Town/Village of Mount Kisco, NY
Westchester County
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Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Mount Kisco 4-24-2006 by L.L. No. 1-2006.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Peddling and soliciting — See Ch. 83.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 101.
[1]
Editor's Note: This local law supersedes former Ch. 98, Taxicabs, adopted 12-5-2005 by L.L. No. 8-2005.
Chapter 98 of the Village Code of the Village of Mount Kisco is adopted pursuant to the authority of Vehicle and Traffic Law § 1640 as a local traffic regulation and shall be enforceable in the same manner as any other traffic law or regulation under the Vehicle and Traffic Law or the Code of the Village of Mount Kisco.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
CRUISING
The operation of a taxicab upon Mount Kisco streets when not employed by a passenger and, by words or actions, solicitation of prospective passengers for hire.
LICENSING OFFICIAL
The Village Clerk or his designee.
OPERATOR
Any person owning, leasing, franchising or having control of the use of one or more taxicabs used for hire upon the streets of the Village or engaged in the business of operating a taxicab.
OWNER
The owner of a vehicle described herein is the person in whose name the state title is issued pursuant to the Vehicle and Traffic Law or, if the vehicle is leased, the person in whose name the vehicle is registered.
PRIVATE LIVERY CAB
A taxicab, except that such private livery cab shall not:
A. 
Have the dome light or the external markings for taxicabs prescribed in this chapter.
B. 
Be allowed to use taxi stands within the Village.
C. 
Be used in the Village for hire except upon a unit of time for hire by the hour, day or week, which unit of hire may exceed that prescribed for taxicabs in this chapter.
STREET
Any highway, street, alley, avenue, court, bridge, lane or public highway or any other public way in the Village.
TAXICAB
Any motor vehicle having a seating capacity of not more than seven persons, in addition to the driver, engaged in the business of carrying persons for compensation whether the same be operated from a street stand or subject to calls from an approved garage or other approved office location, except vehicles subject to the provisions of the Public Service Law or used by undertakers in carrying on their undertaking business.
TAXICAB DRIVER
Any person who drives a taxicab, whether such person is the owner, lessee or franchisee of the taxicab or employed as an operator.
TAXICAB DRIVER'S LICENSE
The document granting permission by the Village to any person to drive a licensed taxicab upon the streets of Mount Kisco.
TAXICAB LICENSE
The permission granted by the Village to any person to operate or keep for hire any taxicab in the Village.
TAXICAB STAND
Any place alongside a curb of a street or elsewhere marked by a taxicab sign authorized and exclusively reserved by the Board of Trustees for the use of taxicabs.
No person shall drive a taxicab that picks up passengers within the Village limits and no owner of a taxicab shall permit a driver thereof to pick up passengers within the Village limits without said driver first having procured a taxicab driver's license from the Village Clerk or his designee and keeping the same in force and effect, under the provisions of this chapter.
[Amended 11-19-2007 by L.L. No. 4-2007]
No owner, operator, lessee or franchisee of a taxicab that 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 from the licensing official for said taxicab and keeping the same in force and effect, under provisions of this chapter.
A. 
Requirements of applicant; signature of taxicab company owner required.
(1) 
Each applicant for a taxicab driver's license must comply with the following to the satisfaction of the licensing official:
(a) 
Must first have obtained a New York State Class E license and continue to satisfy all requirements and conditions therein throughout the term of said state license and Village license.
(b) 
Fill out, upon a blank form to be provided by the licensing official, a statement providing the information below, which statement shall be signed and sworn to by the applicant and filed with the licensing official as a permanent record, together with the requisite fees.
[1] 
Full name.
[2] 
Residence and applicant's other places of residence, if any, during the five years previous to application, with dates provided for each place of residence.
[3] 
Date and place of birth.
[4] 
Height.
[5] 
Color of eyes and hair.
[6] 
Places and dates of all previous employment during the five years previous to application.
[7] 
Place and date of any felony and misdemeanor charges, regardless of whether the ultimate disposition resulted in felony or misdemeanor convictions.
