[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Roseville 2-28-1984 by Ord. No. 895 as Ch. 308 of the 1984 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
General powers — See Ch. 3, Sec. 3.1.
Police Department — See Ch. 7, Sec. 7.9.
The following words and phrases, when used in this chapter, shall, for the purpose of this chapter, have the meanings respectively ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
- Any person applying for a license hereunder or any person applying for a driver's permit hereunder, as the case may be.
- The movement of unoccupied taxicabs over the public streets in search of or soliciting prospective passengers, except that an unoccupied taxicab proceeding to answer a telephone call for taxicab service from an intended passenger and a taxicab returning by the most direct route, after having discharged a passenger, to the garage where said taxicabs are housed or to a taxicab stand shall not be considered cruising.
- Any person who drives a taxicab.
- DRIVER'S PERMIT
- A permit issued by the Roseville Police Department permitting the holder thereof to drive a taxicab.
- FOR HIRE
- For remuneration or reward of any kind, paid or promised, either directly or indirectly.
- A taxicab license issued by the City Council.
- Any person to whom a taxicab license has been issued.
- RATE CARD
- The card issued by the city to a taxicab owner for display within each taxicab for which a license has been issued, describing the schedule of fares charged by such taxicab.
- A space reserved upon the public streets for the sole use of taxicabs.
- Includes a motor vehicle designed to carry six passengers or fewer, excluding the driver, operating on the public streets for hire on call or demand, between such points as may be directed by the passenger.
No person shall operate or cause to be operated any taxicab in the city without having first obtained a license to operate such taxicab.
Any person desiring a license to operate a taxicab on the streets of the city shall file with the Roseville Police Department a sworn application therefor, on forms to be furnished by the city, which application shall contain the following:
The name, age, residence and present occupation of the person applying for such license. If the applicant is a partnership, the names, addresses and occupations of all partners shall be given; and if the applicant is a corporation, the names, addresses and occupations of all officers and directors thereof shall be given.
The make, body style, year, serial and engine number, state license plate number, seating capacity and weight of the taxicab for which such license is being applied for.
Whether there are any unpaid or unbounded judgments of record against the applicant and, if so, the title of all actions and the amount of all judgments unpaid or unbonded and the court in which the same were rendered.
The experience of the applicant, both in the city and elsewhere, in the operation of taxicabs or other common carriers.
Whether or not the applicant for such license, or if a partnership or corporation, any of the partners, officers or directors thereof, has ever been charged with, convicted of or plead guilty to any felony, crime or misdemeanor and, if so, the date, nature of the offense and the court in which such charge was made, conviction was obtained or plea of guilty was entered.
The place or places within the city or elsewhere where the person applying for such license proposed to establish his or her office and from which he or she proposes to operate such taxicab.
The number of taxicabs for which the applicant holds licenses at the date of the application.
Whether the applicant is the owner of the taxicab for which a license is being applied for and, if not, the name of the owner thereof.
Whether there are any liens, mortgages or other encumbrances, including conditional sales contracts, on such taxicab and, if so, the amount and character thereof and the name of the holder thereof.
Such other information as the City Council may, in its discretion, require.
The Roseville Police Department shall transmit each application for a license to the Chief of Police, who shall cause an investigation to be made of the character, fitness and qualifications of the person applying for such license and the fitness of the proposed taxicab for use as such. The Chief of Police shall thereupon transmit such application, together with his or her recommendation thereon, to the City Council. If the City Council shall determine that the person applying for such license is a suitable person and that the taxicab proposed to be licensed is a suitable vehicle for such purpose, it may grant a license therefor, to be issued upon the filing of the policy of insurance hereinafter required, provided that the City Council may refuse to grant a license to any applicant when, in the judgment of the City Council, there are licensed a sufficient number of taxicabs to adequately serve the needs of the public of the city or when, in the judgment of the City Council, there are existing transportation facilities reasonably sufficient to serve the public demand or when, in the judgment of the City Council, the use of the streets of the city by additional taxicabs would interfere with the public use of the streets or congest traffic.
