[Ord. No. 70-46 §1, 6-3-1970]
Unless it appears that a different meaning is intended, the following words shall have the meaning given them by the Section:
- Any individual, partnership or corporation.
- Any street, alley, avenue, boulevard, court, lane or public place in the City of Bridgeton.
- Any motor vehicle engaged in the business of carrying persons for hire on the streets of the City of Bridgeton whether the same is operated from a street stand or from a garage, where no regular or specific route is traveled but passengers are taken to and from such places as they may designate; whether the to and from such places as they may designate; whether the charge therefor is made on the basis of distance traveled as indicated by a taximeter or speedometer attached thereto, or by any other method of determining distance, such as by zoning system or otherwise, or the time consumed in traveling, or on any other basis whatever.
[Ord. No. 70-46 §1, 6-3-1970]
This Chapter shall not apply to any motor vehicle used as a sight-seeing car, a "sight-seeing car" being defined as a motor vehicle having a seating capacity in excess of ten (10) persons and which is used for the purpose of conveying passengers on sight-seeing tours as the term is generally understood, and where the basis for charge is the time or circuit route traveled by such cars in regular trips. Nor shall it apply to "service cars" or "buses", as those terms are generally understood.
[Ord. No. 70-46 §2, 6-3-1970]
No person shall engage in the business of operating a taxicab or taxicabs upon the streets of the City of Bridgeton without first obtaining a license to do so. Such license shall be issued by the City Clerk after the application therefor has been approved and the requisite fee paid, as hereinafter prescribed, and after all other provisions of this Chapter pertaining to the obtaining or issuing of said licenses have been complied with.
Application for a license to engage in the business of operating a taxicab or taxicabs shall be filed with the City Clerk and referred to the Council for consideration and action. The application shall be in writing, verified by the affidavit of the applicants; or, if the applicant be a corporation or a partnership, by its duly authorized officer or agent and shall state the following facts:
The full name and address of the applicant; if a partnership, the name and addresses of all the partners; if a corporation, the names and addresses of all the officers and directors thereof.
The name and address of the owner or owners of the vehicles proposed to be operated.
A statement of the previous experience the applicant has had, or if the applicant be a partnership, the partners thereof have had; or if the applicant be a corporation, the officers and directors have had, in the taxicab business.
The number of taxicabs the applicant desires to operate within the City.
The seating capacity of each vehicle proposed to be used as a taxicab according to the manufacturer's rating, which must not be less than three (3) in the tonneau thereof.
The type of motor car to be used, horsepower, name of manufacturer, the length of time such vehicle has been in use, the insurance proposed to be carried, the amount of same and the name of the company issuing the policy.
The color scheme of the taxicab or taxicabs proposed to be used.
The application shall be accompanied by a certificate of inspection from the Chief of Police, who shall inspect all taxicabs as hereinafter provided; such certificate, however, shall not be necessary in case the vehicles proposed to be operated as taxicabs are new and have not been in use theretofore.
State Law Reference — Authority to require licenses, RSMo., §94.110.
[Ord. No. 70-46 §2, 6-3-1970]
The Council shall have power to approve any such applications and order a license issued or refuse to do so, as it may deem proper. In determining whether such application shall be approved and the license issued, or otherwise, the Council shall take into consideration whether the demands of the public require such proposed or additional taxicab service within the City of Bridgeton, the financial responsibility of the applicant, the number, kind and type of equipment, and the color scheme proposed to be used, the increased traffic congestion, and the demand for increased parking space upon the streets of the City which may result, and whether the safe use of the streets by the public, both vehicular and pedestrian, will be preserved by the granting of such license, and such other relevant facts as the Council may deem advisable or necessary.
[Ord. No. 70-46 §3, 6-3-1970]
If the Council shall approve the application and authorize the issuance of the license applied for, the City Clerk shall, after payment by the applicant of the fee prescribed therefor, issue such license and deliver the same to the applicant. If the Council shall refuse to approve the application, the City Clerk shall make a memorandum to that effect thereupon and notify the applicant that his application has been disapproved. The City Clerk may issue a single combined license for the taxicab license under this Chapter and the license provided under the motor vehicle licensing ordinance.
