City of Yonkers, NY
Westchester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Yonkers 12-12-1961 by G.O. No. 41-1961. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Added 12-26-1963 by G.O. No. 41-1963]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated.
SCHOOL BUS and/or OMNIBUS
A motor vehicle designed to comfortably seat and carry five or more persons, operating for hire from fixed points within the City of Yonkers to a school or schools, public and/or private, and shall also include a vehicle designed as aforesaid which, by an oral or written contract, is let and hired or otherwise engaged for transporting schoolchildren from a point within the City of Yonkers.
[Amended 11-27-1973 by L.L. No. 7-1973; 6-28-1983 by G.O. No. 12-1983; 9-15-1983 by G.O. No. 14-1983; 10-28-1986 by G.O. No. 16-1986; 5-28-1991 by G.O. No. 9-1991; 7-26-1995 by G.O. No. 9-1995]
A school bus and/or omnibus shall operate within the City of Yonkers only if the owners shall first register and obtain a license therefor from the Police Commissioner.
A. 
Such license shall be issued after the first day of January and shall expire on the 31st day of December of each year, unless sooner suspended or revoked.
B. 
The license fee for each bus and/or omnibus shall be the sum of $85 for each and every year, and the application for such license shall be filed with the Police Commissioner upon forms which shall be provided by the Police Department.
[Amended 12-14-2010 by G.O. No. 6-2010]
C. 
No license shall be issued for a school bus until the same has been inspected and an inspection sticker affixed to the lower right-hand windshield.
D. 
All owners of said school buses and/or omnibuses are required to post their routes, carrying capacity and schools served at a reasonable time prior to the start of the school year. Such posting shall be filed with the Police Commissioner and conspicuously displayed in each and every school bus and/or omnibus operated and used for the transportation of school children within the City of Yonkers.
[Added 10-28-1986 by G.O. No. 16-1986]
School buses shall be inspected annually pursuant to § 112-16 of this chapter. Said inspections shall be performed by the Police Commissioner or his duly authorized designee.
[Added 12-26-1963 by G.O. No. 41-1963]
No person shall drive any school bus and/or omnibus and no owner, bailee or possessor shall suffer or permit anyone to drive any school bus within the limits of the City of Yonkers without such person having first obtained and paid for and kept in full force and effect a school bus driver's license under the provisions of this chapter. Driver's licenses shall be issued as of the first day of March in each and every year and shall expire on the last day of February of the following year, unless sooner suspended or revoked.
[Added 12-26-1963 by G.O. No. 41-1963; amended 6-28-1983 by G.O. No. 12-1983; 5-28-1991 by G.O. No. 9-1991; 7-26-1995 by G.O. No. 9-1995]
Every driver of a school bus and/or omnibus, as provided in § 112-2 of this chapter, shall, prior to receiving a license, pay to the Comptroller of the City of Yonkers the sum of $50 therefor.
[Added 12-26-1963 by G.O. No. 41-1963; amended 1-28-1964 by G.O. No. 4-1964; 11-27-1973 by L.L. No. 7-1973]
A. 
Application for a school bus and/or omnibus driver's license must be filed with the Police Commissioner on forms provided by the Police Department, and the applicant must comply with the following:
(1) 
Must first have obtained a New York State Class II or New York State Class IV chauffeur's license. No person shall be permitted to drive a school bus and/or omnibus within the City of Yonkers who has been:
[Amended 10-28-1986 by G.O. No. 16-1986]
(a) 
Convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude or of physical violence upon another; or
(b) 
Convicted or adjudged a narcotic addict or convicted of a crime of possession of narcotics or driving while intoxicated or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
(2) 
Must be of the age of 21 years or over.
(3) 
Must be 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. The applicant must furnish a certificate from a reputable physician of this City certifying whether, in his opinion, the applicant is afflicted with any disease or infirmity which might make him an unsafe or unsatisfactory driver of a public vehicle.
(4) 
Must be a citizen of the United States.
(5) 
Must be able to read and write understandingly the printed English language.
(6) 
Must be clean in dress and person and not addicted to the use of intoxicating liquor or drugs.
(7) 
Must produce, on forms to be provided by the Police Commissioner, affidavits of good character from two reputable citizens of the City of Yonkers who have known him personally and have observed his conduct for at least one year next preceding the date of his application, and further testimonial on a form provided for that purpose from his employer, unless, in the opinion of the Police Commissioner, sufficient reason is given for its omission.
B. 
The Police Commissioner is hereby empowered and authorized to establish such additional rules and regulations governing the issuance of drivers' licenses, not inconsistent herewith, as may be necessary and reasonable.
[Added 12-26-1963 by G.O. No. 41-1963; amended 11-27-1973 by L.L. No. 7-1973]
The Police Commissioner is hereby empowered and authorized to issue and grant under his hand the aforesaid school bus and/or omnibus driver's licenses, sealed with the Corporate Seal of said City, subject to the provisions contained in this chapter.
