[HISTORY: Adopted by the Merchantville Borough Council 9-10-1945. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- AUTOCAB or TAXICAB
- Includes any automobile or motor car used as a public carrier for the transportation of persons for hire which is operated over any of the streets of the borough not upon any established route or routes and which accepts or discharges passengers to or from within or without said borough.
- Includes any individual, copartnership, association or corporation, their lessees, trustees or receivers.
No person shall hereafter operate any taxicab upon any street or highway of the Borough of Merchantville unless said vehicle is licensed as herein provided and all provisions of the state law relating to such vehicles and the operation thereof have been fully complied with.
An application for such license shall be made to Borough Council and shall set forth the following facts:
The full name and address of the owner, lessee or bailee of the vehicle to be licensed.
The make and character of the same.
The length of time it has been in use.
The number of persons it is capable of carrying comfortably.
The serial number and motor number of such vehicle and the place where it may be inspected by the members of Borough Council or their representative.
If the applicant is an individual, said application shall state whether or not the applicant has ever been convicted of a crime and, if so, of what crime, the date and place of conviction and the punishment therefor. If the applicant is a copartnership or a corporation, such application shall set forth the names and addresses of the copartners of such partnership, or the names and addresses of the officers and directors of such corporation, and shall state whether any of such copartners, officers and directors have ever been convicted of a crime and if so, of what crime, the date and place of conviction and the punishment therefor. Every such application shall be accompanied by a fee of $25.00 for a single taxicab and an additional fee of $5.00 for each additional taxicab to be licensed up to three; beyond that number there shall be a blanket fee of $50.00. Said license fees shall not be prorated, nor shall any part thereof be refunded in case of the refusal of a license.
No taxicab license shall be issued until the applicant therefor shall have filed with the Borough Clerk, an insurance policy or certificate of a company duly authorized to transact business in this state for not less than $10,000.00 insuring against loss for bodily injuries or death suffered by one person, and for not less than $50,000.00 for bodily injuries or death suffered by two or more persons as the result of an accident occurring by reason of the maintenance or operation of such taxicab, and for property damage in the sum of not less than $5,000.00 for damage arising out of such accident. Any license issued for such taxicab shall continue effective only so long as such insurance shall remain in force to the full amounts aforesaid; provided, however, that any applicant for a license for two or more taxicabs may file with the Borough Clerk a bond or insurance policy for $50,000.00 in a company approved by Borough Council, covering all taxicabs operated by said applicant, and shall be for the benefit of any person suffering loss, damage or injury as aforesaid: provided further, however, that this section shall not apply to any corporation which shall have obtained from the Commissioner of Banking and Insurance an order exempting it from providing such insurance and shall file a certified copy of such order with the Borough Clerk.
No taxicab license shall be issued until the applicant therefor shall have delivered to the Borough Clerk a proper power of attorney, in addition to the bond or insurance policy as provided in § 79-5 hereof, appointing such Clerk the lawful attorney of such applicant for the purpose of acknowledging service of process out of any court of competent jurisdiction, and the operation of such taxicab shall be permitted only so long as such power of attorney shall remain in full force and effect.
If the application for a taxicab license be granted, the Borough Clerk shall issue to the applicant a card stating the name and address of the licensee, the number of the license, the make and character of the taxicab licensed with the motor number and serial number thereof and the maximum number of passengers to be carried therein at any one time. Said card shall be prominently displayed in the interior of any taxicab so licensed (or, in the case of a fleet of cabs, in the principal garage of the owner), together with a statement or schedule of changes for the use thereof.
Every application for a taxicab license shall be verified by the oath or affirmation of the applicant or applicants, if an individual or a copartnership and, if a corporation, by the oath or affirmation of an officer thereof.
No more than four persons as herein defined shall be licensed to operate taxicabs in the Borough of Merchantville in any one calendar year.
Every license issued pursuant to the terms of this chapter shall expire at midnight on December 31 following its issuance, unless sooner surrendered, suspended or revoked: provided, however, that if an application for the renewal thereof be filed before said December 31, the operation of said taxicab may be continued until the 15th of January succeeding.
Every taxicab shall have painted on both sides of said vehicle the words "Taxi" or "Cab" in letters at least three inches high or the name or trade name of the operating owner with the words "Taxi," "Cab," or "Taxicab."
After due notice and hearing, Borough Council may revoke or suspend any license issued under this chapter for any of the following reasons: if the licensee has been convicted of a crime in this or any other jurisdiction or convicted of a violation of Title 39 of the Revised Statutes of New Jersey, entitled "Motor Vehicles and Traffic Regulation"; if the licensee violates any provision of this chapter; if said licensee has made false answers in his or her application for a license or a renewal thereof; if said licensee has failed or fails to render reasonably prompt, safe, proper and adequate taxi service; or if said licensee has not fully complied with all the requirements of this chapter with respect to such license. In addition to the reasons stated above, a taxicab license may be revoked or suspended if the licensed vehicle is dangerous to safety or health or if the required insurance is not at all times maintained in force or if said licensed vehicle shall be used for immoral or illegal purposes.
All ordinances or parts of ordinances inconsistent herewith are hereby repealed to the extent of such inconsistency only.
This chapter shall take effect December 31, 1945, after due passage and publication according to law.