates a classic, vintage or antique vehicle as a taxicab shall comply with all conditions and restrictions placed on operation of the vehicle by the Licensing Officer. A violation of this subsection is an infraction, subject to penalty as provided in section 1-4-2 of this Code.


E. Immediate Out-Of-Service:

1. Every vehicle designated "immediate out-of-service" shall be removed from operation or service at the time notice of the "immediate out-of-service" designation is given, and shall not return to service or operation until inspected and cleared, in writing, by the Licensing Officer.

2. It shall be unlawful for any person to drive, operate or permit or allow the operation of any taxicab designated "immediate out-of-service".

3. No person, other than the Licensing Officer, shall affix, remove, destroy, or deface any "immediate out-of-service" decal.


F. Taximeter:

1. It shall be unlawful for any person to drive, operate or permit or allow the operation of a taxicab in the City unless such taxicab is equipped with a taximeter that meets all requirements of this article.

2. It shall be unlawful for any person to tamper with or alter any gear, wheel or other part of a taxicab or taximeter that would alter, or cause the alteration of, the rates set forth in this article.

3. It shall be unlawful to change any taximeter from one taxicab to another unless such taximeter is reinspected, tested and resealed, as required herein.

4. No person shall drive, operate or permit the operation of any taxicab having an unsealed taximeter, or having a taximeter that does not have its cover and all gears intact.

5. No person shall drive, operate or permit the operation of any taxicab with a taximeter having or containing an unauthorized rate or fare.


G. Rates And Fares:

1. Unlawful To Increase Charge: Except as otherwise provided in this article, it shall be unlawful for any person to charge, demand, collect or receive any rate, fare or charge that is greater than one directly based on, measured and computed by, and displayed upon an inspected, approved and sealed taximeter.

2. Not In Compliance With Rate/Fare Schedule: It shall be unlawful for any licensee to engage any rate or fare on a taximeter that is not in compliance with the schedule set forth in this article.

3. Compliance With Rate Schedule: No taxicab rate, fare or other fee shall be charged by any person unless it complies with the schedule set forth in this article.

4. Current Rates Posted: Every taxicab shall have posted, in a conspicuous place visible to all passengers, the current rate card or sticker furnished by the Licensing Officer.

5. Taximeter Activated: The taximeter shall be activated and used in all cases where the taxicab is employed to carry or convey a passenger or passengers.

6. Most Direct Route: Unless specifically directed by the passenger, it shall be unlawful for any taxicab driver or operator to fail to use the most direct route possible to a stated destination.

a. For purposes of this subsection, "most direct route possible" shall mean the shortest geographical distance between the point at which the taxicab was hired and the passenger's stated destination.

b. For example, any taxicab driver who conveys a passenger from the airport into downtown Boise via I-184 ("the connector"), unless specifically directed by the passenger to do so, shall be in violation of this section.

7. Receipt Provided: Every driver of a taxicab shall provide a receipt that includes, at a minimum, the following information:

a. The rate, fare and charge incurred by the taxicab customer; and

b. The name, address and telephone number of the taxicab company; and

c. The correct date and time of the fare.

8. Exact Change Provided: Every taxicab driver shall provide exact change upon payment of a fare, unless directed otherwise by the customer.

9. Credit And Debit Cards:

a. Every taxicab and taxicab driver must have the ability to lawfully accept debit and credit cards at the time the taxi ride is complete and before the customer exits the taxicab, and shall do so only with a verified merchant account that is unique to their taxicab business. No driver shall copy, write down or record, outside of the lawful use of a credit card reader, a customer's credit card number, expiration date or security code.

b. Except as otherwise provided herein, upon a customer's presentation of a credit or debit card as their chosen method of payment, the taxicab driver shall immediately process the transaction electronically in the presence of the customer.

c. A credit or debit card transaction may be processed manually (nonelectronically) during brief periods of time when the electronic credit and debit card processing system is inoperable through no fault of the taxicab company or driver, if all of the following conditions are met:

(1) The taxicab driver shall notify the Licensing Officer within twenty four (24) hours of manually processing a credit or debit card transaction;

(2) The charge shall be submitted for payment within twenty four (24) hours of manually processing a credit or debit card transaction utilizing such taxicab business's verified merchant account;

(3) Personal information safety control measures, protecting the customer's personal and financial information, are followed; and

(4) In the event a taxicab's electronic credit and debit card processing system is inoperable for longer than twenty four (24) consecutive hours, that taxicab shall not be operated as a taxicab until the processing system is returned to full operation.

10. No Minimum Fare: No taxicab shall have a "minimum fare requirement" for payment by credit card.

11. Fare/Charge Paid When Hired: Every person who hires or employs a taxicab shall pay the fare or charge for the taxicab service provided.


H. Top Light:

1. Every taxicab shall be equipped with a top light, which shall be connected to and activated by the taximeter to denote whether or not the taxicab is available for hire.

2. Every top light shall meet all requirements and specifications contained in this article.

3. No taxicab driver, while carrying any passenger or while hired or under employment, shall illuminate a top light.


I. Color Scheme; Design:

1. No person shall operate a taxicab bearing an unapproved color scheme or a color scheme that does not comply with the requirements of this article.

