[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Cortland 8-5-1969 as Ch. 16 of the 1969 Code of Ordinances. Amendments noted where applicable.]
When used in this chapter the following words and terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- A person to whom a taxicab business license has been issued.
- Any motor vehicle regularly engaged in the business of carrying passengers for hire within the City, except buses which are operating under authorization from the Public Service Commission of the state.
- TAXICAB BUSINESS LICENSE
- The permission granted by the chief of police to a person to conduct a taxicab business in the City.
- TAXICAB DRIVER
- Any person who drives a taxicab.
- TAXICAB DRIVER'S LICENSE
- The permission granted by the Chief of Police to a person to drive a taxicab upon the streets of the City.
No person shall operate a taxicab or permit a taxicab owned or controlled by him to be operated as a vehicle for hire upon the streets of the City without having first obtained a taxicab business license from the Chief of Police.
An application for a taxicab business license shall be filed with the Chief of Police upon forms provided by the Chief of Police; said application shall be verified under oath and shall furnish the following information:
The name and address of the applicant.
Such information as to the financial status of the applicant as shall be required by the Chief of Police, including the amounts of all unpaid judgments against the applicant and the nature of the transactions or acts giving rise to said judgments.
The experience of the applicant in the transportation of passengers.
The number of vehicles to be operated or controlled by the applicant and the location of proposed depots and terminals.
Such further information as the Chief of Police may require.
If the Chief of Police finds that the applicant for a taxicab business license is fit, willing and able to conform to the provisions of this chapter and such reasonable rules for the conduct of taxicab businesses as the Chief of Police may promulgate, then he shall issue a taxicab business license stating the name and address of the applicant, the number of vehicles authorized under said license and the date of issuance; otherwise the application shall be denied.
No taxicab business license shall be issued or continued in operation unless the holder thereof has paid an annual license fee of $150 and an annual license fee of $20 for each vehicle operated by the licensee under such license. Said license fees shall be for one year, which shall be due and payable on March 1 of each year. Said license fees shall be prorated from the date of issuance to the start of each year on a monthly basis beginning with the month in which the license is issued or any other fractional part thereof, and shall be in addition to any other license fees or charges established by proper authority and applicable to the holder of the vehicle or vehicles under his operation and control.
No taxicab business license may be sold, assigned, mortgaged or otherwise transferred without the consent of the Chief of Police.
A taxicab business license issued under the provisions of this chapter may be revoked or suspended by the Chief of Police if the holder thereof has:
Violated any of the provisions of this chapter; or
Discontinued operations for more than 90 days; or
Has violated any ordinances of the City, or the laws of the United States or the State of New York, the violations of which reflect unfavorably on the fitness of the holder to offer public transportation.
Prior to suspension or revocation, the holder shall be given notice of the proposed action to be taken and shall have an opportunity to be heard.
No person shall operate a taxicab for hire upon the streets of the City, and no person who owns or controls a taxicab shall permit it to be so driven, and no taxicab licensed by the Chief of Police shall be so driven at any time for hire, unless the driver of said taxicab shall have first obtained and shall have then in force a taxicab driver's license issued under the provisions of this chapter. All persons to whom a taxicab driver's license has been issued shall, before operating a taxicab within the City of Cortland, notify the Chief of Police of the City of Cortland Police Department of the name and address of the taxicab business licensee for which the taxicab driver is operating a taxicab. Any change in the name or address of the taxicab business licensee for which the taxicab is being operated shall be reported to the Chief of Police within five days thereof.
An application for a taxicab driver's license hereunder shall be filed with the Chief of Police on forms provided by the Chief of Police; such application shall be verified under oath and shall contain the following information:
The names and addresses of three residents of the City who know the applicant and who will vouch for the sobriety, honesty and general good character of the applicant.
The experience, if any, of the applicant in the transportation of passengers.
A concise history of his employment for the period of two years prior to the date of the application.
The date of birth of the applicant, and a statement that the applicant is over the age of 21 years.
Any other information required by the Chief of Police.
Each application for a taxicab driver's license shall be accompanied by a certificate from a reputable physician of the City certifying that, in his opinion, the applicant is not inflicted with any disease or infirmity which might make him an unsafe or unsatisfactory driver; and by three unmounted, unretouched photographs of the applicant taken within 30 days preceding the filing of the application. The City of Cortland Police Department may, upon the request of an applicant, take photographs of the applicant for such license upon the payment of a fee of $10.
Each applicant for a taxicab driver's license under the provisions of this chapter shall possess a valid New York State chauffeur's license.
The Police Department of the City shall examine each applicant for a taxicab driver's license as to his knowledge of state and local traffic laws and ordinances. Such applicant shall also demonstrate that he is familiar with the geography of the City. The Police Department shall also investigate each applicant to determine his traffic and police record if any. The Police Department shall then report on his findings from all such examinations and investigations to the Chief of Police.
[Amended 4-6-1971 by Ord. No. 1971-11]
Upon consideration of an application for a taxicab driver's license, the certificate attached thereto, and the report of the Police Department as to its examination and investigation of the applicant, the Chief of Police shall approve or reject the application; however, in no event may the Chief of Police grant a license if it appears that the applicant is under 21 years of age.
If the application is rejected, the applicant may request a personal appearance before the Chief of Police to offer evidence why his application should be reconsidered. If the application is approved, upon the payment of a fee of $10 the Chief of Police shall issue to the applicant a license in writing which shall bear the name, address, signature and photograph of the applicant, and the signature of the Chief of Police.
[Amended 4-6-1971 by Ord. No. 1971-11; 12-4-2001]
A taxicab driver's license shall be in effect for the remainder of the calendar year in which it is issued. Such license may be renewed for each calendar year upon payment of a license fee of $10, provided such license was not revoked during the preceding year.
