Village of Haverstraw, NY
Rockland County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Haverstraw 7-19-1993 by L.L. No. 2-1993. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fees — See Ch. 132.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 227.

§ 218-1 Intent.

[Amended 12-19-1994 by L.L. No. 6-1994; 11-18-2013 by L.L. No. 2-2013]
It has been determined that the business of transporting passengers for hire by motor vehicle in the Village of Haverstraw is affected with public interest, is a vital and integral part of the transportation system in the Village, and must, therefore, be supervised, regulated and controlled by the Village of Haverstraw. This chapter is specifically designed to regulate vehicles for hire which pick up or drop off passengers in the Village of Haverstraw. This chapter specifically pertains to vehicles for hire which are based within or outside of the Village of Haverstraw and pick up or drop off passengers in the Village of Haverstraw.

§ 218-2 Definitions.

[Amended 8-11-1997 by L.L. No. 4-1997; 9-8-2004 by L.L. No. 1-2004; 11-18-2013 by L.L. No. 2-2013]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
A VEHICLE FOR HIRE
A motor vehicle designed to carry fewer than nine passengers, excluding the driver, which charges for service on the basis of a flat rate, time, mileage or zone and is not permitted to accept hails from a prospective passenger or passengers on the streets in the Village of Haverstraw. A vehicle shall be presumed to be a vehicle for hire under this chapter if it bears license plates, so designated and issued by the State of New York Department of Motor Vehicles for a vehicle for hire, and picks up or drops off passengers in the Village of Haverstraw for transportation.
LIVERY DRIVER AND/OR OWNER
A person owning and/or controlling the use of operating a vehicle for hire on the streets in the Village of Haverstraw.
LIVERY TAXICAB
Exactly the same as "taxicab," except these vehicles shall be exempt from the identification requirements of Subsections A, B, and C of § 218-14 of this chapter and the number of livery taxicabs shall be limited to five livery taxicabs for each taxicab company operating a base in the Village of Haverstraw for the routing of calls for taxicab service.
TAXICAB
Every motor vehicle other than a bus, used in the business of transporting passengers for compensation and operated in such business under a license or permit issued by a local authority. It shall not include vehicles which are rented or leased without a driver.

§ 218-3 Licensing of for-hire vehicles.

All vehicles for hire used to pick up passengers in the Village of Haverstraw shall not be permitted to operate in said village, unless said vehicle is licensed by the Village of Haverstraw.

§ 218-4 Driver's permit.

[Amended 12-19-1994 by L.L. No. 6-1994; 6-3-1996 by L.L. No. 4-1996]
A. 
No person shall operate a vehicle for hire on the streets in the Village of Haverstraw, unless that driver shall have applied to the Village of Haverstraw Village Clerk's office and been issued a permit by the Village of Haverstraw and said permit is in full force and effect.
[Amended 6-15-2015 by L.L. No. 4-2015]
B. 
No driver's permit for a vehicle for hire shall be issued to any person who does not have a valid Class E driver's license, has been convicted of a felony or any sex offense or who has been convicted of two or more separate convictions for moving traffic violations within the twelve-month period immediately preceding the date of the application for a permit, or who has been involved in more than two accidents within 18 months of applying for a permit or a renewal. Any person denied a permit shall be afforded the opportunity, upon written request to the Village Clerk within 10 days after being notified that a permit to operate a vehicle for hire has been denied, to appear before the Board of Trustees to be heard to contest said denial. After receiving an applicant's request to review a permit denial, the Village Clerk shall schedule upon written notice to the applicant a hearing before the Board of Trustees, or a hearing officer designated by the Board of Trustees, at either of the next two regularly scheduled Village Board meetings, or at such other time as the Board of Trustees shall decide. At the hearing before the Board of Trustees, the applicant may present to the Board information as to why a permit should be issued. The Board of Trustees shall decide, under all the circumstances contained in the application and presented at the hearing, whether, in the exercise of their reasonable discretion, a permit may be safely issued or the denial sustained. In rendering their determination, the Board of Trustees shall indicate in a written decision their reason(s) for confirming the denial of the permit or their reason(s) for granting the permit.

§ 218-5 Application for permit for driver of vehicle for hire.