2. Once a color scheme is approved, no person shall modify, alter or change any element of the approved color scheme without prior written approval of the Licensing Officer.

3. No person shall drive or operate a taxicab unless the taxicab has, on both sides and on the rear of the vehicle, each of the following either painted upon it or permanently affixed to it by means of a plate or other device approved by the Licensing Officer, with letters of at least two inches (2") in height:

a. The trade name under which the taxicab is operated;

b. The taxicab vehicle license number of the taxicab; and

c. The telephone number by which the owner, lessee, driver or operator of the taxicab can be reached.

4. No person shall operate a taxicab bearing or having attached to it any unauthorized sticker, sign, banner or magnet.

5. No person shall operate a taxicab vehicle licensed pursuant to this article as anything other than a taxicab, unless the top light, all logos, and all instances of the taxicab trade name on the vehicle are completely covered by approved means, as required by this article.


J. No Pick Up/Drop Off Zones:

1. Taxicabs shall not drop off or pick up any passengers within a designated no pick up/drop off zone.

2. Taxicabs shall not occupy, even temporarily or momentarily, for any purpose, any on street parking space within a designated no pick up/drop off zone.

3. No taxicab shall stop, wait, stand or park at any place on a road, street, highway or alley within a designated no pick up/drop off zone, other than as directed or required by a traffic sign, traffic signal or peace officer.

4. A violation of any of the provisions of this subsection J shall be an infraction, subject to penalty as provided in section 1-4-2 of this Code.


K. Ability To Contact:

1. Every applicant and licensee shall maintain a current, valid telephone number, which shall be answered by the licensee during the hours any taxicab operated by the licensee or pursuant to the licensee's taxicab business license is in operation.

2. This telephone number shall be provided to the Licensing Officer, and shall be updated in writing by the applicant or licensee within two (2) days of any change.

3. The telephone number may be answered by a voicemail system, answering service or competent person who takes a message; provided, that the licensee shall return every message left by the Licensing Officer within twenty four (24) hours of the time such message is left.


L. Other Unlawful Practices:

1. No person shall ride on the fenders, hood or any place on the outside of a taxicab, or permit or allow any person to do so.

2. No taxicab driver shall carry or transport any person other than those who first hired or employed the taxicab unless the person or persons who first hired or employed the taxicab expressly consent to the acceptance of additional passenger or passengers.

3. No taxicab driver shall carry more passengers in a taxicab than the rated seating capacity of the taxicab.

4. No taxicab driver shall refuse or neglect to convey, on public roads or private roads open to the public, any orderly person or persons, unless previously hired or employed. Every driver shall have the right to demand payment of a fare in advance if he/she has reasonable grounds to believe that the fare will not be paid at the completion of the trip.

5. No taxicab owner, driver or operator shall attempt to divert patronage from one business entity or person to another.

6. No taxicab owner, driver or operator shall violate any law, rule or airport management practice concerning the conduct of persons owning, operating or having charge of taxicabs on or about airport premises.

7. No licensee shall solicit any person, or assist in the solicitation of any person, to participate in any illegal, illicit, immoral, fraudulent or unlawful act.

8. No licensee shall engage in any unfair or deceptive act or practice.

9. Every taxicab driver shall keep and maintain a daily record, as required by this article.

10. Every taxicab driver, upon request or demand of the Licensing Officer or a law enforcement officer, shall make the required daily record available for inspection.

11. No person shall park a taxicab upon any street, alley or public place in the City where the time for parking is restricted, except in a designated stand or during the time necessary for receiving and discharging passengers at the curb.

12. No person or vehicle, other than a taxicab licensed pursuant to this article, shall occupy or use any taxicab stand.

13. Except as specifically authorized by this article, no person shall mark out, extend or designate any taxicab stand.

14. No taxicab driver shall exceed the maximum number of taxicabs allowed to occupy a taxicab stand.

15. No person shall operate or drive a taxicab while consuming, or affected in any way by, any alcoholic beverage, illegal drug, legally prescribed drug, or "over the counter" drug that may impair or affect the ability to operate a motor vehicle in a safe manner. For the purposes of this subsection, any drug for which a warning, precaution, adverse event or side effect indicating that the drug may impair alertness, motor coordination, mental or physical alertness or abilities, light headedness, dizziness, sedation or similar effect is required by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be printed on the label shall be considered "a drug that may impair or affect the ability to operate a motor vehicle in a safe manner".

16. Every taxicab driver shall retain all lost or unclaimed property for a minimum of thirty (30) days, and upon claim by a passenger, shall transfer such property back to the rightful owner.

17. No person shall consume any beer, wine, alcohol beverage, liquor, tobacco or tobacco product, or illegal drug in a taxicab.

18. Taxicab drivers, while driving, operating or otherwise in actual physical control of a taxicab, are prohibited from having any beer, wine, alcohol beverage or liquor in their possession, on their person or within their control.

19. No taxicab driver shall purchase and transport any beer, wine, alcohol beverage, liquor, or tobacco or tobacco product at the request or direction of any other person for transport or delivery to that person or any other person.

20. No person shall aggressively solicit any other person to engage or hire a particular taxicab that is waiting in a taxicab stand or line.

