[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Paulsboro; Article I, 2-28-1922 by Ord. No. 57; Article II, 6-17-1947 by Ord. No. 281. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Jitneys and Buses
Article II Taxicabs
[Adopted 2-28-1922 by Ord. No. 57]
Be it ordained by the Borough Council of the Borough of Paulsboro, New Jersey, that it shall be unlawful for any person or persons, company or corporation to operate or cause to be operated any motor vehicle commonly known and herein known as a jitney or omnibus for the purpose of transporting or carrying persons for hire from one point to another point within the corporate limits of the Borough of Paulsboro or for transporting passengers from any point within the corporate limits of the said Borough of Paulsboro to any point outside the corporate limits of said Borough, without first securing a license or permit from the Borough Clerk of said Borough of Paulsboro to place such jitney or omnibus in operation within the corporate limits of said Borough of Paulsboro, and pay to the Borough Clerk a fee for said license or permit hereinafter provided.
Said license or permit shall entitle the owner of said jitney or bus so licensed to operate or drive said jitney or bus, when properly licensed by the state to drive or operate a motor vehicle.
When owner of such jitney or bus shall desire to have another person or persons other than himself to drive or operate such jitney or bus, it shall be necessary for the said person or persons to secure a jitney or bus driver's license from the Borough Clerk; said applicant shall be recommended by the owner of the jitney or bus for which said driver's license is to be granted.
No license or permit shall be granted unless said applicant shall have a state driver's license.
No license or permit shall be issued by the Borough Clerk for jitney or bus unless application has been made to the Public Safety Committee of Council, by owner of jitney or bus, for said license or permit, and shall have been recommended by at least two members of said Committee and their signatures attached thereto.
Upon proper recommendations, the Borough Clerk shall issue a license or permit to said applicant, and said license or permit shall consist of a card not less than 2 1/2 inches by four inches, upon which shall be printed "Owner's License" or "Driver's License," as the case may be. Also, there shall be printed upon one side, Paulsboro Jitney Owner's License No. ____________________ or Paulsboro Jitney Driver's License No. ____________________, in large type, together in smaller type, the make of car and the maker's number. Also, number of state license on the opposite side in small type. In testimony whereof, I have set my hand and seal this day of __________ month _______________ year __________, under which shall appear the signature of the Borough Clerk, together with the Borough seal; also, a place shall be set aside for the signature of the licensee, who shall be required to place his signature thereto. In case the licensee shall be a company or corporation, then the signature of the president or secretary shall be required on said license.
In ease any change or transfer of said state license or marker, the licensee shall apply to the Borough Clerk for the necessary change in jitney licenses, for which the Borough Clerk shall make an additional charge hereinafter provided.
The Borough Clerk shall provide a suitable metal tag or marker not less than three inches by six inches, which shall be stamped or printed "Paulsboro Jitney License No. ____________________ "; also, year issued, said number to correspond with the number upon the license card issued to the licensee.
Said tag or marker shall be carried in a conspicuous place upon car, where same can be seen at all times.
[Amended 1-11-1927 by Ord. No. 105, 12-30-1946 by Ord. No. 272]
The annual fee charged for such license shall be for a jitney or bus, the seating capacity of which is from one to 12 passengers, $25; for a jitney or bus, the seating capacity of which is 12 or more passengers, $35 ; and upon payment of such fee by the owner of the jitney or bus, said owner shall be entitled to operate said car for which said license is obtained.
In case of the applicant operating or causing to be operated more than one jitney or bus at one time, said owner shall first cause the person operating the jitney or bus, other than one operated by himself, to secure a jitney driver's license from the Borough Clerk, under provisions of § 75-3 of this ordinance; the fee for same shall be $2. The same fee shall be charged for extra drivers under § 75-3 of this ordinance. The fee charged for transfer of license from one car to another shall be $1.
This ordinance shall in no way prohibit regular autobuses not regularly engaged in carrying passengers for hire, when engaged for carrying picnic parties, lodges, church societies, Sunday schools, etc., when ordered by said parties, etc., and driven by the owner or regular chauffeur, nor shall it prohibit any horse-driven vehicle from carrying passengers in the Borough limits, or upon the above-mentioned occasions, nor shall it prohibit any person engaged in the livery business who also may wish to carry or transport passengers when obliged to do so.
A report of all license fees shall be turned into the Borough Treasurer by the Borough Clerk monthly, with a cheek for amount due for the issuance of said licenses.
