[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Patchogue as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 3-28-1960 by Ord. No. 4.8 of the Unified Code of Ordinances of 1960 (Ch. 89 of the 1968 Code)]
[Amended 7-11-2011 by L.L. No. 12-2011]
No person shall operate a public conveyance, cab, hack, bus, pedicab or other vehicle for public transportation of persons or property within the Village of Patchogue without a license.
Application for such a license shall be made pursuant to Chapter 255 of this Code.
[Amended 3-14-1966; 2-23-1981 by L.L. No. 6-1981; 12-11-1989 by L.L. No. 23-1989; 4-24-1995 by L.L. No. 8-1995; 3-9-2009 by L.L. No. 7-2009; 7-11-2011 by L.L. No. 12-2011]
The fee for the operator of a public conveyance, cab, hack, bus, pedicab or other public vehicle for the transportation of persons or property shall be as set from time to time by resolution of the Board of Trustees per year for each vehicle operated. The fee for each operator of public conveyances licensed for the carrying of passengers seating more than 16 persons shall be as set from time to time by resolution of the Board of Trustees per year for each vehicle operated.
[Amended 4-23-1973; 11-14-1977 by L.L. No. 22-1977]
No vehicle for the transportation of passengers shall ply for hire upon the streets of the Village unless there shall be affixed thereto, in such manner as to be readily discernible both day and night, the license number of said vehicle as assigned by the Board of Trustees. In addition, no such vehicle shall ply for hire upon the streets of the Village unless there shall appear, on one door on each side of the vehicle, a sign in durable condition containing the name of the licensee. Such signs shall be in block letters no less than two inches in height, the lines of which shall be no less than 3/8 inch in width. Such signs shall be of such colors as to make them readily legible to persons with ordinary eyesight at a distance of 50 feet during daylight hours.
Any vehicle licensed pursuant to the provisions of this article shall be at all times subject to inspection by the Board of Trustees or by its duly appointed and properly accredited representative, and no vehicle shall be so licensed or be permitted to retain a license previously granted unless such vehicle shall, in the judgment of the Board of Trustees, be suitable and safe for the purpose for which it is used.
[Added 11-14-1977 by L.L. No. 28-1977; amended 10-26-1992 by L.L. No. 16-1992; 7-11-2011 by L.L. No. 12-2011]
No license shall be issued to any person who shall require same pursuant to § 390-1 hereof unless the owner and/or operator of the vehicle concerned shall maintain, within the Village of Patchogue, an office for the regular conduct of the business for which such vehicle is to be used. The office must contain adequate bathroom facilities that are available to licensed operators while on duty. This subsection is not applicable to those businesses operated solely for the purpose of transporting persons or property by pedicab.
[Amended 6-10-2013 by L.L. No. 9-2013]
Any vehicle operated for hire shall be dispatched from the office located in the Village of Patchogue. The office shall remain open, including dispatching services, during the hours in which vehicles are operated for hire in the Village of Patchogue. Any advertisements shall reflect the true hours of operation of the public transportation business. The failure to conduct said business in keeping with the requirements of this article shall result in the revocation of the license to operate within the Village of Patchogue. This subsection is not applicable to those businesses operated solely for the purpose of transporting persons or property by pedicab.
No license shall be issued to any person unless the owner and/or operator of the vehicle concerned carries a policy providing liability coverage for injury or death of any person or persons, and damage to or destruction of any property in a combined single limit amount set forth in a resolution by the Village Board of Trustees, where liability for such injury or death of a person or persons, or damage to or destruction of property arises out of the operation of the vehicle.
Such policy of liability insurance shall name the Village of Patchogue as an insured party.
The owner and/or operator of the vehicle concerned shall notify the Village Clerk of any modification, amendment, cancellation or substitution of any insurance policy required under Subsection C of this section within 14 days of the date of the notice to the owner and/or operator of such modification, amendment, cancellation or substitution.
[Added 1-25-1982 by L.L. No. 4-1982; amended 8-8-1994 by L.L. No. 11-1994; 1-23-1995 by L.L. No. 2-1995]
In addition to those grounds for revocation of a license contained in § 255-9 of the Code of the Village of Patchogue or in any other applicable law, any license issued for a taxicab pursuant to the provisions of this article shall be subject to revocation if the licensee of said vehicle shall permit, suffer or cause the operation of any taxicab under his ownership, custody or control by any person who shall not bear, at the time of such operation, a currently valid taxicab driver's license pursuant to Article II of this chapter.