[8] 
Place and dates of any previous licenses issued by the Village.
[9] 
Place, date and description of any revocations or suspensions of licenses issued by the Village.
[10] 
Disclosure of any medical conditions, illnesses or other disabilities that might impact the applicant's ability to operate a cab.
(2) 
Each application for a taxicab driver's license shall set forth the name of and be signed by the owner or duly authorized representative of the owner of the taxicab company for which the driver works.
B. 
False statements.
(1) 
Each application shall contain the following statement:
Notice: Pursuant to the Penal Law, § 210.45, it is a crime punishable as a Class A misdemeanor to knowingly make a false statement herein.
(2) 
Any false statements by the applicant for a driver's license shall be promptly reported by the licensing official to the corporation counsel of the Village of Mount Kisco. The licensing official is hereby authorized and empowered to require such additional information as he may deem necessary.
C. 
Application processing. Any application for a taxicab driver's license or renewal thereof shall be submitted at least 60 days prior to issuance or renewal so that an appropriate processing period can be afforded to the Village and the state.
[Amended 11-19-2007 by L.L. No. 4-2007]
Each applicant for a driver's license must file with his or her application three unmounted, unretouched photographs of himself or herself in such position as the licensing official may direct, taken within the 30 days preceding the filing of his or her application. Photographs shall be of a passport size which may be easily attached to his or her license, one of which shall be attached to the license when issued and the other shall be filed with the application. The photograph shall be so attached to the license that it cannot be removed and another photograph substituted without detection. Each licensed driver shall prominently display in the taxicab at all times his or her license and photograph so as to be both visible and legible to all passengers riding in the taxicab.
A. 
The licensing official shall obtain from the State Division of Criminal Justice Services and the State Division of Motor Vehicles record checks as to criminal history records and Vehicle and Traffic Law convictions for applicants for taxicab driver's licenses or applicants for the renewal of taxicab driver's licenses to be issued by the Village. In connection thereto, every applicant for such licenses shall, at his or her sole cost and expense, be fingerprinted at a facility authorized by the State Division of Criminal Justice Services, which fingerprints, together with applicable fees, shall be forwarded to the State Division of Criminal Justice Services for identification processing. The applicant shall also tender the requisite fees to the Village to cover the costs for the processing license applications to the Village. Said payments shall be nonrefundable and made in cash or by certified check or money order. No license or renewal thereof shall issue, except a temporary license as provided in § 98-9, until the investigations as required herein shall be completed except that an applicant shall be exempt from the provisions of this section if he has held taxicab driver's licenses from the Village for the five continuous years previous to application and the criminal history record checks conducted in said five years found no criminal convictions during said period.
[Amended 11-19-2007 by L.L. No. 4-2007; 4-5-2010 by L.L. No. 1-2010]
B. 
Reasons for license denial; suspension, cancellation, revocation and refusal to renew or issue a license.
(1) 
The Village Clerk or his designee may suspend, cancel or revoke a taxicab driver's or taxicab license and may refuse to approve an application for renewal thereof for any of the following reasons:
(a) 
Conviction: the conviction of the applicant or licensee of a felony, misdemeanor or any other criminal offense within the preceding 10 years. In reviewing an application of any person who has previously been convicted of one or more criminal offenses in this state or other jurisdictions, the licensing official shall apply the standards for licensure as embodied in Article 23-A of the Corrections Law.
(b) 
False application: if the licensee or applicant has made a material false statement or concealed a material fact in connection with the application for a license or renewal thereof.
(c) 
Violations: if the licensee or applicant has violated any of the provisions of this chapter.
(d) 
Prior revocation or suspension of a taxicab driver's license or taxicab license: if the applicant, any officer, director, stockholder or partner or any other person directly or indirectly interested in the application for a taxicab license was the former holder, or was an officer, director, or partner or stockholder in a corporation or a partnership that was the former holder, of a taxicab license that has been revoked or suspended.
(e) 
True ownership requirement: if the applicant is not the true owner of the vehicle or of the taxicab business.