[Added 12-26-1963 by G.O. No. 41-1963; amended 11-27-1973 by L.L. No. 7-1973; 10-28-1986 by G.O. No. 16-1986]
Each applicant for a driver's license must file with his application three unmounted, unretouched photographs of himself, in such position as the Police Commissioner may direct, taken within the 30 days preceding the filing of his application, together with a license fee of $25, to be paid to the City of Yonkers. Photographs shall be of a size which may be easily attached to his license, one of which shall be attached to the license when issued, and the others shall be filed with the application. The photograph shall be so attached to the license that it cannot be removed and another photograph substituted without detection. Such license with photograph attached shall, so long as the licensee is driving or in charge of the school bus and/or omnibus, be conspicuously displayed in the dashboard of such school bus and/or omnibus so as to be easily visible to passengers therein. In the event that the application for a license is denied, two copies of the photograph shall be returned to the applicant by the Police Commissioner.
[Added 12-26-1963 by G.O. No. 41-1963]
Each applicant for a driver's license shall file with his application impressions of the fingers of his right and left hand. Such impressions shall be placed upon forms furnished by the Police Commissioner, the impressions to be taken under his supervision or the supervision of someone designated by him at such place or places as he may appoint. No license shall be issued under the provisions of this chapter until after the investigation and examination of the fingerprint impressions; provided, however, that a temporary license may be issued for a period not exceeding 20 days pending such investigation.
[Added 12-26-1963 by G.O. No. 41-1963]
Each applicant for a school bus and/or omnibus driver's license shall be examined by the Police Commissioner or by some person designated by him as to his knowledge of the provisions of this chapter, the traffic regulations of the City and the geography of the City; and if the results of the examination are unsatisfactory, he shall be refused a license. Each applicant must, if required by the Police Commissioner, demonstrate his skill and ability to handle his vehicle by driving it through a crowded section of the City, accompanied by a representative of the Police Department designated by the Police Commissioner.
[Added 12-26-1963 by G.O. No. 41-1963]
Every licensed owner, operator or driver of any school bus and/or omnibus, whenever he shall drive the same or shall be with his school bus and/or omnibus while waiting for employment at any place, shall wear upon his person a badge of such form and style as the Police Commissioner may prescribe, with the number of his driver's license thereon in plain figures not less than 1/2 inch in length and the words "Licensed School Bus, City of Yonkers" beneath such number in letters of not less than 1/4 of an inch in length. No person except a licensed driver shall wear a driver's badge or any badge purporting to be the badge of any licensed driver, nor shall a person other than a licensed driver wear any other than his own badge or suffer or permit any other person to wear his badge.
[Added 12-26-1963 by G.O. No. 41-1963]
Upon satisfactory fulfillment of the foregoing requirements, there shall be issued to the applicant by the Police Commissioner a license, which shall be in such form as to contain a photograph and the 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 City 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 and place of residence and the dates of issuance and expiration of the license. Any licensee defacing, removing or obliterating any official entry made upon his license shall have his license revoked.
[Added 12-26-1963 by G.O. No. 41-1963]
The Police Commissioner may renew a driver's license from year to year. A driver, in applying for a renewal of his license, shall make application not less than 30 days next preceding its expiration upon a form to be furnished by the Police Commissioner entitled "Application for Renewal of License," which shall be filled out with the full name and address of the applicant, together with a statement of the date upon which his original license was granted and the number thereof, and he shall furnish to the Police Commissioner photographs as provided in § 112-8.
[Added 12-26-1963 by G.O. No. 41-1963]
A driver's license or permit may at any time be suspended or revoked by the Police Commissioner when the holder has failed to comply with any of the provisions hereof or has willfully or knowingly violated any of the provisions hereof or for a violation of any applicable ordinance or state law.
[Added 12-26-1963 by G.O. No. 41-1963]
There shall be kept in the office of the Police Commissioner a complete record of each license or permit issued to a driver and of all renewals, suspensions and revocations thereof, which record shall be kept on file with the original application of the driver for a license.
[Added 10-28-1986 by G.O. No. 16-1986]
All school buses, as defined in this chapter, shall be inspected by the Hack Inspection Unit of the Yonkers Police Department pursuant to the vehicle and traffic laws of this state and all of the rules and regulations promulgated by the State Department of Transportation to make certain that the school buses are in compliance with said regulations.
[Added 10-28-1986 by G.O. No. 16-1986]
In case the person violating any provision of this chapter is a corporation, the officer, agent or employee thereof who shall violate or procure, aid or abet any violation of any of the provisions of this chapter or permit the operation of any school bus contrary to the requirements thereof shall be subject to the same penalties as if he, himself, were personally operating such vehicle at the time such violation was committed.
[Added 10-28-1986 by G.O. No. 16-1986; amended 5-28-1991 by G.O. No. 9-1991; 7-26-1995 by G.O. No. 9-1995]
Any driver who has lost his driver's license within the current year shall pay a fee of $25 in order to be issued a duplicate license.
[Added 9-16-1986 by G.O. No. 15-1986; amended 11-12-2014 by G.O. No. 15-2014]
A school bus and/or omnibus shall obtain a license as set forth in § 112-2 above and shall operate within the City of Yonkers only if the vehicle shall have on the rear thereof a sign or sticker which shall state, in language, size, and color as approved by the Police Commissioner or his designee, that if this vehicle is being operated in an unsafe manner, the Police Department will be notified at a telephone number designated by the Police Department.
[Amended 10-28-1986 by G.O. No. 16-1986[1]]
Any violation of this chapter shall be a Class II offense.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I.