Every taxicab driver licensed under this chapter shall post his taxicab driver's license in such place as to be in full view of all passengers while such driver is operating a taxicab. Such license shall be kept clean and shall be in no way defaced.
The Chief of Police is hereby given the authority to revoke any taxicab driver's license issued under this chapter or to suspend such license for a driver's failing or refusing to comply with the provisions of this chapter; any such suspension to last for a period of not more than 60 days. The Chief of Police is also given authority to revoke any taxicab driver's license or to suspend such license for said period for failure to comply with any City, state or federal laws, ordinances, rules or regulations. A taxicab driver's license may not be revoked unless the driver has received notice and has had an opportunity to present evidence in his behalf.
Every licensee for the operation of a taxicab business shall file with the Chief of Police before operating or permitting to be operated a taxicab in the City a statement in writing showing the serial number and engine number of each vehicle to be so operated.
Every vehicle operating under the provisions of this chapter, and all the equipment therein, shall be kept and maintained in a clean, safe and sanitary condition.
It shall be the responsibility of the taxicab business licensee, or any person under whose license such vehicle is being operated, to inspect or cause to be inspected on a daily basis each taxicab operated by him. The taxicab business owner or person or dispatcher under whose license or name said vehicle is being operated shall correct any defective condition, repair any broken item(s) and clean such vehicle so as to maintain such vehicle in a safe and sanitary condition at all times.
Taxicab drivers shall maintain a neat and clean appearance at all times.
Every taxicab business licensee shall make regular and periodic inspections of any taxicab owned or operated by him or her at the request of the City of Cortland Police Department.
The City of Cortland Police Department shall conduct regular and periodic inspections of all taxicabs licensed to operate in the City of Cortland. No vehicle shall be licensed as a taxicab until it has been inspected by the City of Cortland Police Department and found by it to be in safe and sanitary condition for the transportation of passengers. The owner or operator of any taxicab that is operated within the City of Cortland without first having been inspected and approved shall be in violation of this chapter and subject to the penalties prescribed therein.
The City of Cortland Police Department may photograph any vehicle or any part thereof during such inspection.
[Amended 3-17-1970 by Ord. No. 1970-9; 12-19-1973 by Ord. No. 1973-11; 12-17-1974 by Ord. No. 1974-9; 12-20-1977 by Ord. No. 1-1978; 6-19-1979 by 1979-3; 8-21-1979 by Ord. No. 1979-5; 8-11-1987; 12-4-1990]
No owner or driver of a taxicab shall charge a sum for the use of a taxicab which exceeds the following rates:
Basic rate: $4.
[Amended 2-3-2004 by Res. No. 19-2004]
Senior citizens' rate: $3.25.
[Amended 2-3-2004 by Res. No. 19-2004]
Waiting time: $0.25 per minute.
Additional passengers: $0.50 for the first person and $0.25 for every passenger over the first additional.
Delivery charges: $1 in addition to the basic rate.
Senior citizen is defined as anyone 60 years of age or older.
All taxicabs licensed in the City of Cortland shall be required to post these rates in their taxicabs in a manner that is visible to passengers.
Taxicabs may be rented on an hourly basis but, if rented on such basis, shall be rented on a basis of $0.12 per minute with a maximum charge of $7 per hour, and the rate shall be agreed upon by the driver and passenger or passengers before the use begins.
For every trip for five persons carried between the taxi stand at Jenman Field and the taxi stand in front of the Administration Building at State University College at Cortland, New York, $0.20 per person; in the event that a taxi carries fewer than five persons, the rate set forth in § 258-20A above shall prevail.
Every taxicab business licensee and operator of a taxicab shall keep a permanent written record or log of all trips or deliveries made by its vehicles on a form to be prescribed by the City of Cortland Police Department. Entries on such record or log shall be made simultaneously upon the completion of each trip or delivery. The written record or log shall be maintained by the owner or operator and shall be made available to the City of Cortland Police Department upon the demand of any officer thereof.
[Added 12-4-2001 ]
At no time shall the owner or operator of a taxicab permit occupation of the taxicab by more passengers than the vehicle's maximum seating capacity as determined by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles of the State of New York or the manufacturer of such vehicle.
[Added 12-4-2001 ]
Editor's Note: This amendment is effective 3-1-2002.
Every owner and driver operating a taxicab under the provisions of this chapter shall have a rate card setting forth the schedule of rates authorized by this chapter conspicuously displayed in full view of all passengers inside said taxicab. Said rate card shall also contain the names of the owner and driver of said taxicab.
Every taxicab vehicle operated in the City of Cortland shall be clearly marked on each side with the business name and its telephone number. Such markings shall be affixed to the outside of the vehicle so the name and telephone number may be clearly identified by the public while the vehicle is being operated.
No taxicab business licensee or taxicab driver shall use or permit the use of electronic scanning devices if such scanning device has programmed into it or has the capacity to have programmed into it a frequency or frequencies utilized by the City of Cortland Police Department.
No taxicab business licensee or taxicab driver shall use or permit to be used a radio frequency or frequencies utilized by another taxicab business. Nor shall a taxicab business licensee or taxicab driver program or permit to be programmed into any radio utilized by the taxicab business licensee or taxicab driver a frequency of another taxicab business operating in the City of Cortland without first obtaining written permission from the owner and user of such radio frequency and the approval of the City of Cortland Chief of Police or his or her designee.
Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be guilty of a violation of this Code of Ordinances, punishable as provided in § 1-22 of this Code and, in addition thereto, shall be subject to having his license suspended or revoked as herein provided.