21. No person shall fail to fully comply with every provision of this article.

22. No taxicab driver shall discriminate against a person with a disability. Discrimination may include, but is not limited to:

a. Refusing to provide taxicab service to a person with a disability; or

b. Refusing to assist with the stowing of any mobility device when the taxicab driver is physically able to assist; or

c. Refusing to transport a service animal; or

d. Charging a higher fare or an additional fee for providing taxicab service to a person with a disability. (1952 Code § 5-24-17; amd. Ord. 50-13, 1-7-2014; 2019 Code)

3-13A-20: Violation; Penalty


A. Violations: Unless otherwise specifically indicated herein, every violation of the provisions of this article shall be a misdemeanor.


B. Misdemeanor Penalty: Every misdemeanor violation of the provisions of this article shall be punishable as provided in section 1-4-1 of this Code.


C. Infraction Penalty: Every violation of this article specifically identified as an infraction shall be subject to penalty as provided in section 1-4-2 of this Code, exclusive of court costs and fees. There shall be no right to a trial by jury of an infraction citation or complaint. Trials of infraction charges shall be before the court without a jury. (1952 Code § 5-24-18; amd. 2019 Code)

ARTICLE B - Commercial Transportation Vehicles

3-13B-1: Statement Of Purpose And Findings


The Council finds that the public health, safety and welfare requires safe vehicles, trustworthy drivers and insurance on vehicles. The public is justifiably concerned about, and requires protection from, pricing that is arbitrary, unfair or imposed under inequality of bargaining power or duress. The Council further finds that opportunities for passenger transport within the City are increasing, and hereby declares that commercial ventures attempting to enter this market should not be restrained or overregulated, except to afford basic protections to the public and ensure a level playing field with respect to government regulation. (1952 Code § 5-03-01)

3-13B-2: Definitions


For the purposes of this chapter, the following terms, phrases, words and derivations shall have the meanings given herein. When not inconsistent with the context, words used in the present tense include the future tense, words in the plural number include the singular number, and words in the singular number include the plural number. The word "shall" is always mandatory and not merely directory. Words used throughout this chapter, but not defined herein or in chapter 1, article A of this title, shall have their plain, ordinary and common meaning. Words in any gender shall apply to the feminine, masculine and neuter genders.

APPLICANT: A person making an application for a license, or the renewal thereof, to own, lease, use, operate, drive or maintain a commercial transportation vehicle.

AUTO TRANSPORTATION SERVICE: Any business operating one or more commercial transportation vehicles for hire by prearranged appointment only, at hourly, daily or weekly rates, or as agreed upon by the passenger and business, and which is conducted or maintained for the purpose of providing transportation with services carrying passengers for hire, and which transports passengers between points and over such routes as may be directed by a passenger, and not on a regular route.

BUS: A motor vehicle used for the purpose of transporting people with a minimum capacity of sixteen (16) passengers which is hired to provide services for a passenger or group of passengers traveling from one location to another for a common purpose, or which provides regular route service from one location to another and which is subject to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations under the jurisdiction of the Idaho State Police and Idaho Transportation Department.

COMMERCIAL TRANSPORTATION SERVICE BUSINESS LICENSE: A license to engage in a business operating one or more commercial transportation vehicles for the purpose of an auto transportation service, limousine service, shuttle service, touring vehicle service, or any other service for the purpose of transporting passengers between specified points on either a regular route or at the direction of the passenger at fares agreed upon by the passenger and business. Such a service does not include taxicabs which are regulated separately under article A of this chapter. Such service does not include a "bus" or "courtesy vehicle service", as defined in this section.

COMMERCIAL TRANSPORTATION SERVICE DRIVER'S LICENSE: A license to drive, operate or have charge of a commercial transportation vehicle pursuant to, and in conjunction with, a valid commercial transportation service business license.

COMMERCIAL TRANSPORTATION VEHICLE: Any vehicle, powered by gasoline engine, electric motor, horse drawn, human powered, or by any other means, used to transport passengers for hire or any other consideration. This definition includes vehicles used by an auto transportation service, limousine service, touring vehicle service, shuttle service, pedicabs, rickshaw, and any other vehicle other than taxicabs, buses and those operated by a courtesy vehicle service which transports passengers. This definition does not include the use of taxicabs operated pursuant to article A of this chapter, buses, courtesy vehicle service vehicles, or vehicles operated as part of a governmentally sponsored program. A commercial transportation vehicle shall only be operated by a driver possessing a commercial transportation service driver's license pursuant to a commercial transportation service business license.

COURTESY VEHICLE SERVICE: Any service operating one or more commercial transportation vehicles on behalf of a business, such as a hotel, convention center or other business entity, for the purpose of transporting passengers who are patronizing that business, to or from the business. Such vehicles are not for hire by the general public at any time, and shall be clearly marked with the business name or logo, owned by, leased by or contracted for by the business, and exclusively dedicated to serve the business and patrons of the business, at no charge to the patron. Courtesy vehicles may not provide transportation to any passenger for a charge. Tips or gratuities may be offered to the driver at the conclusion of the service, at the sole discretion of the passenger, but may not be solicited or negotiated by the driver at any time.

DRIVER: Any person who drives or who is in actual physical control of any commercial transportation vehicle. "Actual physical control", as used in this article, shall be defined as being in the driver's position of the commercial transportation vehicle with the motor running or, if no motor exists in the vehicle, with the vehicle moving.