Licenses granted by the City Council shall be issued by the Roseville Police Department upon payment of the fees hereinafter required, provided that no license shall be issued until the applicant has deposited with the city the policy of liability hereinafter required and until the said policy has been found by the City Attorney to comply with the terms of this chapter.
All licenses issued hereunder shall expire on May 1 following the issuance thereof.
The owner of each taxicab for which the license is granted shall pay to the city a sum as provided for in Chapter 133, Fees, before a license therefor shall be issued.
Licenses issued hereunder shall be nontransferable. Any transfer or attempted transfer thereof to any other person shall automatically revoke the license.
The owner of any taxicab for which a license has been granted may have the license transferred to another vehicle by filing with the Roseville Police Department a request therefor, giving the make, year, body style, serial and engine number, state license plate number, seating capacity and weight of the vehicle to which he or she proposes to have such license transferred, provided that no transfer of license shall be made until the Chief of Police has notified the Police Department that the new vehicle is a proper vehicle for taxicab purposes and provided further that no transfer of a license shall be actually made unless the original taxicab upon which such license was issued shall be retired from taxicab service.
Change of ownership of or title to any taxicab or taxicabs shall automatically revoke any license or licenses previously granted for the operation of such taxicab or taxicabs, and the purchaser thereof shall not operate such taxicabs until he or she has applied for and been granted a license under the terms of this chapter and has complied with all the terms of this chapter.
License may be suspended or revoked by the City Council at any time in case:
The City Council finds that the information contained in the application for such taxicab license was false or misleading.
The Council finds that the owner or any driver in his or her employ has failed to operate the taxicab or taxicabs so licensed in accordance with provisions of this chapter.
The owner shall cease to operate any taxicab for a period of 30 consecutive days without having obtained permission for cessation of such operation from the City Council.
The Council finds that the taxicab or taxicabs so licensed are operated at a rate or a fare other than that established by the City Council and stated on the rate card issued hereunder.
The Council finds that any owner or any driver in his or her employ has violated any provision of the orders and regulations established by the Director of Defense Transportation of the United States respecting taxicabs and taxi service.
[Amended 9-28-1993 by Ord. No. 1042]
A bond in the sum as provided in Chapter 133, Fees, shall be filed with the Roseville Police Department by the licensee with good and sufficient sureties approved by the Department guaranteeing the observance of all laws, rules and regulations of the city and state. The licensee shall file at the same time with the Police Department liability insurance, prepaid for the duration of the license, covering such licensee for public liability in amounts not less than as provided in Chapter 133, Fees, which policy shall further contain a clause providing for notice prior to cancellation by the insurance company to the Roseville Police Department 30 days prior to any such cancellation.
No person shall drive a taxicab on the streets of the city without first having obtained a driver's permit from the Roseville Police Department.
Any person desiring to drive a taxicab upon the streets of the city shall file with the Roseville Police Department, on forms to be furnished by the city, a sworn application for a driver's permit, which application shall contain the following:
The name, age, residence and present occupation of such applicant and his or her place or places of residence for five years immediately preceding the date of the application.
The experience which said applicant has had in operating automobiles, taxicabs or other vehicles used in carrying passengers for hire or on contract.
Whether or not such applicant has ever been charged with or convicted of or has pleaded guilty to any felony, crime or misdemeanor and, if so, the date, the nature of the offense and the court in which such charge was made, conviction was obtained or plea of guilty was entered.
Whether any chauffeur's license or operator's permit issued to him or her has ever been suspended or revoked and, if so, for what cause.
Such other information as the City Council may, in its discretion, require.
Each applicant for a driver's permit shall, at his or her own expense, be required to submit to a medical examination by a duly licensed physician of his or her own choosing, and the results of such examination shall be reduced to writing by such physician on a form to be provided by the city. Such form, completely filled out and signed by the examining physician, shall be attached to the application for a driver's permit before the same shall be received by the Roseville Police Department.