(2) 
Subject to the hearing provisions set forth below, action on any application may be deferred and any existing license may be suspended at any time when there is reasonable cause to believe that an applicant/licensee has used a taxicab for immoral or illegal activity or for a violation of any state law governing the operations of motor vehicles. Such suspension or deferral shall be for the minimum period necessary to allow the licensing official to investigate the alleged improper conduct, whereupon a determination shall be made to issue, not issue, revoke or restore such license, as the case may be. In the event that criminal prosecution is pending, the licensing official may defer such determination until final disposition of the charges.
C. 
Hearings.
(1) 
Notice. Any suspension, cancellation or refusal to issue a license or to renew a license made hereunder shall be by written notice issued by the licensing official to the applicant or licensee, who is entitled to demand a hearing, provided such demand is made in writing to the licensing official, and such hearing shall be conducted within 15 business days after the imposition of such suspension or cancellation of a license hereunder if less then seven days' prior notice thereof has been given. Where prior notice of at least seven days has been given with respect to a proposed suspension or cancellation of a license, a hearing shall be held within 15 business days after receipt of a written demand.
(2) 
Demand for hearing. The demand for a hearing must be made in writing and received by the licensing official within 30 days after the mailing of the notice of the suspension, revocation or denial of a license, in default of which the right to a hearing will be deemed waived.
(3) 
Conduct of hearing. Upon receipt of a timely demand for a hearing, as provided above, the licensing official shall notify the office of the Village Attorney that such hearing has been demanded. The licensing official shall also transmit to the Village Attorney the documentation, application forms and a written statement of a reason for the revocation, suspension or denial of a taxicab driver's license or taxicab license. Within the time limits prescribed pursuant to § 98-7C(1) above, the Village Attorney shall arrange for a hearing before a hearing officer, or hearing officers, appointed by the Village Attorney who shall not be a member or employee of the Village of Mount Kisco Police Department. At such hearing, the licensing official or his designee shall present his reasons for the denial of the license in question, and the applicant whose license was denied, revoked or suspended shall be accorded every opportunity to bring forward all matters in his defense. An applicant shall be entitled to, but not be required to bring, counsel at any such hearing. Upon the conclusion of such hearing, the hearing officer(s) shall make a binding determination of the licensing official, in the event the hearing officer(s) shall reverse the revocation, denial or suspension in part, the hearing officer(s) shall also provide such conditions as said hearing officer(s) may deem reasonably appropriate. Any person aggrieved by a determination of the hearing officer(s), including the licensing official, shall have the right to challenge such determination pursuant to Article 78 of the Civil Practice Law and Rules of the State of New York.
(4) 
Surrender of license. In the event of a suspension or cancellation as provided for herein of a taxicab operator's or owner's license, the holder thereof shall deliver the affected license to the Chief of Police within 24 hours of receipt of notice.
A. 
Form, issuance; denial.
(1) 
Upon satisfactory fulfillment of the foregoing requirements, there shall be issued to the applicant a license, which shall be in such form as to contain a photograph and the signature of the licensee and the signature of the licensing official. All licenses shall be numbered in the order in which they are issued and shall contain the name of the licensee and the dates of issuance and expiration of the license. Any licensee who defaces, removes or obliterates any official entry made upon his license or permits the same to be done shall be punished by the revocation of his license.
(2) 
In addition to the reasons set forth in § 98-7B, the licensing official may, in his or her discretion, deny the issuance of a taxicab driver's license or renewal thereof to an applicant whose application contains material false statements or whose health or previous criminal and Vehicle and Traffic Law conviction record would, in his or her opinion, endanger the general public or impair the applicant's ability to drive a taxicab. Such denial shall be in writing. Article 23-A of the New York State Corrections Law shall guide the licensing official in evaluating the applicant's conviction record, if any.
[Amended 4-5-2010 by L.L. No. 1-2010]
B. 
