Town of Mount Airy, MD
Carroll County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the Town of Mount Airy 4-6-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-01. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 105.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
DRIVER
The person in control of and operating or driving a taxicab within the limits of the Town of Mount Airy.
[Added 8-3-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-6]
OWNER
The person in whose name a taxicab is permitted or licensed by the Maryland Public Service Commission and/or is registered by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration.
[Added 8-3-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-6]
TAXICAB
A motor vehicle, marked with a top light, for hire that:
A. 
Is designed to carry seven or fewer individuals, including the driver; and
B. 
Is used to accept or solicit passengers for transportation between points along public streets, as the passengers request.
The Council of the Town of Mount Airy is hereby authorized and empowered to enact ordinances providing regulations for the operation of taxicabs in the Town and for the registration and fixing requirements for the owners and operators of the taxicabs so as to protect the safety, health and general welfare of the Town and its residents, citizens and occupants; provided, however, that such regulations are not in conflict with the laws of the state and regulations adopted by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles or the Public Service Commission.
The Council of the Town of Mount Airy shall be empowered to request the aid of the Public Service Commission of the State of Maryland in the determination of rates which may be established under this chapter. The Public Service Commission shall be empowered to extend such aid as maybe requested from time to time from the Council of the Town of Mount Airy in the determination of rates, so far as such aid is consistent with the statutory powers conferred upon such commission by the laws of the state.
The violation of any of the provisions of any ordinance enacted pursuant to this chapter shall be considered a municipal infraction and is subject to a fine not to exceed $100 for each violation. Each separate day that a violation remains uncorrected is a separate violation subject to additional fines.
[Added 8-3-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-6]
A. 
No taxicab owner or driver shall operate or permit a taxicab to be operated within the limits of the Town of Mount Airy without applying for and securing a special taxicab license for each taxicab from the Town Clerk.
B. 
The owner of a taxicab must submit an application for taxicab license to the Town Clerk to obtain a special taxicab license on a form, as amended from time to time, prepared and made available by the Town Clerk.
C. 
There shall be an administrative fee of $25, to be paid to the Town of Mount Airy with submission of the application.
D. 
The application shall at a minimum require:
(1) 
An agreement on the part of the owner to comply with all terms of the Mount Airy Town Code and with applicable federal, state and county law;
(2) 
An agreement to maintain all taxicabs in a condition that meets Maryland state requirements and as would pass a Maryland state inspection;
(3) 
Satisfactory proof that the taxicab has passed a Maryland state inspection within 15 days of application;
(4) 
An agreement to allow, upon request at any time, the Maryland Resident Troopers of Mount Airy or their designees to perform a visual inspection of all taxicabs operated by or on behalf of the owner for compliance with safety requirements established by applicable federal, state or county law for taxicabs;
(5) 
A certificate of insurance, showing the Town as certificate holder and requiring at least 20 days notice to the Town of any change to coverage, as proof of liability coverage for each taxicab in at least the minimum limits of coverage as required by applicable federal and state law;
(6) 
A copy of each driver's current and valid license to operate a taxicab in the State of Maryland; and
(7) 
Completion and signature of a hold-harmless agreement on a form, as amended from time to time, prepared and made available by the Town Clerk in which the owner agrees to indemnify, hold harmless and defend the Town of and from any and all claims for bodily injury, property damage or other claims for damages arising out of or connected in any way to the ownership, use or operation of the owner's taxicab within the limits of the Town.
E. 
It shall be the duty of the owner to promptly provide to the Town Clerk any material updates or changes to the information submitted with the application for special license pursuant this section, to include the information required under this section for any new driver; notification of any voluntary or involuntary termination of employment of any driver; liability insurance renewal, modification or termination; license renewal, suspension or revocation for any driver; any updated Maryland inspection results for the owner's taxicabs and/or the suspension or revocation of any license, permit or registration of the owner's taxicabs.
F. 
The Town Clerk shall have the right to reject an application for special license or revoke a special license for operation of a taxicab for good cause to include a failure to provide or update information required by this section and/or for failure to comply with applicable Federal, State or County law or applicable provisions of the Town Code.
[Added 8-3-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-6]
The owner shall, for each taxicab operated within Town limits, carry and maintain liability insurance covering claims for bodily injury or property damage in at least the minimum limits of coverage required under applicable federal and state law.
[Added 8-3-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-6]
Each taxicab shall display in full view from inside the taxicab each of the following:
A. 
Special taxicab license as required by § 103-5;
B. 
Rate schedule card not less than three inches in width and four inches in length on which shall be printed, in letters as large as the space will permit, a clear and understandable schedule of the rates established for the use of such taxicab; and
C. 
The driver's current and valid license to operate a taxicab in the State of Maryland.