Village of Tarrytown, NY
Westchester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Tarrytown 9-3-1996 by L.L. No. 6-1996.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Licensing — See Ch. 209.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 291.
[1]
Editor's Note: This local law superseded former Ch. 273, Taxicabs, adopted 5-20-1991 by L.L. No. 8-1991.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
BUS
Every motor vehicle having a seating capacity of 15 or more passengers in addition to the driver and used for the transportation of persons.
CRUISING
The operation of a motor vehicle upon public streets when not engaged by a passenger for hire, soliciting prospective passengers for hire by words or actions.
HACKING
Any actions, words or gestures by which solicit a prospective passenger for hire.
LICENSING OFFICIAL
The Village Administrator of the Village of Tarrytown for taxicab licenses or livery licenses. The Westchester County Taxi and Limousine Commission for all for hire vehicle driver permits.
[Amended 9-18-2006 by L.L. No. 11-2006; 10-3-2011 by L.L. No. 10-2011]
LIVERIES
The regulations concerning liveries contained in this chapter apply only to liveries which pick up or drop off passengers at the Metro North Commuter Railroad Station.
[Amended 10-3-2011 by L.L. No. 10-2011]
LIVERY
Every motor vehicle, other than a taxicab or a bus, used in the business of transporting passengers for compensation.
LIVERY DRIVER
Includes any person who operates a livery.
TAXICAB
Every motor vehicle, other than a bus, used in the business of transporting passengers for compensation, and operated in such business under a license or permit issued by a local authority. All taxicab vehicles authorized by the Village of Tarrytown to operate as taxis must have New York State Department of Motor Vehicle taxi plates.
[Amended 1-22-2002 by L.L. No. 2-2002]
TAXICAB DRIVER
Includes any person who operates a taxicab.
[Amended 9-20-2010 by L.L. No. 11-2010; 10-3-2011 by L.L. No. 10-2011]
A. 
No person shall drive a taxi which picks up passengers within the Village limits and no owner of a taxi shall permit a driver thereof to pick up passengers within the Village limits without said driver having first procured a Westchester County for-hire-vehicle driver's permit from the Westchester County Taxi and Limousine Commission.
B. 
No person shall drive a livery which picks up or drops off passengers at the Metro North Commuter Railroad Station and no owner of a livery shall permit a driver thereof to pick up and/or drop off passengers at the Metro North Commuter Railroad Station without first having procured a Westchester County for-hire-vehicle driver’s permit from the Westchester County Taxi and Limousine Commission.
A. 
No owner of a taxicab which picks up passengers within the Village limits shall cause or permit such taxicab to be driven, operated or kept for hire or pay within the Village limits without first having procured a taxicab license for said taxicab and keeping the same in effect under the terms of this provision.
B. 
No owner of a livery which picks up passengers or drops off passengers at the Metro North Commuter Railroad Station shall cause or permit such livery to be driven, operated or kept for hire or pay without first having procured a livery license for said livery and keeping the same in force and effect under the provisions of this chapter.
[Added 10-3-2011 by L.L. No. 10-2011[1]]
The permit issued by the Village shall be prominently displayed by the for hire vehicle driver at all times when driving a taxicab or livery in the Village so as to be visible to all passengers riding in the taxicab or livery. Rules concerning the display of licenses or permits shall be prescribed by the Police Committee.
[1]
Editor's Note: This local law also repealed former § 273-4, Application for a taxicab/livery combination driver's license, as amended.
[Amended 9-15-1997 by L.L. No. 9-1997; 6-18-2001 by L.L. No. 5-2001; 1-22-2002 by L.L. No. 2-2002; 10-3-2011 by L.L. No. 10-2011[1]]
A. 
An application for a taxicab license or livery license shall be made by the owner of the vehicle upon blank forms furnished by the licensing official.
(1) 
Such application shall contain:
(a) 
The owner's full name and present residence.
(b) 
If the vehicle is owned by other than an individual person, the name and address of the firm, partnership, corporation or other. If a corporation, indicate the state in which incorporated or chartered and the date of such official recognition.
(c) 
The full names, addresses and social security numbers and dates of birth of all owners, officers, partners, managers, members of the Board of Directors and holders of 10% or more of the outstanding stock or indebtedness of such firm.
(d) 
Whether the applicant or any of the above named have ever been arrested for any crime or offense other than a traffic violation and, if so, that person's name and the charge, jurisdiction, date and disposition of each offense.
(e) 
All individuals, owners, officers, partners, managers, members of the Board of Directors or holders of 10% or more of the outstanding stock or indebtedness as identified in § 273-5A(l)(e) of this chapter shall be fingerprinted by an outside agency recommended by the Tarrytown Police Department, which fingerprints shall be forwarded to the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services for identification processing. The applicant(s) will tender the fees as established by the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services for the taking of such fingerprints. Said fingerprints to be taken every two years upon renewal. Should additional persons be added during the license year, those person(s) shall be immediately subject to the fingerprints requirements of this section.