Taxicab driver's licenses shall be valid for a period not to exceed one year, unless sooner suspended or revoked. All licenses shall be valid from April 1 through March 31 of the succeeding year. Any licenses issued after April 1 shall only be valid for the balance of said period or term. No fees shall be prorated.
C. 
Applications for the renewal of a taxicab driver's license shall be filed in the office of the licensing official at least 60 days prior to the expiration of said driver's license.
D. 
A temporary permit may be issued by the licensing official pending receipt of the official record check detailed in § 98-7 above. Such issuance shall be at the licensing official's sole discretion and upon his finding that the applicant would not endanger the general public by driving a taxicab in the Village. Such temporary permit shall in no event be granted for a period longer than 60 days and shall be nonrenewable, and a nonrefundable fee of $100 shall be charged for its issuance, which fee shall not be applied toward the annual licensing fee detailed in § 98-15 below.
E. 
Such license or permit shall be prominently displayed by the taxicab driver at all times when driving a taxicab in the Village so as to be visible to all passengers riding in the taxicab.
F. 
Denial of license. If the results of any of the examinations are unsatisfactory in the opinion of the licensing official or his designee, the application shall be denied subject to the provisions hereof for hearings.
G. 
Any applications hereunder shall be made at a time and place established by the licensing official. All payments shall be nonrefundable and will not be prorated.
A. 
Except as set forth in Subsection A(1)(b), an application for a taxicab license shall be made by the owner of the vehicle upon blank forms furnished by the licensing official.
(1) 
Contents of application; registration under another business name.
(a) 
Such application shall contain:
[1] 
The full name of the owner(s) and present residence(s). In the event that ownership of such vehicle is in a form other than in an individual capacity, the full names and present addresses of all beneficial owners shall also be provided.
[2] 
The model, year and present mileage of the taxicab.
[3] 
The vehicle identification number of the taxicab.
[4] 
The vehicle registration number and a copy of the current New York State vehicle registration and title for the taxicab. In the event that a new vehicle is being licensed and the title has not yet been received by the owner, the title may be submitted to the licensing official within 60 days of the submission of the taxicab license application.
[5] 
The date of the current New York State motor vehicle inspection of the taxicab.
[6] 
The places and dates of previous taxicab licenses.
[7] 
Whether the owner's license or any of the beneficial owners' licenses to operate a taxicab have ever been revoked in the Village or elsewhere and, if so, for what cause.
[8] 
Proof of insurance.
[9] 
Proof of certificate of doing business as or incorporation, location of an office within the Village of Mount Kisco and fleet location within the Village, subject to conformance with Village of Mount Kisco zoning.
(b) 
Any individual who desires to operate a taxicab business without actually owning any or all of the vehicles in the fleet may do so, provided that said owner first files for and is issued a taxicab license and otherwise provides the information required by this chapter for all the vehicles within the fleet.
(c) 
Any owner of a taxicab may register such vehicle to operate under another business name, provided that such designated business has been duly issued a valid taxicab license and the owner or duly authorized representative of such company evidences its consent to such registration by signing said taxicab license application.
(d) 
Any obligations of a taxicab owner regarding requisite inspections, licensing, equipment or operations as set forth in this chapter shall equally apply to a taxicab licensee.
(2) 
Such statement shall be signed and sworn to by the owner and filed with the licensing official as a permanent record.
(3) 
The licensing official shall obtain from the State Division of Criminal Justice Services and the State Division of Motor Vehicles record checks as to criminal history records and Vehicle and Traffic Law convictions for applicants for taxicab licenses or applicants for the renewal of taxicab licenses to be issued by the Village. In connection thereto, every applicant for such licenses shall, at his or her sole cost and expense, be fingerprinted at a facility authorized by the State Division of Criminal Justice Services, which fingerprints, together with applicable fees, shall be forwarded to the State Division of Criminal Justice Services for identification processing. The applicant shall also tender the requisite fees to the Village to cover the costs of processing licensing applications to the Village. No license or renewal thereof shall issue, except a temporary license as provided in § 98-9, until the investigations as required herein shall be completed, except that an applicant shall be exempt from the provisions of this section if he has held taxicab licenses from the Village for the five continuous years previous to application and the criminal history record checks conducted in said five years found no criminal convictions during said period.