FARE: Money or other value given in exchange for transporting a person or passenger pursuant to a commercial transportation business license, based upon agreement between the passenger and business.

LICENSING OFFICE: The City Clerk or his/her designee.

LIMOUSINE SERVICE: Any business operating one or more commercial transportation vehicles for hire by prearranged appointment only, at hourly, daily or weekly rates as agreed upon between the passenger and business, which is conducted or maintained for the purpose of providing luxury transportation with services carrying passengers for hire, and which transports passengers between points and over such routes as may be directed by a passenger, and not on a fixed route. Such vehicles include, but are not limited to, limousines, luxury town cars, "party buses" and stretch sport utility vehicles.

PERSON: Any person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company or any organization of any kind.

PREARRANGED APPOINTMENT: Transportation for a passenger or group of passengers that is arranged in advance, or pursuant to a regular route between specified points, and is provided in a commercial transportation vehicle.

SHUTTLE SERVICE: Any business operating one or more commercial transportation vehicles for hire by prearranged appointment and not on a regular route and charged on a per passenger basis, which may make multiple stops, picking up one or more fare paying passengers, on the way to one or more destination.

TOURING VEHICLE SERVICE: Any business operating one or more commercial transportation vehicles, other than one rented without a driver, or a taxicab, bus or limousine, or incident to a governmentally sponsored program, used for the transportation of more than four (4) passengers for hire for sightseeing, educational tours or other such similar excursions, the charges for which are determined by the length of time for which the vehicle is engaged, the distance traveled, a fixed fee, or any combination of such methods of determining such charges. (1952 Code § 5-03-01; amd. 2019 Code)

3-13B-3: Business License Required


A. License Required: It shall be unlawful for any person to own, lease, conduct, operate or maintain, or permit to be conducted, operated or maintained, or to participate in the conduct, operation or maintenance of, a commercial transportation vehicle within the City unless a valid business license pursuant to this article has been issued. (1952 Code § 5-03-02)


B. Application Required; Background Check: Application for such license shall be made to the Office of the City Clerk in such form and manner as may be prescribed, but the application shall include: the name and address of the applicant, and if a partnership, the names and addresses of each partner, and if a corporation or association, the names and addresses of the principal stockholders or agent; the name of the operating manager; proof of a valid driver's license; a statement of the number of vehicles to be operated and each vehicle identification number; a listed telephone number; and such other information as may be required. (Ord. 38-15, 8-25-2015)


C. Investigation: Upon receipt of an application for a license, the Office of the City Clerk shall cause an investigation to be made to the extent necessary to determine whether the applicant is qualified to hold a commercial transportation service business license and to own, lease, conduct, operate or maintain, or permit to be conducted, operated or maintained, or to participate in the conduct, operation or maintenance of, a commercial transportation vehicle.


D. Persons Prohibited: No person shall be issued a license to engage in the business of owning, leasing, conducting, operating or maintaining a commercial transportation vehicle when that person:

1. Is under the age of eighteen (18) years;

2. Is required to register as a sex offender, pursuant to the Sexual Offender Registration Notification and Community Right-to-Know Act, Idaho Code section 18-8301, et seq., and the Juvenile Sex Offender Registration Notification and Community Right-to-Know Act, Idaho Code section 18-8401, et seq.;

3. Has ever been convicted of, paid any fine, been placed on probation, received a deferred sentence, received a withheld judgment, sentenced to confinement (including options in lieu of confinement), or suffered the forfeiture of a bond for any felony involving the use or threat of violence against the person of another, or any felony involving the sexual enticement of minors;

4. Has been, within three (3) years prior to the date of making application for such license, convicted of, paid any fine, been placed on probation, received a deferred sentence, received a withheld judgment, sentenced to confinement (including options in lieu of confinement), or suffered the forfeiture of a bond for any felony not covered by subsection D3 of this section;

5. Has been, within three (3) years prior to the date of making application for such license, convicted of, paid any fine, been placed on probation, received a deferred sentence, received a withheld judgment, or sentenced to confinement (including options in lieu of confinement) for any misdemeanor involving:

a. The use of force against the person or property of another;

b. The threat of force against the person of another;

c. Stalking, telephone harassment or violations of protection orders or no contact orders;

d. Theft or larceny;

e. The use, possession or sale of illicit drugs;

f. Possession of a concealed weapon;

g. Illicit sexual activity; or

h. Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

6. Has, at the time of such application, an outstanding warrant; or

7. Has had a similar license revoked by this City or any other city of this State, or of the United States, within the preceding three (3) years.


E. Drivers Required To Maintain Commercial Driver's License: In addition to obtaining a commercial transportation service business license, the licensee shall ensure that all drivers of the business' commercial transportation vehicles continually maintain and conspicuously place within the commercial transportation vehicle a commercial transportation service driver's license. The operation of a commercial transportation vehicle by a driver without a valid commercial transportation service driver's license shall subject the commercial transportation service business license to suspension or revocation.


F. Qualifications Of Partners, Members: The affirmative showing required with respect to the qualifications of an applicant shall also be required to be made with respect to each partner of a partnership application and to each incumbent officer, director or member of the Governing Board of a corporation or association application.


