The city of Hermiston has eliminated a 51-year-old ban that allowed for a single taxi provider in the community.
Although the city government had allowed for years multiple taxi companies to operate as long as they met standards and had a license, the city council didn’t repeal the exclusive franchise ordinance, instituted when Hermiston had a population of 4,500, until Monday night, a city news release said.
The original ban was meant to allow at least one taxi provider to have a viable business in the once small community. With nearly 40,000 now living less than 15 minutes from downtown Hermiston, that is no longer a concern.
The city’s new licensing program will take effect on July 1. Taxi companies wishing to operate in the city can get a license if they provide service at least 18 hours out of each day and all company drivers have received a permit and background check from the Hermiston Police Department.