[Amended 4-5-2010 by L.L. No. 1-2010]
B. 
False statements.
(1) 
Each application shall contain the following statement:
Notice: Pursuant to the Penal Law, § 210.45, 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 shall be promptly reported by the licensing official to the Village Prosecutor. The licensing official is hereby authorized and empowered to require such additional information as he may deem necessary.
C. 
Limitation on number of licensed vehicles. The number of taxicabs for which licenses may be issued shall be limited to 50. In issuing annual licenses, existing valid licenses shall be entitled to renewal upon application. Any lapse in the validity of a taxicab license shall preclude any preference for renewal.
A. 
The soliciting of patronage by taxicab operators at the railroad station on the approach thereto or in front thereof or upon the stairways within the limits of the subway exit from the station is forbidden. Taxicab operators are to remain in the areas designated for taxicab parking.
B. 
Taxicab operators may pick up passengers in front of the station only when the operator is specifically called by name for such purpose, and this right shall be limited to picking up the aged, infirm or other persons to whom the exit stairs offer difficulty. All other persons must be picked up in the taxicab area, as designated.
C. 
Taxicab operators may not enter the station, stairs, or subway or go to the platform of the station for luggage unless specifically called for such purpose by a passenger. When so called, the taxicab operator must wait until other passengers have departed from the stairs, subway or station, and the operator shall not, in entering or leaving the station exit, platform or stairs to pick up such luggage, unreasonably interfere with the use of such facilities by other persons.
A. 
No vehicle shall be licensed pursuant to this chapter until it has been inspected and examined and found to be in a thoroughly safe condition for the transportation of passengers, clean, fit, of good appearance, well painted and in complete compliance with all requirements of the Village Code.
B. 
The licensing official is hereby empowered to designate not more than two official inspection stations (which shall be designated New York State inspection stations) in the Village of Mount Kisco for the purposes of this chapter of the Village Code.
C. 
In addition to the prelicensing inspection, it shall be the responsibility of each owner and driver of a taxi applying for or licensed in the Village of Mount Kisco to cause such vehicle to be inspected annually by a designated inspection station.
D. 
Two copies of the inspection report shall be given to the vehicle owner, who shall forward a copy to the licensing official at the completion of the inspection. Proof of satisfactory inspection shall be displayed on the vehicle in a form/sticker provided by the Village on the operator's side rear window.
E. 
The inspection of taxis shall include, but not be limited to, a review of the following:
(1) 
Brakes.
(2) 
Tires.
(3) 
Steering.
(4) 
Shock absorbers.
(5) 
Exterior lights.
(6) 
Interior lights.
(7) 
Windshield/Other glass.
(8) 
Windshield wipers.
(9) 
Mirrors (inside and out)
(10) 
Horn.
(11) 
Upholstery.
(12) 
Floorboards/Floor mats.
(13) 
Door handles/doors.
(14) 
Body damage and rust.
(15) 
Paint.
(16) 
Directional signals.
(17) 
Heater.
(18) 
Speedometer.
(19) 
Front and rear defrost systems.
(20) 
Seatbelts.
F. 
Repair work that is required after inspection of a taxi must be completed within 10 days of the inspection, and satisfactory proof of repair shall be presented to the licensing official. Failure to make necessary repairs and to present satisfactory proof may be a ground for suspension of an owner's license.
G. 
Upon receipt of a report from any designated inspection station which finds a taxi to be unfit or unsuited for public patronage or which shall fail to comply with the requirements of this chapter, the licensing official shall refuse a license or shall revoke or suspend the license previously issued.
A. 
Every licensed vehicle shall be kept mechanically fit and the interior and exterior kept in a clean and sanitary condition and shall at all times bear a current New York State inspection sticker as well as a Village of Mount Kisco licensing sticker, which shall be affixed to the driver's side rear window.
B. 
