Township of Mount Laurel, NJ
Burlington County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Mount Laurel 11-19-1973 by Ord. No. 1973-11. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 148.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
PERSON
Any individual, copartnership, association, corporation or joint-stock company, their lessees, trustees or receivers.
STREET
Includes any street, road, avenue, park, parkway, highway or other public place.
TAXICABS, LIMOUSINES, AND OTHER CAR SERVICES
Includes any public vehicle propelled by mechanical power, commonly called a "taxi," "limousine," or "car service" engaged in the business of carrying passengers for hire and which accepts and discharges said passengers as may offer themselves for transportation from and to points or places within the Township. This definition shall not include taxis, limousines, and other car services that only occasionally discharge passengers within the Township, but shall expressly include taxis, limousines, and other car services that pick up passengers within the Township, and/or are stored or garaged in the Township.
[Amended 5-20-1974 by Ord. No. 1974-9; 3-19-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-2[1]]
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also provided that all other provisions of Chapter 140 utilizing the terms "taxi" or "taxicab" would be amended to include the phrase "taxi, taxicab, limousine or other car service," and limousines and other car services would be expressly subject to all the terms, conditions and provisions of said ordinance.
[Amended 3-19-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-2]
No person shall operate any taxi, taxicab, limousine or other car service upon any street within the Township of Mount Laurel unless both the taxi, taxicab, limousine or other car service and the driver thereof are licensed pursuant to the terms of this chapter and conform to all of the provisions hereof and such person shall have complied with the laws of the State of New Jersey relating to taxicabs.
[Amended 9-21-1981 by Ord. No. 1981-19; 6-1-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-11; 3-19-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-2]
A. 
Every application for a taxicab license shall be made in writing to the Director of the Department of Public Safety and the Township Clerk and shall set forth the full name and address of the owner, lessee or bailee of the taxi, taxicab, limousine or other car service to be licensed, the make and character of taxi, taxicab, limousine or other car service, the length of time it has been in use, the number of persons said vehicle is suitable for carrying, the motor and serial number thereof and the place where it may be inspected by the Department of Public Safety. The applicant for a taxicab license shall present to the Department of Public Safety proof of registration for the vehicle, setting forth the name and address of the person to whom the vehicle is registered.
(1) 
If the applicant is an individual or copartnership, said application shall state also whether or not the applicant or applicants have ever been convicted of a crime, and if so, the crime of which he or she has been convicted, the place of conviction, the date thereof and the punishment therefor.
(2) 
If the applicant is a corporation, said application shall set forth the names and addresses of its officers, directors or stockholders and shall also state whether or not said officers, directors or stockholders have been convicted of a crime, and if so, the crime of which he or she has been convicted, the place of the conviction, the date thereof and the punishment therefor.
B. 
Each application shall be accompanied by a nonrefundable fee of $50 for each driver being licensed plus a $75 administrative fee. A nonrefundable fee of $350 for each vehicle, including a taxicab, limousine, or other car service being licensed, will be due at the time of inspection of said vehicle. Timing and payment of fees is at the sole discretion of the Clerk.
[Amended 12-22-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-8]
C. 
There shall be submitted with each application a schedule of the rates, fees or charges proposed to be made for the use within the Township of Mount Laurel of such taxis, taxicabs, limousines or other car services to be licensed.
No taxicab license or taxicab driver's license shall be issued to an individual who is not a citizen of the United States of America or who has been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude, or to a copartnership unless all the members thereof are citizens of the United States of America and none of whom has been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude, or to a corporation unless each of said officers, directors and stockholders thereof is a citizen of the United States of America and none of whom has been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude.
[Amended 10-17-1983 by Ord. No. 1983-31; 3-19-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-2]
Prior to the issuance of a taxicab license to an applicant under the above-entitled ordinance, each applicant shall file a certificate of insurance with the Township of Mount Laurel proving that each taxi, taxicab, limousine or other car service of the applicant is covered by liability insurance in the minimum amount of $100,000 per person and $300,000 per accident and $10,000 property damage per accident.
[Amended 9-21-1981 by Ord. No. 1981-19; 3-19-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-2]
Upon the granting of a taxicab license, there shall be issued to the applicant a card setting forth the name and address of the licensee, the number of the license, the make and character of the taxi, taxicab, limousine or other car service licensed, together with the maximum number of passengers to be carried therein at any one time. Said license card shall be signed by the Township Clerk and shall at all times be prominently displayed in the interior of the taxi, taxicab, limousine or other car service so licensed. There shall also be displayed in the interior of said taxi, taxicab, limousine or other car service a statement or schedule of the charges for the use thereof. Any taxicab license issued pursuant to this chapter may be transferred to another vehicle owned or in the custody of the same licensee, upon approval of the Township Clerk after proper application is made therefor and payment of a transfer fee of $2.