(f) 
Model and year of taxicab or livery.
(g) 
Vehicle identification number of taxicab or livery.
(h) 
Vehicle registration number and a copy of the current New York State vehicle registration for taxicab or livery.
(i) 
Date of current New York State motor vehicle inspection of taxicab or livery.
(j) 
Places and dates of previous taxicab licenses or livery licenses.
(k) 
Whether owner's license to operate a taxicab or livery has ever been revoked in the Village or elsewhere and, if so, for what cause.
(2) 
Such statement shall be signed and sworn to by the owner and filed with licensing official as a permanent record.
B. 
False statements.
(1) 
Each application shall contain the following statement: "It is a crime punishable as a Class A misdemeanor to knowingly make a false statement herein."
(2) 
Any false statements by the owner for a taxicab license or a livery license shall be promptly reported by the licensing official to the Village Attorney. The licensing official is hereby authorized and empowered to require such additional information as he may deem necessary.
C. 
All applications shall be reviewed by the Police Department to determine the veracity of the information included in the application and compliance with the requirements of this chapter.
D. 
Applications for renewal of a taxicab license or a livery license shall be filed in the office of the Village Clerk at least 45 days prior to the expiration of said license. Anyone failing to submit said renewal application within the time frame stated herein shall forfeit said license to the Village.
E. 
An application to transfer a taxicab license or a livery license from one vehicle to another vehicle owned by and registered to the same person, firm, corporation or partnership during a licensing year shall be considered a new application, and all provisions of this chapter shall apply except that an administration fee of $25 and not an application fee would apply.
F. 
A taxicab license or a livery license may not be transferred or sold by the person, firm, corporation, partnership or entity that holds the license to any other person, firm, corporation, partnership or entity. Any attempt to sell or transfer a taxicab license or livery license as defined herein will result in the forfeiture of said license to the Village.
[1]
Editor's Note: This local law also repealed former § 273-5, Photograph of driver, and renumbered former § 273-8 as § 273-5.
[Amended 10-3-2011 by L.L. No. 10-2011[1]]
The Police Chief shall keep a complete record of all taxicab licenses or livery licenses issued and denied under this chapter, together with all applications, record checks, renewals, suspensions and revocations thereof.
[1]
Editor's Note: This local law also repealed former § 273-6, Conviction records check; fingerprints, and renumbered former § 273-13 as § 273-6.
[Amended 1-6-1997 by L.L. No. 1-1997; 6-18-2001 by L.L. No. 5-2001; 1-22-2002 by L.L. No. 2-2002; 5-7-2007; 10-3-2011 by L.L. No. 10-2011[1]]
A. 
Taxicabs and liveries not licensed by the Village of Tarrytown are not permitted to pick up fares at the Metro North Commuter Railroad Station.
B. 
Any vehicle licensed under the requirements of this chapter which uses the parking area designated as taxicab or livery stands and/or the waiting and loading areas for the Metro North Commuter Railroad Station is required to place the Village as an additional (named) insured on the vehicle's and the owner's auto insurance policy.
C. 
A driver of a taxi or livery shall not be permitted to wait for fares on the train station platform(s) or on walkway(s) at a distance greater than 20 feet from their vehicle at any time.
D. 
The Chief of Police or his designee shall investigate all complaints regarding taxi and/or livery companies or vehicles that are licensed by the Village of Tarrytown and which occur within the geographical jurisdiction of the Village. The Chief may, upon investigation, refer the matter to the Board of Trustees for further review and possible disciplinary action.
E. 
The Chief of Police or his designee may, from time to time, cause to have a Department of Motor Vehicles inquiry run on any taxi or livery vehicle licensed by the Village of Tarrytown. The Chief or his designee shall have the right to question the licensee regarding any violation(s) that may be discovered. The Chief may, upon investigation, refer the matter to the Board of Trustees for further review and possible action.
F. 
The lettering on taxicabs as specified herein is required to be permanently affixed to the vehicle; and the roof lights on taxicabs as required herein are required to be permanently affixed to the vehicle and lighted during the hours of darkness.
G. 
No taxi or livery driver shall refuse or neglect to convey an orderly person or persons upon request anywhere in the Village. No taxi or livery driver shall carry any other person than the person first employing the taxi/livery car without the consent of such first passenger.
[Added 5-15-2017 by L.L. No. 4-2017]
H. 
Taxis/livery cars shall have the name of the company, the company telephone number, and the cab number assigned to the vehicle clearly marked in letters or numerals of at least two inches in height. These are to be on the driver and passenger sides of the vehicle and are to be in a sharply contrasting color to that of the vehicle and be permanently affixed to the vehicle.