All licensed vehicles, except vans that have at least one sliding side door, shall have four doors, two of which lead into the driver's compartment, and all doors shall be so constructed that they may be opened from the inside and the outside.
C. 
Every licensed vehicle shall be equipped with an adequate heater and air conditioning of a type that will not permit exhaust gases to enter the interior of the vehicle.
D. 
Every vehicle licensed shall be equipped with two adjustable rearview mirrors, one in the drivers compartment and one installed on the exterior of the vehicle on the driver's side door.
E. 
Every licensed vehicle shall be equipped with a standard speedometer that is not inoperative or disconnected.
F. 
Each licensed vehicle shall have either an acceptable snow tire, radial tire or tire chains on the drive wheels of such vehicle when pavement conditions are such as to require said use for the safety of the driver, the passenger and the general public.
G. 
Each licensed vehicle shall be equipped with operable windshield wipers properly installed and maintained in good working order, which shall be operated whenever weather conditions require. In addition, each licensed vehicle shall at all times remain in compliance with New York State regulations requiring that headlights be turned on at any time the windshield wipers are in operation.
[Amended 11-19-2007 by L.L. No. 4-2007]
H. 
Each licensed vehicle shall contain the original or replacement upholstery and floor mats in good and suitable condition for satisfactory use by the public. In the event that original upholstery or floor mats are found to be worn or otherwise deteriorated, such upholstery or floor mats must be replaced prior to the use of the licensed vehicle for conveyance of the public.
I. 
Each licensed vehicle shall be equipped with an interior light capable of illuminating the entire interior of said public vehicle after sundown. Said light shall be so arranged as to be automatically turned on by the opening of any door to the vehicle.
[Amended 11-19-2007 by L.L. No. 4-2007]
J. 
Wherever glass is used in the construction of any licensed vehicle, such glass shall be safety glass clearly and permanently marked as such and of a type approved by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles of the State of New York. All glass in said licensed vehicle shall be in good condition and shall not contain air bubbles, cracks or fractures.
K. 
The fenders and body of each licensed vehicle must be rigidly and tightly fastened to said vehicle, free from dents or mutilation, and shall be so constructed as to allow the full opening of all doors of the vehicle. The exterior of the vehicle shall be well maintained and painted and the finish in good condition.
L. 
New York State license plates. Village licensing stickers and any other licensing or inspection identification shall be placed and maintained in such manner as to be clearly visible and unobstructed at all times. All Village inspection stickers shall be conspicuously displayed on the driver's side rear window.
M. 
No licensed vehicle shall be equipped with any equipment that is not reasonably useful or necessary to furnish safe, adequate and convenient taxicab service to the public. No licensed vehicle shall utilize exterior floodlights.
N. 
It shall be unlawful for any licensed driver of any licensed vehicle to misrepresent or withhold the name of his employer or the address or telephone number of the same.
O. 
A current list of driver employees shall be maintained and furnished to the licensing official.
P. 
A letter shall be provided to the licensing official within five business days upon the discharge or termination for any reason of a driver/employee.
Q. 
The transfer of ownership of any vehicle licensed by the Village shall be promptly reported to the licensing official, and concurrently, the taxicab license for the use of such vehicle shall be turned in to the Chief.
R. 
Proper vehicle insurance shall be maintained for all owned or operated taxis in accordance with the New York State Motor Vehicle Law, and a revocation or cancellation of insurance shall be reported immediately to the licensing official.
S. 
It shall be the duty and obligation of any taxicab owner or licensee to ensure that such vehicle shall only be operated by a duly licensed taxicab driver.
T. 
Any vehicle utilized as a taxicab in the Village shall be required to have New-York-State-issued taxicab plates. Upon approval of a Village-issued taxicab license, the licensee shall be required to fill out and submit DMV form No. 289 or such other documentation as may be required for the issuance of taxicab license plates. The licensing official shall not be required to sign such form until Village approvals are issued.
A. 
