City Aims to Improve Taxi Service & Availability

Release Date: 
05/12/2015

The Hermiston City Council voted unanimously Monday night to end a 51 year old ban which prevented multiple taxi companies from operating within eastern Oregon’s largest city.  The council replaced the existing Exclusive Franchise with a licensing system which allows any taxi company to operate in the community so long as they meet minimum standards established by the City and receive a license.

Taxicab Company Certificate Application

Taxicab Driver Permit Application

The existing Franchise is set to expire on June 30, 2015, and the new licensing program will take effect on July 1.  In order to receive a license, taxi companies must provide service for at least 18 hours per day, and all taxi drivers must receive a permit after receiving a background check from the Police Department. 

There were approximately 4,500 residents in Hermiston when the City Council adopted the Exclusive Franchise for taxis in 1964.  The intent of the original ban was to ensure that at least one taxi could make a viable business out of serving the small community.  Today, there are approximately 39,000 people who live within a 12 minute drive of downtown Hermiston.  Meanwhile, Pendleton already allows multiple taxis to operate within the city if they meet minimum standards and receive a license, and the population within 12 minutes of Pendleton is only 22,000 people.  Research conducted by the City found no other cities in Oregon of a similar size to Hermiston which still use an Exclusive Franchise for taxi service.

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