[Amended 6-3-1996 by L.L. No. 4-1996]
Said application shall include the name, current address, telephone number, date of birth of the applicant and the applicant's social security number, together with a copy of the present driver's license of the applicant; prior arrests and convictions thereof, including the nature of the offense, the date committed and the sentence imposed, if any; convictions for any moving traffic violations within the last 36 months and all property damage and personal injury accidents involved in within the last 36 months.

§ 218-6 Permit fee.

[Amended 1-18-1994 by L.L. No. 2-1994; 12-19-1994 by L.L. No. 6-1994; 6-3-1996 by L.L. No. 4-1996; 2-3-1997 by L.L. No. 1-1997; 8-11-1997 by L.L. No. 4-1997]
A. 
All applicants for a permit for a driver of a vehicle for hire shall pay an annual fee as set forth in the village schedule of fees, which shall be nonrefundable. No portion of the permit fee shall be prorated.
B. 
A fee as set forth in the village schedule of fees shall be paid for any change made to an issued drivers permit.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 132, Fees.

§ 218-7 Parking of vehicles for hire.

[Amended 12-6-1993 by L.L. No. 7-1993]
A. 
Vehicles for hire shall not be allowed to park or stand in any metered parking spots or on Main Street, New Main Street and Broadway, or within one block of those streets, unless the Board of Trustees of the Village of Haverstraw designates parking spots specifically for "Taxicabs Only." On-street parking by taxicabs shall, in any event, not exceed 30 minutes at a time.
[Amended 6-3-1996 by L.L. No. 4-1996]
B. 
Areas will be designated in the village's municipal parking areas for the exclusive use of vehicles for hire. It shall be in the village's exclusive jurisdiction to determine the number of spots that shall be set aside for each taxicab company. In order to park in a designated spot, a permit shall be required from the village. The cost for the permit per spot shall be as set forth in the village schedule of fees.
[Amended 8-11-1997 by L.L. No. 4-1997]
C. 
The village shall remove all taxicab stands currently on the village streets.
D. 
An annual parking permit fee for vehicles for hire for use of the designated spots in the municipal parking lots shall be as set forth in the village schedule of fees.
[Amended 8-11-1997 by L.L. No. 4-1997]
E. 
The penalty for vehicles for hire parking in nondesignated spots shall be a fine of up to $50.

§ 218-8 Registration fee.

[Amended 1-18-1994 by L.L. No. 2-1994; 12-19-1994 by L.L. No. 6-1994; 2-3-1997 by L.L. No. 1-1997]
A. 
The period of registration each year shall run from March 1 through February 28. All applications for renewal shall be submitted at least 20 days before the expiration of the date of registration.
[Amended 6-12-1997 by L.L. No. 2-1997]
B. 
A fee as set forth in the village schedule of fees shall be charged for transferring registration from one vehicle to another during the registration year.
[Amended 8-11-1997 by L.L. No. 4-1997]

§ 218-9 License application.

An application for a license for a vehicle for hire shall be made by the owner to the Chief of Police and shall include the following information: name, current address, telephone number, date of birth, social security number, together with a copy of the present driver's license of the applicant; make, year, model and identification number of vehicle to be licensed, license plate number of said vehicle, name, policy and expiration date of insurance carrier insuring said vehicle and prior arrests and convictions. Upon the application and payment of the proper fee, said application shall be reviewed and processed. If said application is found acceptable, it shall be given to the Board of Trustees, who shall approve the same at its next public meeting. If said application is rejected because the vehicle does not comply with § 218-10, notice thereof shall be given to the applicant, by certified mail, return receipt requested. The applicant shall thereafter have 30 days to appeal said denial to the Board of Trustees of the Village of Haverstraw, who shall afford the applicant an opportunity to be heard to contest said denial.

§ 218-10 Inspection.

The interior and exterior of a vehicle for hire shall be kept in clean and good condition and all parts of the vehicle shall be in good working order and safe condition. Each vehicle for hire shall be inspected as to its condition prior to the issuance of a vehicle for hire license. It shall also be inspected upon renewal of its license and at such other times are deemed necessary and proper for the maintenance of said vehicle in good working order and safe for public use. Upon passing inspection, the Village Department of Public Works shall issue a decal which shall be placed on the right lower portion of the rear window of said vehicle. Said decal shall contain the date of issue, type of vehicle and color thereof. Each decal so issued shall expire on the 31st day of December of each calendar year.