G. Qualifications Maintained: A commercial transportation service business license shall not be issued to a person who, at the time of application for renewal of a license issued hereunder would not be eligible or qualified for such license upon a first application, and a licensee must continue to have and maintain all the qualifications and none of the disqualifications provided herein throughout the license period. It shall be the duty of the licensee to immediately notify the Licensing Office if any event, subsequent to the issuance of a commercial transportation service business license, renders the licensee ineligible or unqualified for such a license. Failure to continually maintain said requirements throughout the duration of the license may result in the suspension or revocation of the business license.


H. Telephone Number Required: The applicant must maintain a telephone number which is answered during the hours his commercial transportation service is in operation, and such telephone number must be provided to the Office of the City Clerk. Such telephone number may be an answering service.


I. Issuance Of License; Provisional License: If the applicant meets all of the qualifications and none of the disqualifications, the City Clerk shall issue, upon application and payment, a commercial transportation service business license. A provisional license may be issued pending completion of the required investigation.


J. Display Of License: A copy of the commercial transportation service business license must be conspicuously placed within each commercial transportation vehicle. (1952 Code § 5-03-02)

3-13B-4: State Driver's License, Commercial Transportation Service Driver's License Required


Every person desiring to drive, operate, or have charge of a commercial transportation vehicle within the City limits shall make application to the Office of the City Clerk for a license to do so. Such application shall be made upon a form provided by the Office of the City Clerk and shall be filled out and signed by the applicant in the applicant's handwriting.


A. Business License, Driver's License And Commercial Driver's License Required: It shall be unlawful for any person to drive, operate or have charge of a vehicle operated as a commercial transportation vehicle unless pursuant to a valid commercial transportation business license and the driver possesses a valid State of Idaho driver's license and a valid commercial transportation service driver's license as provided herein, all of which are in full force and effect. (1952 Code § 5-03-03)


B. Application For License; Background Check: Application for a commercial transportation service driver's license shall be made to the Office of the City Clerk in such form and manner as may be prescribed, but the application shall include the name and address of the applicant, the length of time he has resided in the City, the last place of employment with the name and address of the employer, whether the applicant has been previously licensed as a driver, and such other information as may be required. (Ord. 38-15, 8-25-2015)


C. Investigation: Upon receipt of an application for a license, the Office of the City Clerk shall cause an investigation to be made to the extent necessary to determine whether the applicant is qualified to hold a commercial transportation service driver's license and to drive, operate or have charge of a commercial transportation vehicle.


D. Persons Prohibited: No person shall be issued a license to drive, operate or have charge of a commercial transportation vehicle when that person:

1. Is under the age of eighteen (18) years.

2. Is required to register as a sex offender, pursuant to the Sexual Offender Registration Notification and Community Right-to-Know Act, Idaho Code section 18-8301, et seq., and the Juvenile Sex Offender Registration Notification and Community Right-to-Know Act, Idaho Code section 18-8401, et seq.

3. Has ever been convicted of, paid any fine, been placed on probation, received a deferred sentence, received a withheld judgment, sentenced to confinement (including options in lieu of confinement), or suffered the forfeiture of a bond for any felony involving the use or threat of violence against the person of another, or any felony involving the sexual enticement of minors.

4. Has been, within three (3) years prior to the date of making application for such license, convicted of, paid any fine, been placed on probation, received a deferred sentence, received a withheld judgment, sentenced to confinement (including options in lieu of confinement), or suffered the forfeiture of a bond for any felony not covered by subsection D3 of this section.

5. Has been, within three (3) years prior to the date of making application for such license, convicted of, paid any fine, been placed on probation, received a deferred sentence, received a withheld judgment, or sentenced to confinement (including options in lieu of confinement) for any misdemeanor involving:

a. The use of force against the person or property of another;

b. The threat for force against the person of another;

c. Stalking, telephone harassment or violations of protection orders or no contact orders;

d. Theft or larceny;

e. The use, possession or sale of illicit drugs;

f. Possession of a concealed weapon;

g. Illicit sexual activity;

h. Contributing to the delinquency of a minor; or

i. Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

6. Has at the time of such application, an outstanding warrant.

7. Has had a similar license revoked by this City or any other city of this State or of the United States within the preceding three (3) years.


E. Proof Of Violator: No license shall be granted to an applicant nor may a licensee maintain an existing license in good standing where satisfactory proof is submitted that such applicant operates motor vehicles in an unskillful, dangerous or reckless manner, or habitually uses intoxicating liquor or drugs, or who repeatedly violates the laws of the City relating to traffic or this article, or who violates the laws of the City while engaged in the business activity regulated by this article.


F. Qualifications Maintained: A commercial transportation service driver's license shall not be issued to a person who, at the time of application for renewal of a license issued hereunder would not be eligible or qualified for such license upon a first application, and a licensee must continue to have and maintain all the qualifications and none of the disqualifications provided herein throughout the license period. It shall be the duty of the licensee to immediately notify the Licensing Office if any event, subsequent to the issuance of a commercial transportation service driver's license, renders the licensee ineligible or unqualified for such a license. Failure to continually maintain said requirements throughout the duration of the license may result in revocation of the driver's license.


G. Issuance Of License; Provisional License: If the applicant meets all of the qualifications and none of the disqualifications, the City Clerk shall issue, upon application and payment therefor, a commercial transportation services driver's license. A provisional license may be issued pending completion of the required investigation.