[Amended 10-17-1983 by Ord. No. 1983-31; 6-1-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-11]
Every application for a taxicab driver's license shall be made to the Director of the Department of Public Safety and Township Clerk and shall set forth the full name and address of the applicant, date of birth, social security number, whether or not he or she has ever been convicted of a crime, and if so, the crime of which he or she has been convicted, the place of conviction, the date thereof and the punishment therefor. Such applicant shall also furnish his or her driver's license number and satisfactory evidence that said license is not now or has been previously revoked. Each applicant for the taxicab driver's license shall, at the time of filing his application, consent to a criminal history investigation by the Department of Public Safety in order to secure reports from any agency it may deem desirable or necessary with respect to said application. Each applicant for a taxicab driver's license shall file with his or her application three photographs, approximately 1 1/2 inches by 1 1/2 inches, clearly depicting the facial features of the applicant, each of which photographs shall thereupon become the property of the Township and be retained with the application form unless the application shall be granted and the license issued, in which event one of such photographs shall be permanently affixed to the license card issued to said taxicab driver, one shall be retained by the Township Clerk and one shall be delivered to the Division of Police. Each of said photographs shall be signed on the back thereof by the applicant and shall bear the date upon which they were taken, which shall be not more than 30 days prior to the date of the application. A nonrefundable license fee of $15 shall accompany each application for a taxicab driver's license.
[Amended 3-19-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-2]
If the application for a taxicab driver's license shall be granted, there shall be issued to the applicant a license card setting forth the number of the license, the name and address of the licensee and his or her age. Said license card shall be signed by the Township Clerk and shall at all times be permanently displayed and adequately protected in the interior of any taxi, taxicab, limousine or other car service operated by the licensee so that the face thereof shall at all times be in full view of and plainly legible to any person seated on the rear seat of such taxi, taxicab, limousine or other car service.
[Amended 9-21-1981 by Ord. No. 1981-19]
Any applicant who is denied a license under this chapter may appeal to the Township Council within 10 days of his notification of denial at which time the Township Council will hold a hearing for the aggrieved party to determine the validity of the Director of Public Safety's denial of the application, at which time the Township Council may affirm or reverse the actions of the Director of Public Safety. No application shall be accepted from an applicant who was denied a license and no license shall be issued to said applicant unless the condition or conditions have changed sufficient to warrant a new license. The application shall set forth whether the applicant has previously filed an application for a license and whether said license was denied.
Every application for a taxicab license or taxicab driver's license shall be verified by the oath of the applicant or of an officer thereof if the applicant is a corporation.
[Amended 9-21-1981 by Ord. No. 1981-19; 3-19-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-2]
Every license issued pursuant to the terms of this chapter shall expire at 12:00 midnight on the 30th day of June of each year, unless sooner surrendered, suspended or revoked; provided, however, that if an application for a renewal shall have been filed on or before June 30, said taxi, taxicab, limousine or other car service may be operated and said taxicab driver may operate a taxi, taxicab, limousine or other car service, pending the issuance of a new license or licenses, until the 15th day of July next succeeding. No license fee payable under this chapter shall be prorated nor shall any part thereof be refunded for any reason. Applications for a renewal of any license shall be processed as if an application for a new license.
[Amended 3-19-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-2]
Every taxi, taxicab, limousine or other car service so licensed shall have printed or marked on both sides thereof or shall have affixed to the top thereof a sign, light or device bearing the word "taxi" or "cab" or the name of the operating owner along with the word "taxi" or "cab" or "taxicab."
[Amended 3-19-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-2]
The Township Council, after notice and hearing, may revoke or suspend any license issued pursuant to this chapter if the licensee has been once convicted of a crime in this or any other jurisdiction or has been convicted of being a disorderly person or of a violation of Title 39, Motor Vehicles and Traffic Regulations, of the Revised Statutes of New Jersey, or if the licensee violates any provision of this chapter or has any judgment unsatisfied against him, her or it arising out of any automobile accident for the space of 30 days, or if the licensee has made false answers in his, her or its application for such license or any renewal thereof, or if the licensee has failed or fails to render reasonably safe, proper or adequate taxicab service, or if the licensee has not complied fully with all the requirements of this chapter with respect to such license. Any taxicab driver's license may be revoked or suspended by the Township Council, after notice and hearing, if the licensee has in any degree contributed to any injury to person or damage to property arising out of the negligent operation of a motor vehicle, or if said taxicab driver shall have any communicable or contagious disease. Any taxicab license may be revoked or suspended by the Township Council, after notice and hearing, if the taxi, taxicab, limousine or other car service licensed is dangerous to the safety or health of occupants or others by reason of unsafe or unsanitary conditions, or if the financial responsibility of the owner, lessee or bailee has fallen below the requirements hereinbefore set forth, or if said licensed taxi, taxicab, limousine or other car service shall be used for any improper, immoral or illegal business or purpose.
[Amended 10-17-1983 by Ord. No. 1983-31; 10-1-1984 by Ord. No. 1984-33]
Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be punished either by imprisonment in the county jail or in any place provided by the municipality for the detention of prisoners for a term not exceeding 90 days or by a fine not exceeding $1,000, or both, in the discretion of the court. In default of the payment of any fine imposed under this chapter, any person convicted of a violation hereof may, in the discretion of the court by whom said person was convicted, be imprisoned in the county jail or place of detention provided by the municipality for any term not exceeding 90 days.