§ 218-11 Issuance of vehicle license.

A vehicle for hire license shall be issued by the Mayor upon recommendation of the Chief of Police and approval by the Board of Trustees, provided that the applicant has complied with all the provisions of this article. Said license shall be countersigned by the Village Clerk.

§ 218-12 Assignment of license number; other designation.

[Amended 12-6-1993 by L.L. No. 7-1993; 12-19-1994 by L.L. No. 6-1994]
Upon the issuance of a vehicle for hire license, the Village Clerk shall thereupon assign and designate a number for such licensed vehicle which shall be painted on the exterior front doors, as well as both upper quarter panels of said vehicle, in numbers at least six inches in height and one inch in width in a color that contrasts with the background color of the taxicab, so that the same is legible at a distance of 50 yards during daylight hours. Said number shall also be displayed in the interior of said vehicle in numbers at least two inches in height, so that the same is visible to passengers in the front and rear of the vehicle.

§ 218-13 Register of licensed vehicles.

The Village Clerk shall keep a register or card index of the name of each person owning or operating a vehicle for hire licensed under this article, together with the license number and description, make and color marking of such vehicle. Such record shall be open to the inspection of the public at all reasonable times. A copy of each said license and register shall be filed with the Police Department.

§ 218-14 Identification of vehicles.

All taxicabs shall be clearly identified or marked on the exteriors, as follows:
A. 
Light on roof, with legend "taxi" to be lit at night. The legend "taxi" shall be facing both the front and rear of the vehicle.
[Amended 12-19-1994 by L.L. No. 6-1994]
B. 
Name of company, owner or operator and telephone number in three-inch minimum and six-inch maximum lettering, or an approved decal on each front door.
C. 
Identifying numerals four inches high on the center of the trailing lip as to be legible from the rear. When a vehicle does not have a four-inch trailing lip, the numbers will be placed on the lower left corner of the rear window so that they are legible from the rear.
[Amended 12-19-1994 by L.L. No. 6-1994]
D. 
All livery taxicabs shall be clearly identified by placing identifying numerals four inches high in the lower left-hand corner of the rear window so that they are legible from the rear. Livery taxicabs shall not be required to display any other identification on the exterior of the vehicle. In all other respects livery taxicabs shall be bound by all the other rules and regulations of this chapter, including the interior display of the driver's photograph and complaint notice as set forth in § 218-15 of this chapter.
[Added 9-8-2004 by L.L. No. 1-2004]

§ 218-15 Display of driver's photograph and complaint notice.

A. 
Each vehicle for hire shall display, at all times, the driver's license of the driver of the vehicle for hire issued by the Village of Haverstraw, containing a photograph of the driver with the driver's name, date of birth, description of driver, motorist identification number, Village of Haverstraw driver's license number, as assigned, and the name and address of the owner of the vehicle and the number assigned to the vehicle.
B. 
A notice shall be placed in each vehicle for hire attached to the dashboard, as well as to the rear of the front seat which shall read as follows: "For Complaints - If a passenger has any complaint regarding the operation of the vehicle or the conduct of the driver, call the Village of Haverstraw (845) 429-0300, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., and thereafter, the Town of Haverstraw Police Department (845) 354-1500, giving the name of the owner, the number of the vehicle for hire and the substance of the complaint, together with the complainant's name, address and telephone number."
[Amended 6-15-2015 by L.L. No. 4-2015]
C. 
The required card or cards shall be placed on the dashboard inside said vehicle for hire and shall be illuminated after sundown so that it is clearly readable by the rear seat passenger.
[Added 12-19-1994 by L.L. No. 6-1994]

§ 218-16 Accidents involving for-hire vehicles.

A. 
(Reserved)[1]
[1]
Editor’s Note: Former Subsection A, Report required, was repealed 6-15-2015 by L.L. No. 4-2015.
B. 
Inspection prior to returning to service. Any vehicle for hire involved in an accident shall be reinspected for safety before returning to service.

§ 218-17 Acceptance of passengers.

Vehicles for hire may accept passengers only on the basis of telephone contact or prearrangement, and shall not be permitted to accept passengers on the street as a result of a hail by same or others acting in their behalf, nor at a taxi stand.

