[R.O. 2009 §10.16.010; Prior Code §7-303]
No license to engage in the taxicab business shall be issued to any person until the applicant has filed with the City Clerk a liability insurance policy or bond in such amounts as may from time to time be determined by the Council. Policies of insurance shall be issued by insurance companies registered to do business within the State and every such policy shall contain a clause obligating the insurer to give the City Clerk, by registered mail, at least ten (10) days' written notice before the cancellation, expiration, lapse or other termination of such insurance. The policy shall agree to pay, within the limits of the amounts, on behalf of the insured, all sums which the insured shall become obliged to pay by reason of judgment for damages because of bodily injury, including death, at any time resulting therefrom or for damages to property, or both, sustained by any person and arising out of the ownership, maintenance or use of the licensed taxicab. Liability insurance polices and bonds required by this Section shall be approved by the City Counselor.
[R.O. 2009 §10.16.020; Prior Code §7-301]
Whenever used in this Chapter, the term "taxicab" means every motor vehicle used to transport persons for a charge or fee within the corporate limits of the City.
[R.O. 2009 §10.16.030; Prior Code §7-302]
No person shall engage in the taxicab business until having obtained a City license. Any person engaged in operating one (1) or more taxicabs, as defined in Section 640.020, shall be deemed engaged in the taxicab business.
[R.O. 2009 §10.16.040; Prior Code §7-304]
Upon proper application for license, payment of such fee as may be prescribed by the City Council, the filing with the City Clerk of an acceptable liability insurance policy or bond, the City Clerk shall issue to the applicant a license to engage in the taxicab business.
[R.O. 2009 §10.16.050; Prior Code §7-305]
All persons engaging in the taxicab business shall secure suitable off-street parking facilities for the parking of all their taxicabs when not in taxi service. All owners, operators and drivers are forbidden to park any taxicab on any public street in the City for a longer period of time than is necessary for the loading and unloading of passengers.
[R.O. 2009 §10.16.060; Prior Code §7-306]
Every motor vehicle being used as a taxicab shall have printed thereon written designation that it is a "Taxi", the name of the cab company or the owner thereof and the identification number of such taxicab in legible letters of not less than four (4) inches.
[R.O. 2009 §10.16.070; Prior Code §7-307]
The schedule of rates of fare shall be conspicuously posted in each taxicab in such manner as to be readily visible to any passenger. Copies of such schedules shall be on file in the office of the City Clerk for public inspection.
[R.O. 2009 §10.16.080; Prior Code §7-306]
It shall be the duty of every taxicab driver to:
Obey and fully comply with the traffic regulations of the City applicable to the drivers of motor vehicles;
Maintain the taxicab in a clean orderly condition;
Operate only such vehicles as are known to its driver to be in good working order and to abstain from driving any taxicab suspected or known to be in an unsafe condition;
Be clean and neat in person and dress while operating a taxicab;
Operate the taxicab in such manner as will not obstruct or hinder the usual flow of traffic, not obstruct the entrance or exists of any premises open to the public;
Convey any orderly person upon request by signal or telephone call, unless the taxicab is previously engaged;
Abstain from smoking and the use of profane language while operating a taxicab; and
Search the taxicab interior, immediately after the termination of any hiring or employment, for any property lost or left therein; and any such property, unless sooner claimed or delivered to the owner, shall be taken to the Police Station and deposited with the officer in charge, taking written receipt therefor, within twenty-four (24) hours of its discovery.