[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Tuckerton12-4-1967 by Ord. No. 6-1967. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Any automobile or motorcar engaged in the business of carrying persons for hire upon the streets of this Borough to any place within or without the Borough whether hired or engaged from a garage or from any taxi stand or other place in the Borough.
Any person who desires to operate a taxicab along any street in this municipality shall obtain the consent of the Borough Council prior to operating any vehicle upon the streets in this municipality.
Prior to the Borough Council giving its consent, the owner shall file with the Clerk of the municipality an insurance policy from a corporation duly licensed to transact business under the insurance law of this state conditioned for the payment of a sum of not less than $500,000 to satisfy all claims for damages by reason of bodily injury or death of any one person; a sum of not less than $1,000,000 to satisfy all claims for damages by reason of bodily injury or death of all persons on account of any such accident arising out of or by reason of the ownership, operation, maintenance and use of such taxicab; a sum of not less than $50,000 to satisfy any claim for property damages to any one person; and a sum not less than $100,000 to satisfy all claims for damages to property of all persons on account of any such accident by reason of the ownership, operation, maintenance or use of such taxicab upon any public street.
The owner of the taxicab shall execute and deliver to the Clerk of this municipality a power of attorney appointing the corporate fiscal officer of this municipality as true and lawful attorney for the purpose of acknowledging service of any process out of a court of competent jurisdiction to be served against the insured by virtue of the indemnity granted under the insurance policy required by Subsection B.
Upon the said completion of the foregoing requirements, the Clerk of the municipality shall issue a certificate, in duplicate, showing that the owner of the taxicab has complied with the terms and provisions of the sections hereinbefore set forth.
From and after the effective date of this chapter, no person shall operate any taxicab within this Borough unless both the taxicab and the driver thereof are licensed pursuant to this chapter and conform to all the provisions hereof, provided that such taxicab licenses as are now issued and outstanding shall remain effective until their respective expiration dates and the taxicabs thereby licensed shall be deemed to be licensed pursuant to the terms of this chapter, until such licenses are surrendered, suspended or revoked or have expired; provided, however, that in all other particulars said taxicabs and their owners shall be subject to all the provisions hereof.
Owners' licenses. The Borough Council is hereby authorized to issue licenses to owners of taxicabs who are of good moral character and who otherwise qualify according to the provisions of this chapter. Such license shall hereinafter be referred to as the "owner's license." The maximum number of owners' licenses to be issued shall be three.
Operators' licenses. The Borough Council is hereby authorized to issue licenses to operators of taxicabs, whether or not they are owners, who are capable and of good moral character, and who otherwise qualify according to the provisions of this chapter. Such license shall hereafter be referred to as the "operator's license."
Neither owners' nor operators' licenses shall be granted to any person unless the application for such license has been submitted to the Borough Council. Such applicant shall be thoroughly investigated by the Chief of Police, and the said applicant fingerprinted and photographed. A complete report of said investigation shall be submitted to the Borough Council.
Owners' and operators' licenses shall be numbered consecutively in their own respective classifications and shall expire on December 31 of the year of issuance. Licenses not suspended or revoked may be renewed annually, subject to all of the same conditions, provisions and charges as required for the original license. Every license shall contain the following:
The Borough Clerk shall keep a register of all licenses granted, which register shall contain the details required by this section.
License fees in the following amounts shall be paid to the Clerk, who shall deliver the same over to the Treasurer:
No owner's license shall be issued, unless the taxicab shall be in such a condition, mechanical and otherwise, as to render it fit, safe and appropriate for the comfortable and decent transportation of passengers.
The Chief of Police shall cause an inspection be made of the taxicab prior to the issuance of the license to determine whether it conforms with the requirements set forth in this section and he shall report his findings to the Borough Council.
Every operator, whether owner or otherwise, shall be supplied a badge containing the number of the license, which he shall wear in a conspicuous place upon his person while operating such taxicab.
Every owner, in addition, shall display the owner's license in a conspicuous place in the taxicab licensed.
No owner or operator of any taxicab, while waiting for employment at any place other than the garage or residence of the owner thereof, shall refuse conveyance to any person without just cause.
The Borough Council shall, by resolution, designate public stands for taxicabs licensed under this chapter. The Chief of Police, or such other police officer as may be designated for that purpose, shall regulate and preserve order at the public stands. Any owner or operator who shall fail, neglect or refuse to obey the directions of such police officer shall be guilty of a violation of this chapter.
The maximum fare chargeable for each passenger shall be $0.75 per mile.
No taxicab shall hereafter be operated in this Borough unless and until there is prominently displayed in the interior thereof, within the full view and access of any passengers therein, a complete list of fares, charges or tariff rates charged for transportation of passengers, which fares, charges or tariff rates so displayed, and no other, shall be those charged any passenger so transported.
Each passenger shall be entitled to have carried and conveyed upon any licensed taxicab, without charge, his ordinary traveling baggage, not exceeding in any case 50 pounds of baggage.
Every owner's or operator's license granted hereunder may be suspended or revoked by the Borough Council, after notice and hearing, for the violation of any of the provisions of this chapter or for other good and sufficient cause. During said suspension and after revocation, the license shall be inoperative and of no effect and shall be surrendered to the Borough forthwith, along with the badge supplied pursuant to § 237-9.
Any person violating or failing to comply with any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punishable by a fine of not more than $500 or by imprisonment for a term not to exceed 90 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment, in the discretion of the Judge. The continuation of such violation for each successive day shall constitute a separate offense, and the person or persons allowing or permitting the continuation of the violation may be punished as provided above for each separate offense.