Upon meeting the inspection requirements set forth in §§ 98-12 and 98-13 hereof, a taxicab 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, together with the date of issuance and expiration, the name and address of the vehicle owner and the taxicab company name and address 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. Such card shall be signed by the licensing official. 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 at all times so as to be visible and legible to all passengers riding in the taxicab.
[Amended 11-19-2007 by L.L. No. 4-2007]
B. 
Taxicab licenses shall be valid for a period of up to one year, unless previously suspended or revoked. All licenses shall be valid from April 1 through March 31 of the succeeding year. Any licenses issued after April 1 shall only be valid for the balance of said period or time. No fees shall be prorated.
A. 
The annual fee for a taxicab driver's license shall be $200.
B. 
The annual fee for a taxicab license shall be $350.
C. 
The annual fee for the inspection of taxicabs shall be established by the licensing official for each such inspection, which shall be paid directly to the inspection station.
D. 
The replacement fee for a lost or stolen license shall be $50.
E. 
In the event that an application for a taxicab license or taxicab driver's license is made on or after the first day of January and covers a licensing period of three months or less for the remaining licensing year, the application fee shall be reduced by 50% of the fee that would otherwise be applicable. Said refund shall not be applicable to expenses charged under § 98-7. All fees shall be paid at the time of application.
[Amended 11-19-2007 by L.L. No. 4-2007]
F. 
In the event that the license is denied, suspended or revoked, there shall be no entitlement to reimbursement thereof or proration thereof.
A. 
A taxicab owner or driver shall not charge a fare for taxicab services in excess of the following schedule of rates:
(1) 
First passenger from any point having its origin within the municipal limits of the Village of Mount Kisco to any point having its destination within the municipal limits of the Village of Mount Kisco: shall not exceed $5. A surcharge not exceeding $2 may be charged for fares within the Village for fares that commence between 12:00 midnight and 5:00 a.m. or at any time on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
[Amended 11-19-2007 by L.L. No. 4-2007]
(2) 
Each additional passenger going from the same point of origin to the same point of destination as the first passenger: $1. (Up to two children eight years of age or under will ride free if accompanied by an adult passenger.)
(3) 
Baggage. No charge will be made for a suitcase, traveling bag, shopping bag or other package hand carried by a passenger, provided such items are limited to a total of three. Additional packages requiring handling by the taxicab driver shall be carried, provided that the weight of such package is less than 50 pounds. A charge of $0.25 for each additional package or packages requiring handling is authorized.
(4) 
The soliciting of tips, gratuities or any charges in addition to those authorized herein is a violation of this chapter.
(5) 
Out-of-town trips. If the taxicab is engaged for an out-of-town trip originating or terminating in Mount Kisco, the operator of the taxicab shall agree with the passenger prior to the commencement of the trip on the rate to be charged, which shall include all tolls to be paid. Failure to establish such fare prior to the commencement of the trip shall result in a fare not to exceed the fare set forth in § 98-16A(1).
(6) 
Transport of animals. There is no additional charge for carrying a guide dog accompanying a blind person or hearing-handicapped person. No other animal need be transported in a licensed taxicab unless the animal is securely enclosed in a kennel case. A charge is payable at the baggage rate provided in Subsection A(3) of this section.
B. 
The licensing official shall issue a rate card to each taxicab owner, which rate card must be conspicuously posted in the interior of each taxicab.
The licensing official shall keep a complete record of all licenses issued and denied under this chapter, together with all applications, record checks, renewals, suspensions and revocations thereof.
A. 
Every person, while operating a taxi vehicle licensed pursuant to this chapter:
(1) 
Shall not refuse or neglect to convey any orderly person or persons upon request anywhere in Mount Kisco. No taxicab driver shall carry any other person than the passenger first employing a taxicab without the consent of such first passenger.
(2) 
Shall keep the interior and exterior of the same in clean and sanitary condition and shall at all times maintain the taxicab in compliance with the requirements of § 98-13 of this chapter.
(3) 
Shall examine the interior of the vehicle after the termination of each trip for any articles left or lost in the vehicle and immediately take any such property to the desk officer at the Police Department in compliance with Article 7-B of the Personal Property Law.