Notwithstanding the provisions of Subsection A herein, in the event that the licensee of said vehicle shall permit, suffer or cause the operation of any taxicab under his ownership, custody or control by any person who shall not bear, at the time of such operation, a currently valid taxicab driver's license pursuant to Article II of this chapter, then said licensee shall be subject to the penalty provisions of § 1-1 of the Village Code.
No person shall at any time use or park in any taxicab stand or parking stall marked "Reserved for Taxicabs" in the municipal parking field at the Patchogue Railroad Station, except for the purpose of parking a vehicle which is validly licensed pursuant to § 390-1 hereof and a valid permit for the use of said stand or parking stall has been issued and is in effect for said vehicle pursuant to the provisions hereof.
Upon the application of the owner of any vehicle licensed pursuant to § 390-1 hereof, the Village Clerk shall issue to said person a permit for not more than two taxicabs between the months of January and December.
[Amended 6-10-1985 by L.L. No. 11-1985; 12-11-1989 by L.L. No. 22-1989]
Said permit shall be valid for the period from January 1 to December 31 of each year.
The fee for said permit shall be as set from time to time by resolution of the Board of Trustees per month for each reserved stall and shall be paid annually at the time said permit is issued. Permits in effect for less than a calendar year shall not be prorated.
[Amended 3-9-2009 by L.L. No. 7-2009]
The Board of Trustees may cancel any permit in the event of the violation of this section by the holder of any such permit.
No passengers shall be picked up by any vehicle referred to in this section in the railroad station parking field unless said vehicle is then parked in the stall assigned to the owner thereof.
Each stall shall be numbered and assigned to the permit holder by stall number.
No person shall pick up any passengers in the railroad station parking field except permit holders pursuant to this section.
Both the owner and the driver or operator of any vehicle parked or operated in violation of this section shall be deemed in violation hereof and shall, for each and every violation, be subject to the penalties provided in § 1-1 of the Code of the Village of Patchogue.
[Amended 8-8-1994 by L.L. No. 11-1994; 3-9-2009 by L.L. No. 7-2009]
[Adopted 6-10-1963 by Ord. No. 4.10 of the Unified Code of Ordinances of 1960 (Ch. 81 of the 1968 Code)]
[Amended 2-8-1982 by L.L. No. 5-1982; 11-13-1990 by L.L. No. 9-1990; 6-10-1996 by L.L. No. 9-1996]
No company, corporation or other entity shall permit an unlicensed taxi driver in its employ or operating one of its vehicles as an independent contractor, or otherwise, to pick up or solicit fares within the Village of Patchogue.
No dispatcher or other person in authority to order or direct drivers shall direct a taxi driver to pick up or solicit fares within the Village of Patchogue, unless such driver has a valid license issued by the Village of Patchogue.
No person shall pick up or solicit fares or otherwise operate a taxicab for business within the Village of Patchogue as a taxi driver unless duly licensed as a taxicab driver by the Village.
Each applicant for a taxicab driver's license must comply with the following to the satisfaction of the Board of Trustees:
Produce and exhibit a state chauffeur's license.
Proof that he is of the age of 21 years or over.
Furnish a certificate from a duly licensed doctor of medicine, dated within 30 days of application, to the effect that applicant is of sound physique, with good eyesight and not subject to epilepsy, vertigo, heart trouble or any other infirmity of body or mind which might render him unfit for the safe operation of a public vehicle.
Proof of ability to read and write the English language.
Be clean in dress and person and not addicted to the use of intoxicating liquor or drugs.
Produce affidavits of good character from two reputable citizens who have known him personally for at least one year next preceding the date of his application.
Fill out upon a prescribed form, to be provided by the Village Clerk, a statement giving his full name, residence, places of residences for five years previous to moving to his present address, age, height, color of eyes and hair, place of birth, length of time he has resided at present address, whether a citizen of the United States, places of previous employment, whether married or single, whether he has ever been arrested or convicted of a felony or misdemeanor, whether he has been previously licensed as a driver or chauffeur, and if so, whether his license has ever been revoked and for what cause, and the number of the chauffeur's license issued by the state, which statement shall be signed and sworn to by the applicant and filed with the Village Clerk as a permanent record. Proof of false statements of a material fact by the applicant for the driver's license shall be grounds for revocation. The Village Clerk is hereby authorized and empowered to require such additional information as he may deem necessary, and all proofs required by this subsection shall be annexed to the application and be retained by the Village Clerk.
Each applicant for a driver's license must file with his application two unmounted, unretouched photographs of himself, of a type and size as approved by the Board of Trustees, taken within 30 days preceding the filing of his application. One photograph shall be attached to the license when issued and the other shall be filed with the application.
