City of St. James, MO
Phelps County
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[CC 1985 § 6-36; Ord. No. 149 § 1, 2-7-1954]
As used in this Chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
PUBLIC TAXICAB BUSINESS
The business of offering to the public motor vehicles for the carrying or transportation of passengers upon other than fixed routes, for a charge or a fee.
TAXICAB
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.
[CC 1985 § 6-37; Ord. No. 149 § 2, 2-7-1954]
No person shall engage in, operate, or conduct a public taxicab business within the City of St. James, Missouri, without first paying the license tax therefor and obtaining a license therefor as provided by the terms of this Chapter.
[CC 1985 § 6-38; Ord. No. 149 § 3, 2-7-1954]
A. 
Any person desiring to secure a license to engage in, operate, or conduct a public taxicab business within the City of St. James, Missouri, shall file with the City Clerk a written application therefor in duplicate, giving the following information:
1. 
The full name and address of the applicant; if a partnership, the name and address of all the partners; if a corporation, the name and address of all the officers and directors; the trade name under which applicant does or proposes to do business; and the address of the principal place of business of the applicant.
2. 
The number of taxicabs actually owned by the applicant and the number held by it under lease, if any.
3. 
The make, model, motor number, and serial number of each taxicab and the registered owner. Provided, however, that the make, model, motor number and serial number of each new motor vehicle included in the application may be supplied by the applicant and endorsed on the application at any time prior to the actual issuance of the license by the City Clerk.
4. 
The experience, if any, the applicant has had in such business.
B. 
Such application shall be sworn to before a notary public or other officer duly authorized to administer oaths.
[CC 1985 § 6-39; Ord. No. 149 § 4, 2-7-1954]
A. 
Upon the filing of such application, the Council shall thereupon proceed to conduct a hearing upon such application, giving at least ten (10) days' written notice by mail of such hearing to the applicant and to all existing holders of public taxicab licenses. At such hearing, and before any license shall be issued, the applicant shall be required to show by evidence satisfactory to the Council that upon the granting of such application the applicant will maintain at least one (1) taxicab stand and principal place of business, and have in actual and continuous operation therefrom at least one (1) taxicab; that the applicant is or will be upon the issuance of the license the actual bona fide owner or lessee with sole right of control of all taxicabs described in the application for licenses; that all of said taxicabs are in good mechanical condition and that the public convenience and necessity will be served by the granting of such license.
B. 
Any person may appear and be heard in opposition to or in support of any such application.
C. 
The City Council shall thereupon, in due course and without delay, grant to applicant a hearing and issue or deny license accordingly.
D. 
In determining whether the public convenience or necessity will be served by the granting of such application, the Council may take into consideration the number of taxicabs operated by the applicant, his/her or its facilities for furnishing transportation by public taxicab, and any other matters which the Council may deem relevant upon the applicant's ability to conduct a public taxicab business with safety to those using the streets of the City and for the convenience of the public.
[CC 1985 § 6-40; Ord. No. 149 § 5, 2-7-1954]
All licenses issued under the provisions of this Chapter shall be for the duration of one (1) year, beginning on May 1 of the year issued and terminating on April 30 of the following year.
[CC 1985 § 6-41; Ord. No. 149 § 6, 2-7-1954]
After any such license shall have been issued, the licensee shall be entitled to a renewal thereof for the succeeding year, provided that the licensee make written application therefor to the City Clerk and pay the required license fee prior to the expiration of his/her license. No renewal license shall be issued unless the application is made and the fee paid prior to the expiration of the old license.
[CC 1985 § 6-42; Ord. No. 149 § 7, 2-7-1954]
No owner or operator of a taxicab business may delegate his/her license privilege to any lessee or deferred payment purchaser of such taxicab business. All licenses issued or granted under this Chapter shall be non-assignable and non-transferable.
[CC 1985 § 6-43; Ord. No. 149 § 8, 2-7-1954]
Change of ownership of or title to any taxicab of a licensee shall automatically revoke any certificate or license for the operation of such taxicab by the purchaser.
[CC 1985 § 6-44; Ord. No. 149 § 9, 2-7-1954]
A. 
No licensee shall operate more taxicabs or any taxicab other than those included in the license unless and until application shall have been made and approved increasing the number of taxicabs to be operated by the licensee. Said application for additional taxicabs shall be filed with the City Clerk, shall state the name and address of the licensee, the number of taxicabs sought to be licensed, together with the make, model, motor number and serial number of each, and whether the same are owned or leased by the licensee, and the reasons for requesting license for additional taxicabs. Provided, however, that the make, model, motor number and serial number of each new motor vehicle included in the application for additional taxicabs may be supplied by the applicant and endorsed on the application at any time prior to the actual issuance of the license by the City Clerk.