Upon the filing of an application for a driver's permit, the Roseville Police Department shall transmit the same to the Chief of Police, who shall cause an investigation to be made of the character and fitness of such applicant. If, in the opinion of the Chief of Police, the applicant is a proper person to receive a driver's permit, the Chief shall approve the issuance thereof; provided, however, that no driver's permit shall be issued to any person who has not attained the full age of 21 years and who does not hold a chauffeur's license from the state.
All drivers' permits issued hereunder shall expire on May 1 following the issuance thereof, and it shall be the responsibility, obligation and duty of the owner of the taxicab to see that any driver or operator thereof shall have a public vehicle operator's permit issued by the city, and the failure of any driver or operator to have such public vehicle operator's permit shall be prima facie evidence of a violation of this section.
[Amended 9-28-1993 by Ord. No. 1042]
If the application for a driver's permit is approved by the Chief of Police, he or she shall return the application, together with approval endorsed thereon, to the Roseville Police Department, which shall issue to the applicant a driver's permit which shall issue to the applicant a driver's permit which shall serve as a driver's identification card, either of which shall be in such form or style as the Chief of Police may from time to time prescribe, which permit shall include a photograph of the driver and shall be prominently displayed in the taxicab visible to patrons at all times when such driver is engaged in driving a taxicab.
The Police Department may renew driver's permits from year to year. A driver applying for a renewal of the driver's permit shall make application therefor on a form furnished by the city and shall file the same with the Police Department, which shall transmit it to the Chief of Police, who shall make an investigation. If the Chief of Police is satisfied that the applicant's driver's permit shall be renewed, the Chief shall endorse approval upon such application and return it to the Police Department, which shall issue the renewal, provided that not more than two such renewals shall be granted without an additional physical examination by a duly licensed physician.
The fees provided in Chapter 133, Fees, shall be paid for each driver's permit and renewal thereof.
It shall be unlawful for any person holding a driver's permit issued hereunder to transfer or attempt to transfer such driver's permit or any badge or card issued hereunder to any other person; and it shall be unlawful for any person holding such driver's permit to knowingly permit any other person to have the same or the badge thereof in his or her possession; and it shall be unlawful for any person to wear or have in his or her possession while operating a taxicab in the city a driver's permit or any badge or card issued to any other person.
The Chief of Police shall have power to revoke any driver's permit issued under the terms hereof in the following cases:
In the event that the holder thereof shall be convicted of or plead guilty to any violation of this chapter or of the traffic ordinances of the city or of any statute or penal law of the State of Michigan, whether in relation to the operation of motor vehicles or otherwise.
In the event that the holder thereof shall be involved in any accident causing injury or death to any person or injury to or destruction of any property.
Whenever, in the opinion of the Chief of Police, the holder thereof shall, by his or her conduct, demonstrate that the best interests of the public require that the driver's permit be revoked.
[Amended 5-26-1987 by Ord. No. 953; 4-11-1989 by Ord. No. 989; 12-11-1990 by Ord. No. 1003; 9-28-1993 by Ord. No. 1042]
Each taxicab operating in the city shall have a regular taxicab meter. The meter shall be set so that, upon a passenger entering the taxicab and the flag being placed down, it will automatically register the amount provided in Chapter 133, Fees, and will cover the first 1/10 mile or fraction thereof of travel and that thereafter an additional amount as provided in Chapter 133 shall be registered on the meter for each 1/10 mile or fraction thereof; and waiting time shall be the per-hour rate established in Chapter 133.
The foregoing fare rates shall be the only chargeable rates for taxicab service originating within the city.
The owner of each taxicab licensed hereunder shall examine and inspect such taxicab as to its mechanical condition, especially as to brakes, power and lights, in such frequency as to ensure safety and dependability to patrons and the public; and each taxicab licensed hereunder shall be maintained at all times in a dependable, workable, safe condition which includes the condition that the interior and exterior of said taxicab shall be in a reasonable state of repair.