[Added 5-15-2017 by L.L. No. 4-2017]
[1]
Editor's Note: This local law also repealed former § 273-7, Issuance of driver's license; temporary permit; display, as amended, and renumbered former § 273-14 as § 273-7.
[Amended 9-15-1997 by L.L. No. 9-1997; 6-18-2001 by L.L. No. 5-2001; 9-20-2010 by L.L. No. 11-2010; 10-3-2011 by L.L. No. 10-2011[1]]
A. 
Any owner of a taxicab or livery not licensed, inspected or equipped in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, or of a taxicab or livery, the license of which has been suspended or revoked, who engages in the business of a taxicab or livery as defined herein or attempts to engage in such business or solicits passengers for hire, or any owner of a taxicab or livery who permits a taxicab or livery driver not licensed under this chapter to drive a taxicab or livery shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine of not less than $100 and of not more than $250 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 15 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
B. 
Upon conviction of any person for any violation of a provision of this chapter for which no punishment is specifically provided, the punishment, upon conviction for such violation, shall be a fine of not less than $100 and of not more than $250 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 15 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
C. 
Each and every day that a violation of this chapter continues shall constitute a separate and distinct violation of this chapter.
D. 
Suspension and revocation of license. In addition to the fine or imprisonment, or both, authorized by this chapter, any licensee shall be subject to the suspension or revocation of his/her license upon conviction for any violation of this chapter. The Village Administrator may suspend or revoke a license granted under any provision of this chapter, pending or in advance of criminal prosecution of the license.
E. 
Forfeiture of license. In addition to any penalty authorized by this chapter, any owner of a taxicab and/or livery license shall be subject to the forfeiture of that license, with the license reverting back to the Village, upon conviction for any violation of this chapter.
[1]
Editor's Note: This local law also renumbered former § 273-15 as § 273-8.
A. 
No vehicle shall be licensed as a taxicab or livery unless it has been inspected as required by the Department of Motor Vehicles of the State of New York and has affixed on it a valid New York State inspection certificate and, further, that it has been examined and found to be clean, fit and of good appearance for the transportation of passengers. The Police Chief shall make or have made by his deputy an examination before a license shall be issued, and only upon certification by the Police Chief that the vehicle meets the conditions herein prescribed shall the Mayor issue or renew or reinstate a license.
B. 
Any taxicab or livery that fails an inspection by the Department of Motor Vehicles of the State of New York or an inspection by the Village of Tarrytown Police Department shall have 30 days to repair said vehicle for reinspection. If, within the thirty-day period, the vehicle does not pass reinspection, the license for that taxicab or livery shall be forfeit and will revert to the Village.
[Added 9-15-1997 by L.L. No. 9-1997[1]]
[1]
Editor's Note: This local law also redesignated former Subsections B, C and D as E, F and G.
C. 
For any taxicab or livery that fails an inspection by the Department of Motor Vehicles of the State of New York or an inspection by the Village of Tarrytown Police Department and is found to be operating within the Village limits before the vehicle has passed reinspection, the license for that taxicab or livery shall be forfeit and will revert to the Village.
[Added 9-15-1997 by L.L. No. 9-1997]
D. 
For any taxicab or livery that is found to be operating within the Village limits with an expired New York State Department of Motor Vehicles inspection sticker, the license for that taxicab or livery shall be forfeit and will revert to the Village.
[Added 9-15-1997 by L.L. No. 9-1997]
E. 
The Village Administrator shall refuse a license to or, if already issued, shall revoke or suspend the license of any vehicle certified to be unfit or unsuited for public patronage.
[Amended 9-20-2010 by L.L. No. 11-2010]
F. 
The Police Chief is hereby authorized and empowered to establish reasonable rules and regulations for the inspection of taxicabs and liveries as to their condition of fitness and qualifications and the form of certificate to be issued therefor.
G. 
The Police Chief shall make or have made by his designee from time to time, as may be directed by the Police Committee, further inspections and examinations of taxicabs and liveries licensed hereunder to determine that they are kept in a condition of continued fitness for public use. Certificates, in writing, of all such inspections shall be promptly made to the Village Clerk and reported by him to the Village Administrator.
[Amended 9-20-2010 by L.L. No. 11-2010]
A. 
Upon meeting the inspection requirements set forth in § 273-9 hereof, a taxicab or livery shall be licensed by delivering to the owner thereof a card of such size and form as may be prescribed by the licensing official. The card shall contain the official license number of the taxicab or livery, together with the date of inspection and a statement to the effect that, in case of any complaints, the licensing official shall be notified, giving the license number of the taxicab or livery. Such card shall be signed by the licensing official or his/her representative. The license number assigned hereunder shall, in each case, be the same as that assigned to the vehicle for that year, pursuant to law. Such license card shall be prominently displayed in the taxicab or livery at times so as to be visible to all passengers riding in the taxicab or livery. Rules concerning the display of the license card shall be prescribed by the Police Committee.