B. 
The same proceeding shall be had by the Council upon said application as is provided for the granting of an original license under Section 620.040.
[CC 1985 § 6-45; Ord. No. 149 § 10, 2-7-1954]
Each taxicab company shall file a schedule of its taxicab fees with the City Clerk and shall not exceed the prices stated in this schedule without prior notice to the City Council.
[CC 1985 § 6-46; Ord. No. 149 § 11, 2-7-1954]
Every person engaging in, operating or conducting a public taxicab business, as defined by the terms of this Chapter, shall pay therefor a license tax as set forth in Section 605.030.
[CC 1985 § 6-47; Ord. No. 149 § 12, 2-7-1954]
A. 
If, at any time, the Council is of the opinion that any licensee theretofore granted a license to engage in, operate, or conduct a public taxicab business is engaged in any unlawful calling, or has violated any provisions of this Chapter or any other City ordinance, State law or Federal Statute, or is conducting such business in such a manner as to constitute a danger to public safety or a menace to the general welfare and well being of the City, or that such licensee has become unqualified, unfit, or incapable of engaging in, operating or conducting a public taxicab business, or that the operation of a public taxicab business by such licensee does not service the public convenience and necessity, then the Council may, after due hearing, revoke such license.
B. 
Provided, however, no such license shall be revoked by the Council until after the holder of such license shall have received reasonable notice and been afforded a hearing before the Council, at which hearing the licensee shall be permitted to appear and to offer such testimony in his/her behalf as may be relevant to the question of the revocation of such license.
[CC 1985 § 6-48; Ord. No. 149 § 13, 2-7-1954]
No license to engage in such public taxicab business shall be issued to the applicant therefor by the Clerk of the City of St. James until and after such applicant has filed with the City Clerk, and the same has been approved by the Mayor, a liability insurance policy or bond in some insurance company or association or other insurer authorized to transact business in the State of Missouri, which liability insurance shall bind the obligors thereunder to make compensation for damage to or destruction of any property of one (1) or more persons to a maximum amount of twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000.00) by reason of the applicant's legal liability for damages in consequence of any one (1) accident resulting from the negligent operation or use of any public taxicab used in such public taxicab business, and which liability insurance shall bind the obligors thereunder to make compensation for bodily injuries, including death at any time resulting therefrom, to one (1) person to a maximum amount of twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000.00) by reason of the applicant's legal liability for damages in consequence of any one (1) accident resulting from the negligent operation or use of any public taxicab used in such public taxicab business, and subject to that limit of a maximum amount of fifty thousand dollars ($50,000.00) for each person, which liability insurance shall bind the obligors thereunder to make compensation for bodily injuries, including death at any time resulting therefrom, to more than one (1) person, to a total maximum amount of twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000.00) by reason of the applicant's legal liability for damages in consequence of any one (1) accident resulting from the negligent operation or use of any public taxicab used in such public taxicab business.
[CC 1985 § 6-49; Ord. No. 149 § 14, 2-7-1954]
Such insurance policy or bond shall at all times be in full force and effect during the period of time for which such license has been issued. If such insurance policy or bond required by the provisions of this Chapter be canceled or for any reason whatsoever be not in force or effect during the period of time for which such license has been issued, then the Council shall revoke such license forthwith in a summary manner.
[CC 1985 § 6-50; Ord. No. 149 § 15, 2-7-1954]
After any applicant has been granted such license by the Council and after the applicant has filed the required insurance policy or bond with the City Clerk, the City Clerk shall endorse upon copy of the application filed "license approved" together with the date of such approval. The City Clerk shall thereupon, upon the payment of the license tax which shall be determined by the number of taxicabs covered by the license whether in actual operation or not, issue and deliver such license to the applicant.
[CC 1985 § 6-51; Ord. No. 149 § 16, 2-7-1954]
A. 
A licensee holding a license under the provisions hereof may substitute other taxicab or taxicabs in place of that or those for which the certificate and license is granted upon the following conditions.
1. 
The licensee shall file a written application with the City Clerk setting forth the following:
a. 
The name and address of the licensee.
b. 
The make, model, motor number and serial number of both the substituted taxicab and/or taxicabs and the taxicab or taxicabs which are being replaced.
c. 
Proof that the licensee is a bona fide owner or lessee with sole right of control of the taxicab or taxicabs sought to be substituted.
d. 
Proof that the substituted taxicab or taxicabs have been inspected and are in good mechanical condition.
e. 
Proof that the taxicab or taxicabs sought to be substituted have been included in and are covered under the liability insurance policy or bond of the licensee.