Editor's Note: Former Subsection I, regarding fingerprinting of applicants, which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed 4-23-1973.
Each applicant for a taxicab driver's license shall authorize the Suffolk County Police Department to deliver to the Clerk of the Village of Patchogue a complete transcript of his or her driving record and of his or her record of criminal convictions. The application for said license shall specifically contain such an authorization which shall be signed by the applicant.
[Added 2-8-1982 by L.L. No. 5-1982]
Upon satisfactory fulfillment of the foregoing requirements, the Village Clerk shall issue to the applicant a license in such form as to contain a photograph and signature of the licensee and blank spaces upon which a record may be made of any arrest of or serious complaint against him. Each license shall be stamped by the Seal of the Village of Patchogue upon at least a portion of the photograph. All licenses shall be numbered in the order in which they are issued and shall contain the name, place of residence 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 shall be punished by the revocation of his license.
A driver, in applying for renewal of his license, shall make application not less than 30 days next preceding its expiration on a form to be furnished by the Village Clerk, who shall consider such application and, if found satisfactory, shall issue the driver's license for the current year upon payment of license fee.
[Amended 2-23-1981 by L.L. No. 6-1981; 12-11-1989 by L.L. No. 24-1989; 3-9-2009 by L.L. No. 7-2009]
The license fee to be paid for an annual driver's license shall be as set from time to time by resolution of the Board of Trustees for each year or fraction thereof.
A driver's license may be suspended or revoked for cause after a hearing by the Board of Trustees. When the license is suspended or revoked, the driver's license shall be returned to the Village, and such suspension, together with the reasons therefor, shall be noted on the license.
[Added 2-9-1998 by L.L. No. 1-1998; amended 12-14-1998 by L.L. No. 17-1998; 5-13-2013 by L.L. No. 6-2013]
In accordance with § 181 of the General Municipal Law of the State of New York, the number of annual taxicab vehicle licenses to be issued under this article is hereby limited to 100. Application for renewal shall be filed not less than 15 days nor more than 30 days prior to the expiration of the license.
Additional vehicle requirements.
Any applicant under this article seeking 20 or more licenses for the year 2014 must demonstrate that 5% of its vehicles are handicap accessible. Applicants seeking 20 or more licenses for the year 2015 and thereafter must demonstrate that 10% of their vehicles are handicap accessible. All fractional results shall be rounded higher so as to require an additional vehicle. For purposes of this section, a "handicap accessible" vehicle shall mean a vehicle that:
Is equipped with a lift, ramp, or any other device, arrangement or alteration, so it is capable of transporting persons with physical disabilities, including those who use wheelchairs, scooters and similar devices while they remain seated in their wheelchairs, scooters or similar devices;
Complies with the specifications set forth in regulations promulgated under the Americans with Disabilities Act and codified at 49 CFR 38.23, 38.25 and 38.31, as amended, whether or not those regulations would apply under federal law;
Is equipped with an assistive listening system for persons with hearing impairment that is connected with any intercom, video or audio system, when such a system is installed;
Complies with the standards promulgated by the New York State Commissioner of Transportation;
Is equipped with standardized signs printed in Braille and large-print text so that such signs are visible to persons with low vision;
Provides sufficient floor space to accommodate a service animal;
If it is a hybrid or electric vehicle, is equipped with an appropriate device to enable persons who are blind to hear the approach of the vehicle as readily as they can hear a conventional gasoline-powered taxicab.
Minimum fuel economy standards.
Any applicant under this chapter seeking a license for the year 2014 must demonstrate that ten percent of its vehicles meet the minimum fuel economy standards for domestically manufactured passenger automobiles as set forth by the U.S. Department of Transportation. For licenses issued for 2015, this requirement shall be 20% of an applicant's vehicles, and for licenses issued for 2016 through 2018, 30% of an applicant's vehicles. Applicants seeking a license for the year 2019 and subsequent years must demonstrate that all of their vehicles meet the minimum fuel economy standards for domestically manufactured passenger automobiles. All fractional results shall be rounded higher so as to require an additional vehicle, even where applicant is seeking a license for a single vehicle.
The minimum fuel economy standards referenced in this section may be found in Section 531.5, Table IV, of Volume 77, Number 199 of the Federal Register and are reprinted below:
[Added 3-9-2009 by L.L. No. 7-2009]
Any person who violates this article or fails to comply with any of its requirements shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to the penalties provided in § 1-1 of the Code of the Village of Patchogue.
[Added 7-11-2011 by L.L. No. 12-2011]
The provisions of Article II shall not be applicable to the operators of pedicabs.