H. Content Of License; Display; Exhibit Upon Request: Upon approval by the Office of the City Clerk, a license shall be issued to the applicant for a commercial transportation services driver's license. Such license shall contain the applicant's full name, physical description and a photograph of the applicant. Whenever the licensee is driving, operating or in charge of any commercial transportation vehicle, such license card must be so affixed to the vehicle so as to be in full and clear view of any passenger in the rear seat of the vehicle, if the vehicle's construction allows. It shall be unlawful for a licensee to fail or neglect to have his license card posted as required by this article at all times while driving, operating or having charge of a commercial transportation vehicle within the City limits, or to permit the use or possession of the license by another, or to fail or refuse upon demand of any City officer, police officer, peace officer, Sheriff, Deputy Sheriff or passenger to exhibit the license for inspection. (1952 Code § 5-03-03)

3-13B-5: Fees For Licenses; Term; Renewal


A. Business License: The application for a commercial transportation service business license enabling an applicant to own, lease, conduct, operate or maintain, or permit to be conducted, operated or maintained, or to participate in the conduct, operation or maintenance of a commercial transportation vehicle within the City shall be accompanied by an annual nonrefundable license fee in such amount as established by the City Council and listed on the most current City Clerk license fee schedule. The commercial transportation service business license fees herein required shall be for one year expiring on June 30 of each year. A renewal of such license shall be issued by the City Clerk upon payment of the license fee on or before June 30 of the year for which such renewal is desired.


B. Driver's License: The application for each commercial transportation service driver's license enabling an applicant to drive, operate or have charge of a commercial transportation vehicle within the City shall be accompanied by a nonrefundable license fee in such amount as established by the City Council and listed on the most current City Clerk license fee schedule. The commercial transportation service driver's license herein required shall expire at the end of one year from the date of issuance. (1952 Code § 5-03-04; amd. 2019 Code)


C. Fees Additional: License fees collected in accordance with this title and this article shall be in addition to any license and other fees collected in accordance with commercial transportation vehicles or other vehicles operating at the Boise Airport. (1952 Code § 5-03-04)

3-13B-6: Medical Certificate


Every two (2) years, each applicant for a commercial transportation services driver's license shall submit with the application a medical certificate from a licensed physician specifically stating that the applicant has sufficient hearing, vision and general health such that the applicant is physically and mentally fit for the safe operation of a commercial transportation vehicle. (1952 Code § 5-03-05)

3-13B-7: Insurance Requirements


A. Vehicle Insurance: Each licensed commercial transportation vehicle operating within the City shall be insured under a motor vehicle liability policy of insurance, issued by an insurance carrier duly authorized to do business in the State, which provides coverage in the amount of five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000.00).


B. Businesses:

1. Every commercial transportation service business licensee shall tender to the City Clerk a certificate of insurance designating the vehicle or vehicles covered and certifying that insurance in the amounts specified herein is in effect. Said certificate of insurance shall specify as the certificate holder Boise City, P.O. Box 500, Boise, Idaho, 83701.

2. The failure of any licensee to tender such certificate shall be grounds for suspension or revocation of said license. Such insurance shall be maintained throughout the licensing period.


C. Certificate: No commercial transportation services business license shall be issued or renewed and no quarterly inspection decal shall be issued until a certificate of insurance certifying that the commercial transportation vehicle is insured as herein provided is tendered to the City Clerk.


D. Notification Of Cancellation: Every commercial transportation service business licensee shall immediately notify the City Clerk of the voluntary or involuntary cancellation of any certificate of insurance on any licensed commercial transportation vehicle. In addition to other prescribed penalties for violations of this article, failure to so notify the City Clerk shall be grounds for suspension or revocation of the commercial transportation service business license. (1952 Code § 5-03-06)

3-13B-8: Limitations Or Restrictions May Be Imposed


The Licensing Officer shall have the power to issue a license approved by this article with limitations or restrictions relative to the nature of the license issued. (1952 Code § 5-03-07)

3-13B-9: Transfer Of License


A. Permitted, Prohibited Transfers: A commercial transportation service business license may not be transferred or leased without the written approval, upon application, of the City Clerk. A commercial transportation service driver's license may not be transferred. (1952 Code § 5-03-08)


B. Applicant Qualifications; Fee: An applicant for a transfer of a commercial transportation service business license within the City shall show the same qualifications and none of the disqualifications for a license as in the initial application. A nonrefundable application fee in such amount as established by the City Council and listed on the most current City Clerk license fee schedule shall accompany the application, for each such transfer requested, unless such transfer occurs on or after January 1, in which case the nonrefundable fee for transfer from one person to another shall be in such amount as established by the City Council and listed on the most current City Clerk license fee schedule.


C. Vehicle Transfers; Fee: Transfer of a commercial transportation service business license from one vehicle to another vehicle shall be accompanied by a nonrefundable transfer fee in such amount as established by the City Council and listed on the most current City Clerk license fee schedule. Prior to the issuance of a license, the new vehicle must be inspected as required by this article. A certificate of insurance and the transferred vehicle's license must be submitted with the application. (1952 Code § 5-03-08; amd. 2019 Code)

3-13B-10: Vehicle Inspections


A. Motorized Commercial Transportation Vehicles: No motor vehicle shall be issued a license as a commercial transportation vehicle until that vehicle has been inspected in accordance with the following requirements, and found to be in acceptable condition. The inspection of a commercial transportation vehicle shall be made at a time and place to be designated by the City Clerk. It shall be unlawful to substitute equipment or parts subsequent to inspection unless such substituted equipment or parts are in equal or better condition than the equipment or parts being substituted or replaced.