[Ord. No. 70-46 §4, 6-3-1970]
Before any license shall be issued under this Chapter, the applicant shall pay to the Clerk of the City the sum of fifteen dollars ($15.00) as an annual license tax for each taxicab to be operated for the conveyance of passengers upon, along or over the streets of the City, and in addition shall pay the fee imposed by the City for the licensing of motor vehicle to be operated on its streets. When any taxicab license is issued after June thirtieth (30th) of any year, the fee for the remaining part of the year shall be seven dollars fifty cents ($7.50) plus any City auto registration fee which may be due.
Each license shall expire on December thirty-first (31st) after its issuance. All such licenses may thereafter be renewed annually effective on January first (1st.) of each year upon payment of the required fee.
Existing licenses renewable July 1, 1970, shall be renewed for a period of six (6) months to December 31, 1970, for a fee of seven dollars fifty cents ($7.50) plus any motor vehicle registration fee which may be due.
[Ord. No. 70-46 §5, 6-3-1970]
Every applicant for a license to operate a taxicab as herein defined, and the owner of the said taxicab, in addition to the requirements herein mentioned, shall maintain and carry for each taxicab licensed to be operated liability insurance in the sum of five thousand dollars ($5,000.00) for any one (1) person, and the sum of twenty thousand dollars ($20,000.00) for any two (2) or more persons who may be injured in any one (1) accident, and five thousand dollars ($5,000.00) for any property damage, at any time by reason of the negligence or carelessness of the driver or operator of such taxicab. Said insurance shall be carried in a firm or corporation which has been duly licensed or permitted to carry on such business in the State of Missouri, and shall be kept and maintained continually in force and effect so long as such applicant and owner of such taxicab shall be licensed to operate the same on the streets of this City, provided that any taxicab operator making an application under the provisions of this Chapter who shall furnish to the Mayor and Council annually, and at such other times as may be required, satisfactory proof and evidence of such taxicab operator's financial ability to properly protect the interest of the public and pay compensation for injuries to persons and loss or damage to property on account or arising out of negligent operation of such taxicabs, shall not be required to furnish liability insurance as herein set forth.
[Ord. No. 70-46 §6, 6-3-1970]
Every licensee hereunder shall, on or before the fifth (5th) day of each month, file with the City Clerk a report showing the number of accidents in which any taxicab owned or operated by him was involved during the preceding month, the nature of the damage, if any, to person or property resulting therefrom, the names and addresses of all persons claiming damage arising from any taxicab accident and the amount, if any, paid during the preceding month in settlement of such claims, including those in suit; also list of all pending suits on claims arising out of accidents with amounts sued for and the status of said suits. The failure to file such report within the time herein provided for, or the filing or causing or intentionally permitting the filing of a false report, shall be a violation of this Chapter and shall also be grounds for forfeiting the said principal's certificate of convenience and necessity and for forfeiting his license. It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation, to operate or drive, or cause to be operated or driven, any taxicab along or upon any public street, highway, or other public place in the City of Bridgeton, unless the policy of insurance required by this Chapter for such taxicab shall have been filed with the City Clerk, and be in full force and effect. If any policy of insurance or bond required by this Chapter and covering any or all of the taxicabs authorized to be operated under a certificate of convenience and necessity be cancelled, or for any reason including the expiration of its term be permitted to lapse, and the holder of such certificate of convenience and necessity fails to replace same immediately with another policy of insurance fully complying with the provisions of this Chapter such certificate of convenience and necessity and the taxicab licenses issued thereunder shall be ipso facto suspended.
[Ord. No. 70-46 §7, 6-3-1970]
No person shall drive a taxicab licensed under the provisions of this Chapter who is not a duly licensed chauffeur as required by the laws of the State of Missouri and who has not submitted and given his fingerprints to the Police Department of the City of Bridgeton. Each person, before so operating a taxicab, shall be finger printed and shall submit to the Chief of Police for inspection his chauffeur's license and shall have said chauffeur's license at all times available for the inspection and examination by the Chief of Police or any Police Officer upon demand.