Any person, company or corporation found guilty of violating any of the provisions of this ordinance shall, upon arrest and conviction, pay the following penalties:
For violating § 75-1, a penalty of $50 or imprisonment in the county jail 20 days, or both, at the discretion of the Magistrate.
For violating § 75-3 of this ordinance, a penalty of $25 or 10 days in the county jail, or both, at the discretion of the Magistrate.
All ordinances or parts of ordinances pertaining to or inconsistent with this ordinance are hereby repealed.
[Adopted 6-17-1947 by Ord. No. 281]
The following terms used herein shall be taken to mean and shall be construed as follows:
- Shall mean any automobile, taxicab or other vehicle propelled by motor power, engaged in the business of the transportation of passengers for hire or pay within the Borough of Paulsboro.
- Shall include natural person, partnership and corporation.
- Is hereby defined as the driving of a taxicab to and fro along a public street or public place at a slow rate of speed for the purpose of soliciting passengers.
- PUBLIC TAXICAB STAND
- Is a section of a public street or of a public place set apart for the exclusive use of a taxicab or a limited number of taxicabs, when such section is distinctly marked as such by an appropriate sign attached to a stanchion on the curb or other conspicuous place, or by clearly visible marks upon the surface of a street or public place.
- Means any person, corporation or association in whose name title to any taxicab is registered with the New Jersey Department of Motor Vehicles, or who appears in such records to be the conditional vendee or lessee thereof.
Words used in the singular number shall include the plural, and words used in the plural number shall include the singular.
It shall be unlawful for any person or persons, partnership or association, company or corporation to operate or cause to be operated any motor vehicle commonly known, and herein designated as a taxicab for the purpose of transporting or carrying persons for hire from one point to another point within the corporate limits of the Borough of Paulsboro or for transporting passengers from any point within the corporate limits of the said Borough of Paulsboro to any point outside the corporate limits of said Borough, without first securing a license or permit from the Borough Clerk of said Borough of Paulsboro to place such taxicab in operation within the corporate limits of said Borough of Paulsboro, and pay to the Borough Clerk a fee for said license or permit as hereinafter provided.
[Amended 2-1-1949 by Ord. No. 291]
There are hereby established two classes of taxicab licenses, to be known as "taxicab driver's licenses" and "taxicab owner's licenses," respectively.
A taxicab driver's license shall entitle the person named herein to operate, within this Borough, any taxicab duly licensed hereunder until the said license either expires or is surrendered, suspended or revoked. It is not transferable.
A taxicab owner's license shall entitle the taxicab therein described to be operated in this Borough by a driver duly licensed hereunder until the said license either expires or is surrendered, suspended or revoked.
Such taxicab owner's license may be transferred to another passenger motor vehicle owned by and registered in the name of the holder of said license. Application for such transfer shall be made to the Borough Clerk, who shall issue a new registration for such other vehicle upon payment of a fee of $1.50 to the Borough Treasurer.
Such taxicab license may be transferred to another person. Application for such transfer shall be made to Borough Council, and the transfer must comply with all the requirements of state law and of this ordinance and must have all the qualifications required by this ordinance. Such transfer must be approved by a majority vote of Borough Council, and the fee for such transfer shall be the sum of $25.
All applications for taxicab owner's licenses and taxicab driver's licenses shall be filed with the Borough Clerk, who shall submit said applications to Borough Council at the next succeeding meeting, for action.
All taxicab owner's licenses and all taxicab driver's licenses shall be issued by a majority vote of Borough Council. A taxicab owner's license, when issued, shall be construed to permit an owner to drive or operate a taxicab without a taxicab driver's license. All owners of such licenses shall notify the Borough Clerk of any change of address from those registered with said Borough Clerk, within three days of such change of address.
[Amended 2-1-1949 by Ord. No. 291]
Every person obtaining a taxicab owner's license must be at least 21 years of age, a citizen of the United States and a bona fide resident of the State of New Jersey for at least one year preceding the date of his application for such taxicab license, If a corporation, such corporation must be organized and existing under the laws of the State of New Jersey and shall maintain an office in the Borough of Paulsboro.
No taxicab owner's license shall be issued until the applicant shall submit an insurance policy, or certificate in lieu thereof, and a power of attorney shall have been filed with the Borough Clerk as provided for taxicabs and autocabs pursuant to the provisions of the Revised Statutes of New Jersey 48:16-1 to 48:16-22, inclusive, together with any amendments or supplements adopted or hereafter adopted relative thereto.
