[HISTORY: Adopted by Dutchess County 12-15-2016 by L.L. No. 3-2017. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Posting of taxicab rates — See General Business Law § 396-p.
Ordinances to regulate taxicabs and limousines — See General Municipal Law § 181.
Interjurisdictional pre-arranged for-hire vehicle operation — See Vehicle and Traffic Law Art. 17-B.
New York General Municipal Law § 181(1) was amended effective August 31, 2016, to authorize the County of Dutchess to adopt a local law regulating the registration and licensing of taxicabs, limousines, and livery vehicles. It is hereby determined that the enactment of this chapter will be in the best interests of the County of Dutchess. It is the intent of the Dutchess County Legislature to remedy an inequity that exists due to the fact that Dutchess County taxicabs, limousines, and livery vehicles may not currently legally operate in jurisdictions outside of Dutchess County such as New York City or Westchester County without risking being fined or having their vehicles seized, for example, by the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission. This chapter will enable the County of Dutchess to be entitled to reciprocity with jurisdictions outside of the County of Dutchess that require operators to have a local taxicab, limousine, or livery vehicle license, thereby preventing the fining and/or seizure of vehicles of County of Dutchess licensees.
Pursuant to Vehicle and Traffic Law § 498, any person wishing to drive, operate, offer or keep for hire or charge within the limits of the County, for interjurisdictional operation, any taxicab or other motor vehicle providing transportation service for charge or fee may obtain and pay for a taxi driver's license, a taxicab vehicle license, and a taxicab company license, if applicable, and all other licenses and permits required by law, and cause the same to be and remain in force and effect at all times under the provisions of this chapter. This chapter and any rules and regulations promulgated incident thereto may be administered on behalf of the County by a licensing jurisdiction with whom the County enters into an intermunicipal agreement for that purpose.
Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be punished as provided in applicable law; and in addition thereto, if a licensee, or the owner, operator or driver of a licensed vehicle, his/her license or licenses or those issued to or for such vehicle may be suspended or revoked. The County may, in its discretion, temporarily suspend a license pending outcome of the prosecution of the licensee under this chapter or under any other provision of any applicable law, code, rule or regulation. The penalties set forth herein shall be in addition to and not instead of any other penalties imposed by any other applicable law, code, rule or regulation of any other governmental or regulatory agency or entity.
Whenever a state of emergency is declared by the County Executive, the County may suspend the provisions of this chapter, in whole or in part, for part or all of the period during which such emergency conditions may prevail. Such power shall include but not be limited to the suspension of the requirement that fares be paid by passengers and/or other requirements of this chapter. Under such circumstances, all drivers and operators shall endeavor to keep and maintain accurate records showing the trips provided and the details of same during such period, similar to such records as would be required to be kept by this chapter if such period of emergency had not existed.
The responsibility for the administration and enforcement of this chapter shall be with the Dutchess County Department of Public Works. The Commissioner of Public Works shall be vested with the power to promulgate rules and regulations consistent with this chapter. Taxicab Licensing Rules and Regulations are submitted herewith for adoption by local law.
Editor's Note: See the rules and regulations included as an attachment to this chapter.