[Ord. No. 70-46 §8, 6-3-1970]
The Chief of Police shall maintain constant vigilance over all taxicabs, and shall inspect all such vehicles to ascertain that they are in a thoroughly safe condition for the transportation of passengers, clean, fit, of good appearance, well painted and varnished. Such inspection shall be made annually before the issuance of any license therefor, and shall be made thereafter from time to time, or at the complaint of any person, as often as may be necessary to ascertain that such taxicabs are kept in a condition of continued fitness for public use and he may forbid the use of any vehicle by the owner thereof found to be unfit or unsuited for public patronage. He shall also examine the taximeter, speedometer, or any other measuring device attached to any taxicab and see that the same is at all times accurate.
[Ord. No. 70-46 §9, 6-3-1970]
The provisions of this Chapter shall apply to any licensee who desires to increase the number of taxicabs to be operated, and no person who has been licensed to operate taxicabs may discontinue any or all of them without first filing with the City Clerk a statement verified by affidavit of the number of vehicles he desires to discontinue operating and the reasons therefor. The withdrawal of any vehicle from operation for the purpose of conditioning, overhauling or repairing the same shall not be considered discontinued operation under this Section. Upon complete abandonment of taxicab service for a period of thirty (30) days by any owner or operator of taxicabs, the Council may recall or revoke the license issued to such owner or operator.
[Ord. No. 70-46 §10, 6-3-1970]
The City Council shall designate such stands or stopping places for taxicabs as they may determine, taking into consideration the public need and the facilities and qualifications of applicants for such stands. No taxicab while waiting for time to depart shall stop or stand on any public street or place, except at such place as shall be designated by the City Council.
While a taxicab is on a public street or place, passengers shall be solicited by no other means than by having a printed sign on the vehicle stating that the same is for hire and the rate of fare; nor shall any driver or chauffeur of any such vehicle seek employment by repeatedly and persistently driving his taxicab in and about a short space; but such driver or chauffeur, in addition to the sign on such vehicle as herein provided, may solicit employment by driving through any public street or place without stops other than those due to obstruction of traffic thereon, or to temporary traffic signals or rules, may pass and repass before any theater, hall, hotel, restaurant, place of amusement or public resort, provided that after passing any such place he shall not repass the same until he shall have gone a distance of at least four (4) blocks upon the streets of the City. Five (5) passengers shall constitute the maximum allowable load to be carried in a taxicab at any one (1) time.
[Ord. No. 70-46 §11, 6-3-1970]
Before any such stand or stopping place for taxicabs shall be designated by the Council, written application for such allocation shall be filed with the City Clerk and referred to the Chief of Police. The application shall be in writing, verified by the affidavit of the applicant, or if the applicant be a corporation or a partnership, by its duly authorized officer or agent, and shall state the following facts:
The full name and address of the applicant; if a partnership, the names and addresses of all the partners; if a corporation, the names and addresses of all the officers and directors thereof.
The name and address of the owner or owners of the vehicles proposed to be operated.
The number of spaces the applicant desires to have allocated.
[Ord. No. 70-46 §12, 6-3-1970]
Before any space for a taxi stand is allocated by the Council, the applicant shall pay to the City Clerk of the City of Bridgeton, the sum of one hundred dollars ($100.00) as an annual fee for the privilege of using exclusively each space allocated; provided that such fee shall be due and payable on July first (1st) each year, or for any portion of any year for which an allocation is made.
[Ord. No. 70-46 §13, 6-3-1970]
The Mayor and Council shall have authority at any time to revoke any and all licenses granted under this Chapter, after first having granted the owner or operator of said taxicab or cabs a hearing on the question of whether or not said license should be revoked. Upon revocation of any license, no portion of the license fee shall be refunded.
[Ord. No. 70-46 §14, 6-3-1970]
Any person violating any provision of this Chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be fined an amount not exceeding one hundred dollars ($100.00), or by imprisonment in the City or County Jail for a period of time not exceeding thirty (30) days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.