[Amended 9-18-1956 by Ord. No. 374]
Each applicant for a taxicab driver's license shall be at least 21 years of age, a citizen of the United States, and the holder of a state driver's license issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles of the State of New Jersey. Each applicant shall prove to the satisfaction of the Borough Council or to the satisfaction of at least two members of the Public Safety Committee of the Borough Council that he is of good health, has good eyesight, is able to read and write the English language, that he is of good character and has sufficient knowledge of the traffic regulations and geography of the Borough. Every applicant must furnish with the application for such driver's and owner's license a recent photograph of himself, in duplicate, two inches wide and two inches high, and the names and addresses of two responsible property owners of Paulsboro as references. One of said photographs shall be retained and filed with the application by the Borough Clerk. Should the applicant be granted a license, the second photograph shall be fitted into a case by the applicant, to be always displayed to the passengers in said taxicab.
All holders of existing owner's licenses and driver's licenses shall, upon application for renewal thereof, submit with their application for a renewal a complete set of fingerprints for the use of the Borough in investigating the eligibility of the applicants for renewal of licenses before renewals arc granted. All new applicants for owner's license or driver's license shall submit with their application a complete set of fingerprints for the use of the Borough in investigating the eligibility of the applicants before license is issued. In the case of a corporate owner, the fingerprints of all the officers and directors of the corporation shall be submitted with the application.
[Amended 2-1-1949 by Ord. No. 291]
The number of taxicab owner's licenses issued and outstanding at any one time shall be 13. All new licenses issued hereunder shall be issued to owners who devoted their entire time to the business of operating a taxicab. No new licenses shall be issued to owners who have other work and devote only a part of their time to the taxicab business.
Any license may be revoked or suspended at any time, for cause, by a majority vote of Borough Council.
Any license issued pursuant to the terms of this ordinance shall expire at 12:00 midnight of the 31st day of December of the year in which it was issued, unless sooner surrendered, suspended or revoked.
The fees for the issuance of the licenses herein referred to shall be as follows:
There shall be affixed in every taxicab, in such manner that the same can be conveniently read by any person therein, a card at least three inches in height by at least five inches in length, containing the name of the owner, the number of the taxicab owner's license, the year of issue of such license and the New Jersey registration number of said taxicab.
No taxicab shall be permitted to park on Broad Street in the Borough of Paulsboro except in those spaces in the Borough designated by Borough Council and marked "Taxi Stand," or at such other places off public streets as may hereinafter be approved by resolution of Borough Council. Only vehicles licensed as taxicabs as herein provided shall be permitted to occupy any part of said taxi stand, and while occupying space in any taxi stand, cabs shall be immediately available for hire. No driver shall leave his cab unattended while occupying space in a taxi stand.
No such licensed taxicab, while waiting employment by passengers, shall stand on any public street or place other than at or upon the designated public taxicab stand, nor shall any driver seek employment by repeatedly and persistently driving to and fro on a short space before, or by otherwise interfering with the proper and. ordinary access to or egress from, any church, railroad station, theater, hotel, restaurant or any other public place; but employment may be solicited by driving through any public street or place, without stops other than those due to obstructions or traffic, and at a rate of speed that will not interfere with or impede traffic. "Cruising" is prohibited.
The rate of fare to be charged within the Borough limits of the Borough of Paulsboro and surrounding limits shall be conspicuously posted so that it is easily seen by any passenger in any part of the taxicab.
Every person or persons, firm or corporation found guilty of violating any of the provisions of this ordinance shall be liable to fine of not more than $100 or imprisonment in the county jail for not more than 30 days. Each succeeding day of violation shall be construed to be a new violation.
The licensing, regulating and inspecting of taxicabs; examining applicants for licenses, who own and operate such taxicab; the licensing of drivers as herein provided; and the enforcement of the provisions of this ordinance, shall be under the control of the Mayor and Borough Council.
There is hereby reserved to Borough Council the right to make, by resolution of Borough Council, such rules and regulations in relation to the operation of taxicabs and the conduct of the operators thereof, as Borough Council may from time to time determine to be necessary and proper in the best interests of the citizens of the Borough. It is further declared that any violation of such rules and regulations as made by resolution of Borough Council shall constitute a violation of this ordinance, punishable as herein provided.
If any section or part of a section or paragraph of this ordinance is declared invalid or unconstitutional, it shall not be held to invalidate or impair the validity, force or effect of any other section or sections or part of a section or paragraph of this ordinance.
This ordinance shall take effect immediately after final passage and publication according to law, and all ordinances and parts of ordinances inconsistent herewith are hereby repealed; provided, however, that all licenses issued prior to the adoption of this ordinance by the Borough of Paulsboro shall remain in effect for the period stated therein.