[R.O. 2012 §620.010; Ord. No. 4742 §1, 10-14-1946; CC 1973 §33-1; Ord. No. 2000-3-5, 3-20-2000]
For the purposes of this Chapter, the following words and phrases shall have the meaning respectively ascribed to them:
- Every person physically in charge of or driving a taxicab.
- The privilege granted by the City to a person to engage in the operation of a taxicab business within the City.
- Any person having control of the operation or maintenance and collection of the revenue of taxicabs.
- A permit granted by the City to the driver of a taxicab.
- Any street, alley, avenue, lane, public place or highway in the City.
- Any motor vehicle performing a bona fide for hire taxicab service having a capacity of not more than five (5) passengers, exclusive of the driver, and not operated on a regular route or between fixed termini.
[R.O. 2012 §620.020; Ord. No. 4742 §12, 10-14-1946; CC 1973 §33-2]
Every person owning and operating a taxicab under the provisions of this Chapter may adopt any trade name, design, color scheme or method of painting or lettering such taxicabs that is approved by the City Manager. Such trade names, designs, color schemes or methods of lettering, shall include the name of the owner or the trade name under which it or he/she does business, painted on each side of the taxicab. Whenever the name of the owner or the trade name under which it or he/she does business, does not include any one of the words "taxi-cab", "taxi", or "cab", then the word "taxicab" shall be printed on each side of the taxicab beneath the said name or trade name. All lettering or wording shall be at least two (2) inches in height and shall be clearly visible from each side of said taxicab.
[R.O. 2012 §620.030; Ord. No. 4742 §19, 10-14-1946; CC 1973 §33-3]
It shall be unlawful for any person to operate upon any public street in the City any taxicab unless such vehicle shall at all times be maintained in good mechanical condition.
[R.O. 2012 §620.040; Ord. No. 4742 §19, 10-14-1946; CC 1973 §33-4]
The City Manager shall, from time to time, cause to be made an inspection of taxicabs. If any such vehicle shall be found unsafe or unfit for operation, notice shall be given to the owner thereof and such vehicle shall not thereafter be operated as a vehicle for transporting passengers for hire until the same has been put in a safe condition for such operation. Nothing herein contained shall be construed to relieve any owner or operator from any or all duties imposed by law, nor relieve any such owner or operator from liability resulting from the unfitness of such vehicle or the negligent operation thereof.
[R.O. 2012 §620.050; CC 1973 §33-5]
It shall be unlawful for any taxicab owner or operator to refuse to carry or transport any orderly person anywhere in the City, unless previously engaged or unable to do so.
[R.O. 2012 §620.060; CC 1973 §33-6]
It shall be unlawful for any person or operator of a taxicab to carry in such taxicab more than five (5) passengers, and in no event shall more than (2) passengers, ride in the front seat with the driver.
[R.O. 2012 §620.070; Ord. No. 6682, 5-1-1978; Ord. No. 2000-3-5, 3-20-2000]
It shall be unlawful for any owner or operator to sell or collect money for alcoholic beverages or for any taxicab driver to have on his/her person any alcoholic beverages while driving and operating a taxicab in service.
[R.O. 2012 §620.080; CC 1973 §33-8]
It shall be unlawful for any driver or passenger or any taxicab to drink alcoholic beverages of any kind while inside the taxicab.
Editor's Note: Ord. no. 2000-3-5, enacted on March 20, 2000, repealed section 620.090 which formerly derived from CC 1973 §33-9.
[R.O. 2012 §620.100; Ord. No. 4742 §20, 10-14-1946; CC 1973 §33-10; Ord. No. 2000-3-5, 3-20-2000]
It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly drive any taxicab or permit the same to be driven for the purpose of conveying any person to or from any place or point for the purpose of indulging or engaging in any immoral or unlawful act or purpose.