1. Mechanical:

a. Tires: Tires must not have cuts, breaks or show excessive uneven wear. Tire wear bars must not be showing. Tire tread depth shall not be less than two thirty-seconds (2/32) of an inch of an original tire. The vehicle must have a spare tire, fully inflated and in the same condition as required above. Tires must all be of the same type (either radial or bias).

b. Body Condition: The body must be in good condition, free of holes and torn metal. Both a front and a rear bumper must be firmly attached. No extensive unrepaired body damage will be allowed. The vehicle shall be completely and properly painted.

c. Lights: Headlights shall be intact and operable on both high and low beam. Tail lights, parking lights, brake lights and signal lights shall be intact and operable. An interior light capable of illuminating the interior shall be operable.

d. Wipers: Both windshield wipers shall be in good condition and operable.

e. Brakes: Both the parking brake and all four (4) wheel brakes must be in good condition and operable. Brake shoes or pads must have a safe amount of wear left. Brake pedal travel shall be no more than two and one-half inches (21/2").

f. Steering: There shall not be more than three inches (3") of free play when turning the steering wheel from one side to the other.

g. Exhaust System: Mufflers shall not have any holes, and shall be firmly attached to the exhaust and tail pipes. Exhaust pipes shall be firmly attached to the engine and free of leaks. Tail pipes shall extend beyond the passenger compartment, fully to the rear of the vehicle. All emission control devices shall be attached and in proper working order.

h. Windows: The windshield shall be free of cracks or chips that interfere with the driver's vision. Door windows shall be free of cracks and operable as they were intended by the manufacturer.

i. Door Handles: All door handles and latches shall be operable from both the inside and outside of the vehicle.

j. Seat Belts: The vehicle shall be equipped with sufficient seat belts to provide safety to each passenger, and be in accordance with State law.

k. Suspension: The suspension system shall be maintained so that there are no broken or weak springs, or weak or defective shock absorbers.

2. Appearance:

a. Engine Compartment: The engine compartment shall be kept reasonably clean and free of uncontained combustible material.

b. Exterior: The exterior shall be kept clean and well maintained.

c. Interior: The interior shall be kept clean and free of litter. The seats and upholstery shall be kept clean and free of holes and tears.


B. Nonmotorized Commercial Transportation Vehicles: No nonmotorized vehicle shall be issued a license as a commercial transportation vehicle until that vehicle has been inspected in accordance with the following requirements, and found to be in acceptable condition. The inspection of a nonmotorized commercial transportation vehicle shall be made at a time and place to be designated by the City Clerk. It shall be unlawful to substitute equipment or parts subsequent to inspection unless such substituted equipment or parts are in equal or better condition than the equipment or parts being substituted or replaced.

1. Mechanical:

a. Tires And Wheels: Tires must not have cuts, breaks or show excessive uneven wear. Tires must have adequate tread. Wheels must be true.

b. Body/Frame Condition: The body/frame must be in good condition, free of cracks, large dents, holes or torn metal. No extensive unrepaired body damage will be allowed.

c. Lights: If operating at nighttime, nonmotorized commercial transportation vehicles shall be equipped with an operable headlamp, a flashing or steady rear lamp, and reflectors on all wheels and on the front stem.

d. Brakes: Brakes must be in good condition and operable. Brake pads or disc brakes must have a safe amount of wear left and shall not be warped.

e. Steering: The steering apparatus shall be free of excessive or unsafe free play.

2. Appearance:

a. Exterior: The exterior shall be kept clean and well maintained.

b. Interior: The interior shall be kept clean and free of litter. The seats and upholstery shall be kept clean and free of holes and tears.


C. Inspection And Inspection Fees:

1. All motorized commercial transportation vehicles must be in compliance with any required motor vehicle emission regulations, and must have a valid certificate of compliance, in addition to the inspection requirements listed above.

2. The inspection required by this section shall be performed prior to the issuance of a commercial transportation service business license, and each calendar quarter thereafter for motorized commercial transportation vehicles, and each calendar year thereafter for nonmotorized commercial transportation vehicles. Calendar quarters are the periods of January through March, April through June, July through September, and October through December. The required quarterly inspection shall be completed prior to the beginning of the next following quarter. The requirements of this section shall be maintained throughout the inspection quarter and year. (1952 Code § 5-03-09)

3. For motorized commercial transportation vehicles, there shall be a fee for the initial vehicle inspection, for each quarterly inspection thereafter, and pursuant to a license transfer. The fee shall be collected in advance of the inspection. If the inspection results in the need for a reinspection of the vehicle, a reinspection fee shall be charged, except where such reinspection requires elevation of the vehicle, in which case, the reinspection fee shall be an additional amount. The fees required in this subsection shall be in such amounts as established by the City Council and listed on the most current City Clerk license fee schedule.