(4) 
Shall not smoke at any time. Taxis are to be smoke-free, subject to a fine of $50 for each violation.
(5) 
Shall at all times, while on duty, have displayed in the interior of the vehicle which he is operating his taxicab driver's license displayed in a place visible to any passenger in such taxicab, usually on the passenger visor.
(6) 
Shall be required to be neat in dress and appearance at all times when on duty and, in the event a driver's appearance changes substantially, provide the licensing official with a new photograph and shall accompany such photograph with an application fee of $50 for a replacement license.
(7) 
Shall report to the police any unlawful act connected with his vehicle or any attempt to use his vehicle to commit a crime or escape from the scene of a crime.
(8) 
Shall not permit any passenger in the taxicab except a paying fare during such time as the taxi is being used for business purposes, except for not more than one driver trainee.
(9) 
Shall not operate a taxicab when there is snow or ice on the pavement unless there are snow tires on the drive wheels.
(10) 
Shall state his/her name and employer while on duty to any passenger or police officer on request.
(11) 
Shall not cruise within Mount Kisco seeking passengers nor make any personal solicitation on any street or other public place for passengers to ride or hire any particular taxicab. Taxis shall not stand on any public street or place other than at or upon a taxicab stand designated by the Village.
B. 
No vehicle licensed as a taxicab shall be used for the carrying of any goods or merchandise of any nature whatsoever while carrying a fare unless such goods or merchandise is owned by the fare riding with same.
C. 
No vehicle may be licensed as a taxicab in the Village of Mount Kisco unless same is of the type known commonly as a "four-door sedan" or is a station wagon or suburban vehicle with at least four doors. Under no circumstances shall any vehicle be licensed as a taxicab which has only two doors for the use of occupants, including the driver.
D. 
No vehicle shall display commercial advertising, except for a rooftop sign.
It shall be the duty of all police officers of the Village of Mount Kisco to enforce the provisions of this chapter.
[Amended 11-19-2007 by L.L. No. 4-2007]
A. 
The taxi company name and "Mount Kisco, New York," as well as the company telephone number and the official license number of the taxicab license must be printed on the left side, right side and rear of the vehicle. Magnetic signs or lettering will not satisfy the requirements of this § 98-20.
B. 
The logo and identification must contain professional-quality lettering not less than three inches in height and three inches in width, with a quarter-inch paint stroke in a color contrasting to the door color, to be readable during operation when the taxi is likely to be used,
A. 
Any person not having been duly licensed as a taxicab driver, or any person whose license has been suspended and who, during the term of suspension, drives for hire a taxicab upon the Mount Kisco streets, shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine of not less than $500 and of not more than $1,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
B. 
Any licensee or owner of a taxicab not licensed, inspected or equipped in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, or of a taxicab the license of which has been suspended or revoked, who engages in the business of a taxicab as defined herein or attempts to engage in such business or solicits passengers for hire, or any licensee or owner of a taxicab who permits a taxicab driver not licensed under this chapter to drive a taxicab, shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine of not less than $500 and of not more than $1,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
C. 
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 $250 and of not more than $500 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
D. 
Any taxicab driver who operates a vehicle as a taxi for which no valid taxicab license is in effect shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine of not less than $500 and of not more than $1,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
E. 
Each and every day that a violation of this chapter continues shall constitute a separate and distinct violation of this chapter.
F. 
Suspension and revocation of license. In addition to the fine or imprisonment, or both, authorized by this chapter, any licensee (whether a taxicab driver's license or a taxicab license) shall be subject to the suspension or revocation of his license upon conviction for any violation of this chapter. Where it is deemed appropriate to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of the general public, a Town Justice may suspend or revoke a license granted under any provision of this chapter, pending or in advance of criminal prosecution of the licensee.
In the event any provision of this chapter shall be ruled invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, the provision shall be stricken and the remainder of this chapter shall remain in full force and effect as if said provision was not included herein.