In the event that such inspection discloses an unsafe condition in the vehicle or that same is not maintained in a reasonable state of repair, the Chief of Police shall have the power to temporarily suspend the license to operate such vehicle in the city until such unsafe condition or the vehicle is restored to a reasonable state of repair.
Each taxicab licensed hereunder shall be operated in accordance with the laws of this state and the ordinances of this city and with due regard for the safety, comfort and convenience of passengers and for the safety of the general public. No taxicab shall be operated at a rate of speed greater than that established by state law or by the ordinances of this city.
All accidents arising from or in connection with the operation of taxicabs which result in death or injury to any person or in damage to any property shall be reported within 12 hours from the time of occurrence to the Chief of Police of the city.
Drivers of taxicabs shall be clean in dress and in person and shall wear a distinctive cap at all times while operating a taxicab.
Every driver of a taxicab shall search the interior of such taxicab at the termination of each trip for any article of value which may be left in such taxicab by a passenger. Any article found therein shall immediately be returned to the passenger owning it if he or she is known; otherwise it shall be deposited with the owner of the taxicab at the conclusion of the driver's tour of duty. A report of the finding and deposit of such article shall be made by the owner within 24 hours thereafter to the Chief of Police.
No driver shall cruise in search of passengers at any time; and whenever a taxicab is unoccupied, the driver shall proceed at once by the most direct route to the garage where the vehicle is housed or to the taxicab stand customarily occupied by such taxicab.
No driver or owner of a taxicab shall refuse or neglect to convey any orderly person or persons upon request by signal or telephone call unless the taxicab is previously engaged. Except for shared rides under the Users Side Subsidy Program, which is part of the SEMTA Dial-A-Ride Program, when a taxicab has been engaged by a passenger, no additional passengers shall be received therein without the express consent of the first passenger.
No driver of a taxicab shall drink beer, wine, spirits or other alcoholic beverages or liquors while on duty.
No owner or driver of a taxicab shall use or permit the use of any taxicab for immoral or illegal purposes.
The Chief of Police shall have power to establish such taxicab stands as in his or her judgment are necessary for the proper service of the public. The City Council, by resolution, shall have power to change the location of or to abolish any taxicab stand established under the terms thereof.
All licensees shall be required to cause an inspection of the taxi meters on each vehicle to be made at least once every six months and shall furnish a certificate of such inspection to the Chief of Police. All costs in connection with the inspection shall be borne by the owner of the cab. Inspections shall be made, at the option of the Chief of Police, either by the Department of Weights and Measures, Detroit, Michigan, or the Roseville Police Department.
Every operator of a cab shall be required to have exposed on the back part of the front seat of said vehicle a form which shall contain the name of the operator, number and address and also a photograph attached to said form at least two inches by two inches. This form is to be kept in said location at all times.
The owner of any taxicab licensed hereunder shall cause each taxicab to be identified by the corporate name or name under which the owner does business. Said identification shall be in the form of permanent visible lettering not less than four inches in height affixed to the exterior side of each front door at each taxicab.
[Added 4-11-1989 by Ord. No. 989]
The Chief of Police is hereby empowered to make such additional rules and regulations within the scope of and consistent with this chapter as may be necessary or proper to carry out the terms and provisions of this chapter and effectuate the objectives thereof. Such rules and regulations when formulated and published shall be regarded as part of this chapter, and any person violating the same shall be punishable as prescribed in this chapter.
[Added 4-11-1989 by Ord. No. 989; amended 9-24-1991 by Ord. No. 1020]
All vehicles owned by a licensee authorized under this chapter to operate within the City of Roseville shall be no more than four years old at the time the license is issued. "Four years old" means the vehicle's model year plus three years.
The Chief of Police or designated representative may waive the age limitation on any vehicle which the Chief of Police has examined and inspected as to the mechanical condition, especially as to the brakes, power and lights, and which the Chief of Police has concluded that regardless of age is in sound mechanical condition for the safety, comfort and convenience of passengers and for the safety of the general public.