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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 15

Meeting Date: February 14, 2006

Subject/Title: Report of Rate Schedule filed by AA Brentwood Taxi as required by section 5.60.150 of the Brentwood Municipal Code; update of AA Brentwood Taxi License Application and Driver’s Permit Application

Prepared by: Margaret Wimberly, City Clerk

Submitted by: Karen Chew, Assistant City Manager

RECOMMENDATION
Accept report of Rate Schedule filed by AA Brentwood Taxi as required by section 5.60.150 of the Brentwood Municipal Code.

PREVIOUS ACTION
Chapter 5.60 of the Brentwood Municipal Code, Taxicabs, was adopted by Ordinance 17 in 1948, and section 5.60.010 was revised by Ordinance 271 in 1978.

BACKGROUND
On December 27, 2005, AA Brentwood Taxi filed a Taxi License Application with the Police Department, the application listed Richard Eaton and Roger Collins as the owners. The Municipal Code requires that once a license application is filed, no license be granted within forty-days after the date of the filing of the application and that the Police Department complete a background investigation of the license applicants.

In addition to the background investigation proof of Liability Insurance, which is described in section 5.60.080 of the Municipal Code (attached), is also required for the issuance of a Taxi License.

In addition to a Taxi License for the business, a Taxi Driver’s Permit is required for each driver of the taxi, and may be issued by the City Clerk following the filing of a Taxi Driver’s Permit Application once the following requirements are met: The driver must evidence a proficient knowledge of the traffic laws of the City of Brentwood and the State of California, and demonstrate the ability to operate a taxicab or rent car, all to the satisfaction of the City Clerk. The driver shall be fingerprinted by, and his record filed in, the Police Department Bureau of Identification and, shall also provide two recent photographs and proof that the driver is over the age of eighteen years.

Pursuant to Government Code 53075.5 a test for Controlled Substances and Alcohol is also required for each driver. The test will be administered at the applicant’s expense by a certified testing center, with test results reported directly to the City, and the applicant will be notified of the results.

The forty-day waiting period expired on February 5, 2006, and if proof of liability insurance is filed with the City Clerk’s office, the Taxi License will be issued to AA Brentwood Taxi.

The Taxi Driver’s Permits will be issued to Richard Eaton and Roger Collins once the City Clerk’s office receives evidence of a valid California Driver’s License for each driver, two recent photographs of each driver, proof of age(over 18), and proof of negative test results for Controlled Substances and Alcohol for each driver.

On January 13, 2006, Richard Eaton of the Taxi Company filed a rate schedule with the City Clerk’s office. Section 5.160.150 of the Brentwood Municipal Code requires that the City Clerk file a copy of the rates with the Police Department and report the rates to the City Council at its next regular meeting. If a changed rate schedule is filed by the owner, it must be approved by a resolution of the City Council.

At the City Council meeting of January 24, 2006, Richard Eaton, AA Brentwood Taxi, spoke under citizens comments at the Council meeting and requested that his application be approved. At that time the forty-day waiting period required by the Code had not yet elapsed. While Mr. Eaton had filed a business license application with the City’s Finance Department on December 21, 2005, that is a separate document and does not apply to the forty-day waiting period.

As stated in the background section of this agenda item, the City’s Taxicab Ordinance was adopted in 1948, and one section amended in 1976. In reviewing the subject application and current process with the City Attorney, it was determined that a comprehensive review of the City’s Taxi Ordinance should be undertaken and the ordinance revised and updated. A revised ordinance will be brought forward for your consideration at a future meeting.

FISCAL IMPACT
There is no fiscal impact associated with this action.

Attachment:
Chapter 5.60 of the Brentwood Municipal Code – Taxicabs
Rates provided by AA Brentwood Taxi
 

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