[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the City of Woodbury 10-19-1976 by Ord. No. 1294-76 as of Ch. 148 of the 1976 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 190.
Unless otherwise expressly stated or the context clearly indicates a different intention, the following terms shall, for the purpose of this chapter, have the meanings indicated in this section:
- Any automobile, taxicab or other vehicle propelled by motor power, engaged in the business of the transportation of passengers for hire or pay within the City.
The licensing, regulating and inspecting of taxicabs, the examining of applicants for licenses who own and operate such taxicabs, the licensing of drivers as provided in this chapter and the enforcement of the provisions of this chapter shall be under the control of the Mayor and City Council.
[Amended 11-28-2005 by Ord. No. 2015-05]
No taxicab shall be licensed until the owner shall have filed with the City Clerk/Administrator an insurance policy of a company duly licensed to transact business under the insurance laws of the State of New Jersey conditioned for the payment of such sums as provided in N.J.S.A. 48:16-3.
No licensed taxicab while awaiting employment by passengers shall stand on any public street or place other than at or upon the designated public taxicab stand, nor shall any driver seek employment by repeatedly and persistently driving to-and-fro in a short space before or by otherwise interfering with the proper and ordinary access to or egress from any railroad station, theater, hotel, restaurant or any other public place; but employment may be solicited by driving through any public street or place without stops other than those due to obstructions or traffic and at a rate of speed that will not interfere with or impede traffic.
No taxicab owner or operator shall cruise on the streets of the City with any taxicab at any time for the purpose of soliciting passengers.
No taxicab shall be permitted to park in the City except in those spaces in the City designated by the City Council and marked "Taxi Stand" or at such other places off the public streets as may be approved by resolution of the City Council.
The rate of fare to be charged within the City limits and surrounding limits shall be posted so that it is conspicuously seen by any passenger in any part of the taxicab.
There shall be affixed in every taxicab in such manner that it can be conveniently read by any person in such taxicab, a card at least three inches in height by at least five inches in length, containing the name of the owner, the license number of the vehicle and the year of issue, and also a photograph of the licensed driver with his or her license number.
Every driver of a taxicab shall have the right to demand payment of legal fare in advance and may refuse employment unless so prepaid, but no driver of such vehicle shall otherwise refuse or neglect to convey any orderly person upon request anywhere in the City unless previously engaged or unable to do so. No driver of any such taxicab shall carry any other person than the first passenger employing him or her without the consent of such passenger.
Side curtains or shades shall not be permitted on any taxicab.
[Amended 11-28-2005 by Ord. No. 2015-05]
Any person, firm or corporation violating any section of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to one or more of the following: a fine not exceeding $1,000; imprisonment in the county jail for a term not exceeding 90 days; or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days.
No person shall hire out, keep or use for hire or pay, or cause to be kept or used for hire or pay, any taxicab without first having obtained a license for that purpose from the City Clerk/Administrator for each and every taxicab. Such license shall be known as a "taxicab license" and shall be identified by a suitable number and issued for a particular taxicab. The number of such licenses outstanding shall not exceed twenty at any time.
All applications for taxicab licenses shall be in writing, in duplicate, and shall contain the full name and address of the owner, the serial number, type, color, age and make of the taxicab, the number of persons it is to carry and the names and addresses of two responsible property owners of the City as references. Any and every change of address of the owner shall be reported in writing to the City Clerk/Administrator within three days after such change.
All applications shall be filed with the City Clerk/Administrator, who shall submit them to the City Council at the next succeeding meeting for action, and any or all applications may be granted or refused by the majority vote of the members of the body present at such meeting.
Every person obtaining a taxicab license must be at least 21 years of age and a citizen of the United States. If a corporation, such corporation must be organized and existing under the laws of the state and shall maintain an office in the City. Each licensee shall maintain an office which shall include a telephone at which the licensee or an employee thereof may be called at any hour of the day or night for taxicab service and an available taxicab for service to the public at all times during the day or night, every day of the week.
[Amended 10-19-1976 by Ord. No. 1294-76]
No license shall be issued until the taxicab has been thoroughly inspected and found to be in a safe condition for the transportation of passengers, of good appearance and well painted. There must be submitted with the application a certified check for the annual fee for such license and a certificate from the Police Department of the City that the taxicab is in a clean and sanitary condition. The City Council is hereby authorized to establish reasonable rules and regulations for the inspection of public vehicles, and for their construction and condition of fitness, and may revoke or suspend the license of any vehicle found to be unfitted or unsuited for public patronage.
No taxicab licensed under this chapter shall be maintained or operated on the streets of the City except by a driver licensed by the City and known as a "licensed taxicab driver." The City Clerk/Administrator is authorized and empowered by this section to issue licenses to such persons as shall apply, provided that the applicant meets the requirements set forth in § 180-16. Any and every change of address of the driver shall be reported in writing to the City Clerk/Administrator within 12 hours after such change.
The driver of every such taxicab shall at all times when the same is in public carry a license bearing the inscription "The City of Woodbury, License Number ......" (inserting the driver's license number), which license shall be furnished and issued by the City Clerk/Administrator upon payment of the driver's license fee, and the driver shall not lend his or her license to another.
Every applicant for a driver's license shall, in addition to the requirements herein provided and of any law of this state, prove to the satisfaction of the City Clerk/Administrator that:
He or she is over the age of 21 years.
He or she is in good health, with good eyesight and not addicted to the use of intoxicating liquors.
He or she is able to read and write the English language.
He or she is of good character and has not been convicted of an indictable offense or of reckless driving, and he or she has knowledge of the State Motor Vehicle Department's traffic regulations and of the ordinances and geography of the City.
The applicant must furnish with the application for such driver's license a recent photograph of himself or herself, three inches in length and four inches in height, in duplicate, one to be filed with the application and the other to fit in a case to be always displayed to the riders in the taxicab, and also furnish the names and addresses of two responsible property owners of Woodbury as references. Such applicant for a driver's license under this chapter shall be fingerprinted by the Police Department.
Every driver's license so issued shall be revoked upon conviction of two violations of the state motor vehicle statutes.
All licenses to be issued under the provisions of this chapter shall be issued in the name of the City and under the hand of the Clerk/Administrator, and all such licenses shall expire January 1 next succeeding the date thereof, unless sooner suspended or revoked.
Any license issued under the provisions of this chapter may be revoked or suspended at any time for cause, upon the recommendation of the Mayor or City Council.
The fees for the issuance of the licenses referred to in this chapter shall be as follows:
The fees fixed by this section for the issuance of such licenses are imposed for revenue.