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Division of Taxicabs & Vehicles for Hire. Hearing Panel Procedures And Appellate Process. Director Malachi S. Hull. Section 162-26. Definitions. Bureau means the bureau of taxicabs and vehicles for hire.

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division of taxicabs vehicles for hire
Division of Taxicabs & Vehicles for Hire

Hearing Panel Procedures


Appellate Process

Director Malachi S. Hull

section 162 26 definitions
Section 162-26. Definitions
  • Bureau means the bureau of taxicabs and vehicles for hire.
  • Certificate of public necessity and convenience, CPNC means a license permitting a person to operate one vehicle for hire upon the streets of the city.
  • Company means any person, association, corporation or other organization operating or intending to engage in the business of operating vehicles for hire.
  • Company permit means the application for a permit to engage in the business of operating vehicles for hire.
  • Director means the director, bureau of taxicabs and vehicles for hire.
  • Driver means an individual permitted to drive a vehicle for hire.
section 162 29 a hearing officers
Section 162-29(a) Hearing Officers
  • The Mayor shall have the authority to appoint 16 hearing officers

for the purpose of acting as fact finders regarding charges brought

by bureau.

  • Each hearing officer shall be appointed for a two-year term.
  • Each hearing officer shall receive $75.00 for each day part thereof the hearing officer appears for hearing.
  • Six of the hearing officers shall be attorneys at law with at least three years in the practice of law.
  • Each panel shall have at least one attorney at law but shall not have more than two attorneys.
  • No person shall be appointed as a hearing officer who holds any interest in any licenses issued under the police powers of the city who represents any interest which may be adverse to that of the city.
section 162 29 b
Section 162-29 (b)

Hearing officers shall have the following functions:

(1) Hold hearings regarding the imposition of any fine by the bureau for violation of any section in this article.

(2) Hold hearing regarding any proposed denial, suspension or revocation of any CPNC, driver permit or company permit.

(3) Hear any other matter which requires approval under this article.

section 162 29 c
Section 162-29(c)

After hearing evidence on the charges presented by the bureau and the individual entity charged, the panel of hearing officers shall issue findings of fact and shall render a recommendation as to any penalties or fines in writing with reasons for the recommendation. Such findings and recommendations

shall be submitted to the police

chief, whose decision shall be

final, subject to the writ of

certiorari as provided by law.

section 162 29 d
Section 162-29(d)

No action shall be taken pursuant to this section unless the individual or entity charged has been given five days notice prior to the hearing. Hearings shall be scheduled by the bureau as often as necessary to promote expeditious handling of the charges.

section 162 29 e
Section 162-29(e)

All hearings are administrative in nature, and the strict rules of evidence as applied in court trials shall not apply.

section 162 29 f
Section 162-29(f)

Bureau officials and employees shall not communicate with hearing panel members about cases the hearing officers will be deciding except as part of their

duties within the context of

an administrative hearing.

section 162 29 g
Section 162-29(g)

All testimony at the hearings shall be under oath and shall be subject to cross-examination.

section 162 29 h
Section 162-29(h)

The bureau shall tape record each hearing, and such recording with any documentation presented to the hearing panel shall constitute the official record of the hearing. Such tape recordings shall be maintained until 30 days after final action is taken by the chief. A copy of the tape shall be given to a permit holder upon written request accompanied by a cassette tape.

(Code 1977, § 14-8022: Ord. No. 1995-37, § 20, 7-11-95; Ord. No. 1996-10, 3-11-96)

part two
Part Two

The Appellate Process

the appellate process cont
The Appellate Process (cont.)
  • A driver, company or CPNC owner receives a citation for violating the Atlanta City Codes Chapter 162.
  • The driver, company representative and/or CPNC owner appears before a hearing panel and give their testimony. Based on the testimony of the defendant(s), the officer(s) and witnesses, the panel will issue a “findings of facts” are make a recommendation to the Chief of Police.
  • The Chief of Police thoroughly reviews the “findings of facts” and either agrees or disagrees with the hearing panel’s recommendation. A notice is sent to the defendant explaining the Chief’s final decision. If a fine is assessed the defendant must pay the fine within 21 days.
the appellate process cont1
The Appellate Process (cont.)
  • A petitioner, upon receiving the Chief’s decision, has 30 days from the date of the Chief’s decision to file a “petition for writ of certiorari” in the Superior Court of the city where the decision was rendered.
  • The petition should name a respondent and defendant. The defendant in certiorari is the City; the respondent is the Chief of Police.
the appellate process cont2
The Appellate Process (cont.)
  • The petition then goes before a judge who, upon his approval, issues the writ. **The writ will not be issued if it does not correctly name the defendant and the respondent.**
  • The petitioner then has a responsibility of serving the defendant and respondent. When the defendant and respondent respond to the writ, a hearing date is then set by the judge.
the appellate process cont3
The Appellate Process (cont.)
  • The defendant and respondent must prove that there was evidence to support their decision to find the petitioner guilty. If they can provide said evidence, the judge will rule in their favor; if they can not provide adequate evidence, the judge will rule in the petitioner’s favor, and the petitioner will be refunded all monies paid to the City.