[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Fond du Lac 6-23-1993 by Ord. No. 2679 as §§ 12.25, 12.26 and 12.35 of the 1993 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
No person shall hire out, keep or use for hire or cause to be kept for hire any cab, coach or motor vehicle for the transportation of passengers in the City without first obtaining a license in accordance with the terms and provisions of this chapter. This chapter does not apply to vehicles rented by livery men for private use only or to motor vehicles hired by special contract. Each license issued shall expire on June 30 following the issuance of the license and shall entitle the licensee named to operate the vehicle described within the City.
Application for license shall be made as provided by § 433-2 of this Code and shall, among other things, state the name and address of the applicant, the number of vehicles to be licensed, a description of each vehicle by factory number, maker's name, number of adult persons the vehicle is designed to carry, the state license plate number under which the same is operated, the name of the insurance carrier, the name of the insured, and the number, amount and duration of the policy. On filing the application, together with a receipt of the City Treasurer showing payment of the license fee, the City Clerk shall, upon approval by the Fond du Lac Chief of Police or his/her designee, issue to the applicant a license for the operation of the vehicle, and before the operation of the vehicle as a taxi within the City, the owner shall cause his name and the number of the license granted by the City to be plainly marked on the right and left side of the vehicle in figures not less than 1 1/2 inch in length, and the figures shall be of light color on dark background or dark color on light background. Every such vehicle when driven or used at night shall have fixed upon some conspicuous place on the outside two lighted lamps with plain glass front with the number of the license plainly painted thereon in figures not less than 1 1/2 inch in length. If the owner operates more than one vehicle, he shall also place like size and color individual numbers for each car beginning with number one and counting until the total number of his cars are so marked. The numbers and the City license number shall be separated by a hyphen or dash.
[Amended 1-12-2000 by Ord. No. 2988]
No person shall operate a vehicle for the conveyance of passengers for hire or permit the same to be operated under this chapter until and unless the applicant for a license deposits with the City Clerk a policy or certificate of liability insurance covering all vehicles used for hire for which a license is sought. The policy or certificate of liability insurance shall be issued by a company authorized to do business in Wisconsin, and minimum insurance required for a taxicab operating under this chapter shall be the minimum required for a policy or bond under § 344.15(1), Wis. Stats. Each insurance policy shall contain a provision that it may not be cancelled before the expiration of its term except upon 30 days' written notice to the City Clerk.
No vehicle shall be licensed under this chapter unless it is clean and sanitary and in good mechanical condition and suitable for safe use at all times while being used as a passenger for hire vehicle. All licensed vehicles shall be kept in such condition, and the license may be revoked for failure to maintain any vehicle as required by this section.
The Chief of Police or his/her designee may at any time for cause revoke any license granted under this chapter; provided, however, that notice of hearing upon revocation shall be given to the licensee at least five days before the hearing. Upon revocation of a license, the same shall be null and void.
No person required to be licensed under this chapter shall permit any person to operate any licensed vehicle while such vehicle is being used for the transportation of persons for hire unless the person operating the vehicle is a licensed cab driver as required by § 587-7.
License required. No person shall operate or drive a vehicle required to be licensed under this chapter while such vehicle is being used for the transportation of persons for hire unless the driver is licensed as provided for in this section.
Application. Application for a taxicab driver's license shall be made in the manner provided by § 433-2 of this Code, and the application shall state, among other things, the age of the applicant and that the applicant is of good physical condition, free from any infirmity which may be likely to interfere with the proper operation of the automobile by the applicant. Where it appears that the applicant has had less than six months' experience in the operation of a taxicab, the applicant's ability and skill in handling a vehicle may be examined by the Chief of Police or by an officer under his command, in which case a report shall be made as soon as possible after such examination.
License period. The license shall be valid for a period of two years and shall expire on June 30 of the appropriate year.
In addition to the suspension or revocation of any license issued under this chapter, and except where otherwise specifically provided, any person found to be in violation of any provisions of this chapter or any order, rule or regulation made hereunder shall be subject to a penalty as provided in § 1-4 of this Code.