§ 218-18 Suspension and revocation of license.

The vehicle for hire license may be suspended or revoked or a fine may be imposed by the Board of Trustees if:
A. 
It is found, after a hearing, that the vehicle for hire has been used for an immoral or illegal purpose. Any such hearing shall be held by the Board of Trustees or a hearing examiner appointed by the Board of Trustees.
[Amended 12-19-1994 by L.L. No. 6-1994]
B. 
It is found that the vehicle for hire has been used in conjunction with a crime.
C. 
It is found that the vehicle for hire has been used in conjunction with a violation of a village ordinance, local law or resolution.
D. 
It is found that the owner has knowingly failed to provide safe transportation to any passenger.
E. 
It is found that the vehicle does not comply with the requirements of the Vehicle and Traffic Law of the State of New York or any rules and regulations of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles.
[Added 12-6-1993 by L.L. No. 7-1993]

§ 218-19 Suspension and revocation of driver's permit.

A driver's permit for a vehicle for hire may be suspended or revoked or a fine may be imposed by the Board of Trustees:
A. 
If it is found, after a hearing, that the vehicle for hire has been used for an immoral or illegal purpose.
B. 
If it is found that the vehicle for hire has been used in conjunction with a crime.
C. 
If it is found that the vehicle for hire has been used in conjunction with a violation of a village ordinance, local law or resolution.
D. 
If it is found that the owner has knowingly failed to provide safe transportation to any passenger.
E. 
If it is found that the vehicle for hire has been used for soliciting or picking up a passenger by means other than telephone contact or prearrangement.
F. 
If it is found that the vehicle does not comply with the requirements of the Vehicle and Traffic Law of the State of New York or any rules and regulations of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles.
[Added 12-6-1993 by L.L. No. 7-1993]
G. 
For failure to answer a parking summons issued by the Village of Haverstraw within 30 days of issuance of the summons.
[Amended 12-19-1994 by L.L. No. 6-1994]

§ 218-20 Owning and/or operating uninsured vehicle.

[Added 12-19-1994 by L.L. No. 6-1994]
A. 
If an individual, company, partnership or corporation that holds any licenses for vehicles for hire in the Village of Haverstraw is convicted of failing to have proper insurance as provided in the pertinent section of the Vehicle and Traffic Law of the State of New York, all of the licenses for vehicles for hire owned by said individual, partnership or corporation shall be revoked by the Board of Trustees after conducting a hearing to be held by the Board of Trustees or its designated hearing officer. At any such hearing, a certified abstract issued by the New York State Commissioner of Motor Vehicles establishing a failure to carry insurance as provided in the pertinent sections of the Vehicle and Traffic Law shall be deemed prima facia evidence of such failure.
B. 
If an individual that holds a driver's permit to operate a vehicle for hire in the Village of Haverstraw is convicted of failing to have proper insurance as provided in the pertinent section of the Vehicle and Traffic Law of the State of New York, the permit shall be revoked by the Board of Trustees after conducting a hearing to be held by the Board of Trustees or its designated hearing officer. At any such hearing, a certified abstract issued by the New York State Commissioner of Motor Vehicles establishing a failure to carry insurance as provided in the pertinent sections of the Vehicle and Traffic Law shall be deemed prima facia evidence of such failure.

§ 218-21 Penalties for offenses.

A. 
Unlicensed operation of a vehicle for hire. The penalty for unlicensed operation of a vehicle for hire shall be a fine of $250, or a period of imprisonment of 15 days, or both, if convicted of operating or having control of a vehicle for hire utilizing the same to pick up passengers in the village while not licensed by the Village of Haverstraw.
[Amended 8-11-1997 by L.L. No. 4-1997]
B. 
Unregistered vehicle for hire. The penalty against an owner for allowing an unregistered vehicle for hire to be operated in the Village of Haverstraw shall be a fine of $500, a period of imprisonment for 15 days, or both.
[Amended 8-11-1997 by L.L. No. 4-1997]
C. 
The penalty for violating any section of this chapter for which a penalty is not specifically provided shall be a fine of from $50 to $250 and/or no more than 15 days in jail.
[Added 6-3-1996 by L.L. No. 4-1996]