[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of North Haledon as Ch. 160 of the 1990 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
No taxicab shall operate on the streets of the Borough without first obtaining a license. The license shall expire on the March 31 succeeding the date of issuance thereof, unless sooner suspended or revoked by the Borough Council.
[Amended 5-9-1990 by Ord. No. 5-1990]
The annual license fee to be paid for each taxicab so licensed shall be the sum as provided in Chapter 275, Fees.
Application for the licenses shall be made by the owner thereof in writing to the Borough Council. Such application shall contain the full name and address of the owner and the type of vehicle for which said license is to be issued, the number of persons it is capable of carrying and the motor power, make and model of the vehicle. The application shall be sworn to and filed with the Borough Clerk.
The Borough Clerk, upon receipt thereof, shall refer the same to the Chief of Police for investigation and report, and it shall be the duty of the Chief of Police to make a diligent investigation of the application and report thereon. Upon receipt of such report from the Chief of Police, the Borough Clerk shall present the application and report to the Borough Council, who shall have the power to grant or refuse all licenses.
If the Borough Council shall grant the license to the applicant, the Borough Clerk shall issue a license therefor on payment of the license fee. The license shall contain the name of the applicant, the official license number of the taxicab and the place of business or taxi station of the applicant and shall be affixed to a conspicuous part of the interior of each taxicab so that the same shall be open to the view of all passengers.
Every person applying for such license shall be at least 18 years of age.
No license can be transferred from person to person.
No vehicle shall be licensed as a taxicab in the Borough unless it has passed the examination of the Motor Vehicle Department of the State of New Jersey, and it shall be the duty of the owner thereof to exhibit the taxicab to the Chief of Police at least twice a year to show that the same has been passed by the Motor Vehicle Department of the State of New Jersey.
In order to ensure the safety of the public, it shall be unlawful for the owner or agent of the owner of any taxicab to operate or permit the same to be operated, nor shall any license hereunder be issued, until and unless the applicant shall have complied with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 48:16-1 to 48:16-12, inclusive, and any acts amendatory or supplemental thereto.
Licenses granted hereunder may be revoked or suspended by the Borough Council after affording the licensee a hearing for any violation of this chapter or if the vehicle so licensed shall not be kept in a clean and safe condition.
[Added 5-9-1990 by Ord. No. 5-1990]
Any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punishable as provided in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article II, General Penalty. Each day that a violation is permitted to exist shall constitute a separate offense.