(A)   No person shall operate or permit to operate a ground transportation service within Louisville Metro without having first obtained a certificate.
   (B)   No person, driver, owner, or certificate holder shall operate, assist in the operation of or permit the operation of any vehicle as a vehicle for hire unless:
      (1)   Such vehicle is properly licensed;
      (2)   The driver of the vehicle has a valid driver's permit; and
      (3)   The provisions of subsections (A) and (B)(1) and (B)(2), above, do not apply when the vehicle is being operated by a duly sworn law enforcement officer in the course of his or her official duties.
   (C)   The provisions of subsections (A) and (B), above, shall not apply to any vehicle for hire, certificate holder, operator, or driver thereof, when the vehicle for hire is being used for, or such certificate holder or driver thereof is engaged in, the sole transportation for hire of passengers from a point outside the corporate limits of Louisville Metro to a point within the corporate limits of Louisville Metro.
   (D)   A vehicle for hire shall not be used nor shall the certificate holder or drivers thereof be authorized to pick up passengers within the corporate limits of Louisville Metro unless the vehicle for hire, the certificate holder, and the driver thereof are qualified to and do apply for and receive all the permits and licenses required by this subchapter.
(1999 Lou. Code, § 111.552)  (Lou. Ord. No. 115-1979, approved 8-17-1979; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 370-1987, approved 12-28-1987; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 172-1996, approved 8-28-1996; Lou. Am. Ord. No. 0045-2002, § 1, approved 3-29-2002; Lou. Metro Am. Ord. No. 223-2005, approved 12-27-2005)  Penalty, see § 115.999