[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Boonton 2-11-2013 by Ord. No. 817. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Fees — See Ch. 82.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Includes any automobile or motor car used in the business of carrying passengers for hire to provide prearranged passenger transportation at a premium fare on a dedicated, nonscheduled, charter basis that is not conducted on a regular route and with a seating capacity of no more than 14 passengers, not including the driver, provided that such a vehicle is certified by the manufacturer of the original vehicle and the second-stage manufacturer, if applicable, to conform to all applicable federal motor vehicle safety standards promulgated by the United States Department of Transportation pursuant to 49 CFR Part 571 (49 CFR 571.1 et seq.) and 49 CFR Part 567 (49 CFR 567.1 et seq.). In addition, a vehicle emission control information label, which contains the name and trademark of the manufacturer and an unconditional statement of compliance with the emission requirements of the Environmental Protection Agency, shall be present on the vehicle. Nothing in this chapter contained shall be construed to include taxicabs, hotel buses, buses employed solely in transporting school children or teachers, vehicles owned and operated directly or indirectly by businesses engaged in the practice of mortuary science when those vehicles are used exclusively for providing transportation related to the provision of funeral services, autobuses which are subject to the jurisdiction of the Department of Transportation, or interstate autobuses required by federal or state law or regulations of the Department of Transportation to carry insurance against loss from liability imposed by law on account of bodily injury or death.
- LIMOUSINE SERVICE
- Includes the business of carrying passengers for hire by limousines.
- Includes any individual, copartnership, association, corporation or joint-stock company, their lessees, trustees or receivers appointed by any court whatsoever.
- PRINCIPAL PLACE OF BUSINESS
- The location of the main place of business of the limousine service in the Township of Boonton where limousine service is conducted, where limousines are dispatched, or where limousine drivers report for duty.
- Includes any street, avenue, park, parkway, highway, or other public place.
Except for limousines registered in other states pursuant to N.J.S.A. 48:16-22.4, no limousine shall be operated wholly or partly along any street in the Township of Boonton until the owner of the limousine shall have filed with the Clerk of the municipality in which the owner has his, her or its principal place of business an insurance policy of a company duly licensed to transact business under the insurance laws of New Jersey in the sum of $1,500,000 against loss by reason of the liability imposed by law upon every limousine owner for damages on account of bodily injury or death suffered by any person as a result of any accident occurring by reason of the ownership, maintenance or use of the limousine upon any public street. Such operation shall be permitted only so long as the insurance policy shall remain in force to the full and collectible amount of $1,500,000. The insurance policy shall provide for the payment of any final judgment recovered by any person on account of the ownership, maintenance and use of such limousine, or any fault in respect thereto, and shall be for the benefit of every person suffering loss, damage or injury aforesaid.
Upon the filing of the required insurance policy by an owner of a limousine service having his, her or its principal place of business in the Township of Boonton, the Township Clerk, upon the payment of the maximum fee allowed under N.J.S.A. 48:16-17, as set forth in § 82-1C(2) of the Code of the Township of Boonton, shall issue, in duplicate, a license to operate showing that the owner of the limousine has complied with the terms and provisions of N.J.S.A. 48:16-13 et seq. The license shall recite the name of the insurance company, the number and date of expiration of the policy, a description of every limousine insured thereunder, and the registration number of the same. The duplicate license shall be filed with the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission before any such car is registered as a limousine. The original license or a copy thereof shall be retained within the limousine and shall be available for inspection by any law enforcement officer in the state. In addition to the recital of insurance information required on the license pursuant to this section, the owner of a limousine shall attach, to the original license or copy thereof retained within the limousine, a notarized letter from an insurance company containing the same insurance information required in the recital and the vehicle identification number (VIN) or a notarized certificate of insurance for the particular limousine, showing the VIN as well as the limits of insurance coverage, and available insurance card, which shall constitute proof of insurance coverage, and which shall also be available for inspection by any law enforcement officer in the state.
Notwithstanding any other provisions of law to the contrary, the Township of Boonton requires a limousine service to obtain a corporate license, permit, certificate or other form of authority if the limousine service is providing service on an intramunicipal point-to-point basis within the Township of Boonton. The fee for the issuance of this license is $50 (which is in addition to any other fee), which applies to all limousines operated by a limousine service providing such intramunicipal point-to-point service within the Township of Boonton.
No limousine shall be operated on the streets in the Township of Boonton unless it has a license issued pursuant to N.J.S.A. 48:16-17 and is equipped, in accordance with the minimum standards established by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission and the Department of Transportation, with:
A two-way communication system, which, at a minimum shall provide for communication to a person outside the vehicle for a distance of not less than 100 miles and which requirement may be satisfied by a mobile telephone;
A removable first-aid kit and operable fire extinguisher, which shall be placed in an accessible place within the vehicle;
Sideboards attached to the permanent body construction of the vehicle if the height of the vehicle floor is 10 inches or more above ground level.
Any owner, operator or driver shall comply with N.J.S.A. 48:16-13 et seq., including but not limited to N.J.S.A. 48:16-22.3a, and any regulation enacted pursuant thereto.
No more than three licenses for limousines shall be outstanding in the Township at one time.
No limousine licensed under this chapter shall be operated as a taxi.
Limousines licensed under this chapter shall be limited in use to carrying passengers for hire upon contract only, or for such events as funerals, weddings and other special occasions, or for trips outside of the geographic boundaries of the Township of Boonton.
Prior to the operation of a limousine in the Township of Boonton for the purpose of picking up passengers, the driver of the limousine shall conduct a general examination of the condition of the vehicle in accordance with N.J.S.A 48:16-22.2.a.
In a calendar year in which a limousine is not required to undergo an inspection as required pursuant to N.J.S.A. 39:8-1, the owner of the limousine service shall cause to be conducted, by a person qualified to do so, an examination of the mechanical and operating condition of the limousine in accordance with N.J.S.A. 48:16-22.2.b. The owner shall submit the report of the inspection to the Township Clerk.
Any person who shall operate a limousine service in any street in the Township of Boonton without complying with the provisions of this chapter and the provisions of N.J.S.A. 48:16-13 et seq. shall be subject to the fines and penalties set forth in N.J.S.A. 39:56-1(a).