B. 
Taxicab licenses or livery licenses shall be valid for one year unless previously suspended or revoked.
C. 
Licenses, when not used for a period of two months, shall be considered null and void.
D. 
(Reserved)[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection D, regarding the number of taxicab and livery licenses, as amended, was repealed 1-22-2002 by L.L. No. 2-2002.
E. 
(Reserved)[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection E, which limited the number of licenses one entity could possess, as amended, was repealed 1-22-2002 by L.L. No. 2-2002.
F. 
The Village shall have the right to investigate and obtain information regarding the ownership of any entity (limited liability company, corporation, partnership or individual or entities with common operations and dispatchers) that owns taxicab and livery licenses issued by the Village. If any entity (limited liability company, corporation, partnership or individual or entities with common operations and dispatchers) is deemed to have violated this section, all of their taxicab and/or livery licenses will be subject to forfeiture to the Village.
[Added 9-15-1997 by L.L. No. 9-1997; amended 6-18-2001 by L.L. No. 5-2001]
G. 
(Reserved)[3]
[3]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection G, regarding the lottery system for awarding licenses, as amended, was repealed 1-22-2002 by L.L. No. 2-2002.
H. 
Any and all taxi and livery licenses issued by the Village of Tarrytown shall remain the property of the Village of Tarrytown and shall revert back to the Village upon:
[Amended 6-18-2001 by L.L. No. 5-2001]
(1) 
Any licensee's failure to meet the requirements of this chapter.
(2) 
Any licensee's failure to use the license(s) for any two consecutive months.
(3) 
The dissolution of the limited liability company, corporation or partnership to which the taxi license or livery license has been granted.
I. 
All taxicab and livery licenses shall be subject to an annual fee as outlined in the Fee Schedule for the Village of Tarrytown.[4]
[4]
Editor's Note: The Fee Schedule is on file in the office of the Village Clerk.
A. 
General.
(1) 
Any vehicle licensed under the requirements of this chapter which uses the parking area designated as taxicab stands/livery stands and/or the holding area for the Metro North Commuter Railroad Station is required to place the Village as an additional (named) insured on the vehicle's and the owner's auto insurance policy.
[Amended 9-15-1997 by L.L. No. 9-1997; 6-18-2001 by L.L. No. 5-2001]
(2) 
A livery licensed under the requirements of this chapter shall in no case be permitted to use the parking areas designated as taxicab stands.
(3) 
A taxicab licensed under the requirements of this chapter shall in no case be permitted to use the parking areas designated as livery stands.
(4) 
All taxicabs and liveries shall park only in designated parking spaces and designated holding areas so marked for taxicabs and liveries.
[Amended 6-18-2001 by L.L. No. 5-2001]
B. 
Taxicab stands. The Police Committee shall from time to time determine the appropriate location(s) at the Metro North Commuter Railroad Station for taxicab stands.
C. 
Livery stands. The Police Committee shall from time to time determine the appropriate location(s) at the Metro North Commuter Railroad Station for livery stands.
A. 
A taxicab owner or driver or a livery owner or driver shall not charge a fare for taxicab services or livery services in excess of the schedule of rates established by the Board of Trustees. The schedule of rates is located in the Fee Schedule for the Village of Tarrytown.
B. 
A card listing the zones and the fee schedule shall be placed in each taxicab or livery in a clearly visible location as prescribed by the Police Committee.
C. 
In the event of a dispute over the fare, the driver shall contact the dispatcher; if requested by the passenger, the driver shall proceed to the police station.
D. 
The Board of Trustees may, by resolution, modify the schedule of rates.
E. 
A card advising the taxicab/livery passenger that complaints regarding service and/or rates can be directed to the Village of Tarrytown Police Department shall be placed in each taxi and livery vehicle at a location determined by the Police Committee.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 273-13, Records to be kept, was renumbered 10-3-2011 by L.L. No. 10-2011. See now § 273-6.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 273-14, General operation regulations, was renumbered 10-3-2011 by L.L. No. 10-2011. See now § 273-7.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 273-15, Penalties for offenses; suspension or revocation of license, was renumbered 10-3-2011 by L.L. No. 10-2011. See now § 273-8.
[Amended 6-18-2001 by L.L. No. 5-2001]
From time to time the Police Committee for the Village of Tarrytown shall promulgate rules, designations, directives and mandates as enumerated in this chapter. These rules, designations, directives and mandates shall be contained in Appendix A of this chapter.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Appendix A is on file in the office of the Village Clerk.