4. For nonmotorized commercial transportation vehicles, the fee for the initial vehicle inspection, for each yearly inspection thereafter, and pursuant to a license transfer, shall be in such amount as established by the City Council and listed on the most current City Clerk license fee schedule. The fee shall be collected in advance of the inspection. There shall be no additional charge for a reinspection if one is needed. (1952 Code § 5-03-09; amd. 2019 Code)


D. Temporary Permit: If the inspection reveals deficiencies that are not imminently hazardous, the inspector may issue a temporary permit, not to exceed fifteen (15) days, to allow the deficiency to be corrected. No more than one temporary permit each calendar quarter may be issued to any one vehicle. (1952 Code § 5-03-09)

3-13B-11: Commercial Transportation Vehicles Licensed Elsewhere


Commercial transportation vehicles licensed by an Idaho municipality other than the City may transport passengers from within the State, but outside of the City to a destination within the City. It shall be unlawful for the owner or driver of any such commercial transportation vehicle to seek or accept passengers within the City except such passengers whose destination is directly to a point in such other municipality; provided, however, that the provision of this section shall only apply to vehicles licensed by a municipality which grants reciprocal rights to commercial transportation vehicles licensed by the City. Nothing contained herein shall be construed to contradict or contravene Pub.L. 107-298, 49 USC section 14501, the Real Interstate Driver Equity Act of 2002. (1952 Code § 5-03-10)

3-13B-12: Fares, Rates And Fees


A. Fares charged by a person receiving a commercial transportation services business license to operate an auto transportation service shall be no greater than those agreed upon by the passenger and the business. Fares, rates and fees must be specified in sufficient detail to allow the passenger to make an informed decision about the total fare, rate or fee to be paid prior to or following service. Any additional fares, rates or fees and the circumstances under which such fees or fares may be assessed must be made known and made available to the passenger prior to service.


B. All drivers of commercial transportation vehicles employed to carry passengers to a definite point shall take the most direct route possible that will carry the passenger safely and expeditiously to his destination, and no other method or means of measuring or computing distance or time shall be used or employed except as in this article provided. (1952 Code § 5-03-11)

3-13B-13: Unlawful Practices


It shall be unlawful for any person to:


A. Permit or allow any person, or for any person to ride on the fenders, hood or any place on the outside of a commercial transportation vehicle.


B. Permit more persons to be carried in a commercial transportation vehicle as passengers than the rated seated capacity of the commercial transportation vehicle, except that a child in arms shall not be counted as a passenger.


C. Verbally attempt to divert patronage from one hotel, motel or business to another.


D. Violate any parking laws, rules, regulations or management practices authorized by law regulating parking within the City.


E. Permit any person other than a person licensed by this article, to operate or drive a commercial transportation vehicle while in service.


F. Solicit any person, or to assist in the solicitation of any person, to participate in any illicit, immoral or unlawful sex act.


G. Operate or drive a commercial transportation vehicle while consuming, or affected in any way by, any alcoholic beverage, illegal drug or legal drug which impairs the ability to operate a motor vehicle, or to sell, provide or buy for, any alcoholic beverage or illegal drug to a passenger.


H. Fail or neglect to visually display in the vehicle his/her commercial transportation vehicle business license, commercial transportation vehicle driver's license and Idaho driver's license card while driving, operating or having charge of a commercial transportation vehicle within the City limits, or to permit the use or possession of his license by another or fail or refuse upon demand of any City officer, police officer, peace officer, Sheriff, Deputy Sheriff or passenger to exhibit his license for inspection.


I. Solicit passengers or business for the limousine service, shuttle service, touring vehicle service or a particular commercial transportation vehicle, except by lawful advertisement, handheld signs seeking to establish contact with a prearranged passenger or passengers, or some other lawful means.


J. Accept hails from prospective passengers upon or along the streets of the City.


K. Loiter upon or about any premises within the City for the purpose of seeking or soliciting prospective passengers who have not engaged the commercial transportation service by previous appointment.


L. Accept passengers other than by prearranged appointment initiated by a prospective passenger or such passenger's authorized agent or representative.


M. Charge any passenger a fare, fee or rate in excess of the fare, fee or rates agreed upon between the passenger and business.


N. Violate any rule, regulation, ordinance or management practice regulating the stopping, standing, parking or operation on or about airport premises of commercial transportation vehicles or regulating the conduct of persons operating or having charge of such commercial transportation vehicles or revenue shuttles on or about airport premises, including occupation of any parking space at the airport other than those specifically designated by the Airport Commission or Airport Director for use by the applicable commercial transportation vehicle or revenue shuttle.


O. Refuse to pay the regular fare, fee or charge for a commercial transportation vehicle after having hired or employed the same.


P. Misrepresent the nature or purpose of the service being provided. (1952 Code § 5-03-12)

3-13B-14: Penalty


The violation of any of the provisions of this article, or the failure or omission to perform any duty imposed by the provisions of this article, is hereby declared unlawful and punishable as a general misdemeanor, subject to penalty as provided in section 1-4-1 of this Code. In addition to a criminal penalty, the violation of any of the provisions of this article may result in either the suspension or revocation of the commercial transportation service business and/or driver's license pursuant to chapter 1, article A of this title. (1952 Code § 5-03-13; amd. 2019 Code)