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Township of Woodbridge, NJ
Middlesex County
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[1974 Code § 23-1; Ord. #89-21]
As used in this chapter:
LIMOUSINE AND OTHER MOTOR VEHICLES FOR HIRE
Shall mean and include any "autocab" as defined in N.J.S.A. 48:16-13.
TAXICAB
Shall mean and include any "taxicab" as defined in N.J.S.A. 48:16-1.
[1974 Code § 23-2; Ord. #89-21]
The carrying of passengers on regular or irregular trips from any point in the Township to another point or points in or out of the Township shall create a presumption that the passengers are being carried for hire and under an agreement for compensation.
[1974 Code § 23-3; Ord. #89-21; Ord. #04-11; Ord. #12-18]
a. 
The Director of Public Safety or Police Chief shall have the jurisdiction and responsibility of:
1. 
Inspection of autocabs, taxicabs and limousines.
2. 
Examination and approval or rejection of applications for taxicab and limousine licenses.
3. 
Examination and approval or rejection of applications for taxicab and limousine driver's license.
4. 
Enforcement of the provisions of this chapter.
b. 
General Jurisdiction and Responsibility of Township Clerk. The Township Clerk shall have the jurisdiction and responsibility of issuance of licenses, collection of fees and certification of insurance compliance. The Township Clerk shall issue such license after the satisfactory compliance by the applicant with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 48:16-13 through 16-22, the payment of the fee, the submission of a current certificate of insurance and a signed statement from the Township Zoning Officer certifying that the limousine service is not operating in a residential zone and that the taxicab or limousine business has sufficient off-street parking for any and all taxicabs or limousines to be used in the business.
c. 
General Jurisdiction of Zoning Officer. The Zoning Officer shall have the jurisdiction and responsibility of investigation and certification that the taxicab or limousine business is not operating in a residential zone and that the taxicab or limousine business has sufficient off-street parking for any and all taxicabs or limousines to be used in the business.
d. 
The Chief of Police or the Director of Public Safety shall have the authority to designate sworn or unsworn personnel to be empowered to enforce violations of this chapter.
[1974 Code § 23-4; Ord. #89-21]
The Police Department shall keep and maintain a record of all persons and vehicles licensed or rejected for licenses under the provisions of this chapter. Such record shall contain all information relating to ownership and operation of such licenses and vehicles and shall be open to the inspection of the public at all reasonable times for good cause and shall be deemed public records, extracts of which may be certified by the Director of Public Safety or Police Chief for use as evidence.
[1974 Code § 23-5; Ord. #89-21; Ord. #13-37; Ord. #2015-42]
a. 
No person shall operate or permit a taxicab owned or controlled by him to be operated as a taxicab upon the streets of the Township unless the owner of the vehicle shall first obtain a taxicab license from the Director of Public Safety or Police Chief. A taxi not licensed by the Township of Woodbridge shall be prohibited from picking up fares within the Township of Woodbridge.
b. 
Nothing in this section or other sections of this chapter shall be construed to require the licensing of any taxicab:
1. 
(Reserved)
2. 
Carrying patrons from any point outside the Township to any point within the Township.
[1974 Code § 23-6; Ord. #89-21]
a. 
An application for a taxicab license shall be made by the taxicab owner upon forms furnished by the Police Department. The application shall be verified and filed with the Police Department. Any misrepresentation of any material fact made or disclosed in the application shall be cause for refusal or revocation of the license or the imposition of the penalty provided for in Subsection 10-5.2.
b. 
The application shall contain the following information:
1. 
Full name and address of the applicant.
2. 
Serial number, engine number, year and description of the vehicle sought to be licensed.
3. 
New Jersey motor vehicle registration plate number of vehicle sought to be licensed.
4. 
Color scheme of the vehicle or name, monogram or insignia to be used.
5. 
The length of time the vehicle has been in use.
6. 
Seating capacity of the vehicle.
7. 
Address from which the applicant intends to conduct the operation of the taxicab sought to be licensed.
8. 
The applicant's prior criminal record, including all convictions of any crime and of any disorderly person's offense involving moral turpitude.
9. 
Any other pertinent information deemed necessary by the Director of Public Safety or Police Chief in the interest of safety, health and public welfare.
c. 
There shall be filed with the application:
1. 
A copy of the complete schedule of the rates to be charged.
2. 
A copy of the complete schedule of hours and days of intended operation of the vehicle.
[1974 Code § 23-7; Ord. #89-21; Ord. #01-11 § 1; Ord. #12-18]
Before any taxicab license is issued, the Director of Public Safety or Police Chief shall fingerprint the applicant and make or cause to be made an investigation of the applicant's moral character. No such license shall be issued if the applicant is disqualified pursuant to the criteria set forth in N.J.S.A. 48:16-3 et seq.
[1974 Code § 23-8; Ord. #89-21]
Before any taxicab license is issued, the vehicle sought to be licensed shall be driven to a place designated by the Director of Public Safety or Police Chief and the vehicle shall be inspected by the Director of Public Safety or his representative. No taxicab license shall be issued unless the vehicle is found, after inspection, to be thoroughly safe for the transportation of passengers; sanitary, clean and of good appearance and otherwise fit for the transportation of passengers; and in conformity with the provisions of this chapter.
[1974 Code § 23-9; Ord. #89-21; Ord. #01-11 § 2; Ord. #03-14]
a. 
No taxicab license shall be issued until the applicant for a taxicab license (the owner of the taxicab) shall have first filed with the Township Clerk an insurance policy of a company duly licensed to transact business under the insurance laws of New Jersey, conditioned for the payment of a sum not less than:
1. 
One hundred thousand ($100,000.00) dollars per person and three hundred thousand ($300,000.00) dollars per occurrence to satisfy all claims for damages on account of bodily injury or death suffered by any person as a result of an accident occurring by reason of the ownership, maintenance or use of the taxicab upon any public street.
2. 
Five thousand ($5,000.00) dollars to satisfy any claim for damages to property of any one (1) person resulting from an accident and a sum of not less than ten thousand ($10,000.00) dollars to satisfy all claims for damages to property of all persons on account of such accident by reason of the ownership, operation, maintenance or use of such taxicab upon any public street.
b. 
The Township Clerk shall notify the Director of Public Safety or Police Chief of the filing of the insurance policy required by Subsection a of this subsection.
c. 
The taxicab license and operation thereunder shall be effective only so long as the insurance policy required by this subsection shall remain in full force to the full and collectible amounts as required by this section.
[1974 Code § 23-10; Ord. #89-21; Ord. #01-11 § 3; Ord. #01-32 § 1; Ord. #12-18]
a. 
All taxicabs added to any taxicab company's fleet, after the effective date of this subsection, shall be of matching color and lettering.
b. 
All four (4) wheels of each taxicab vehicle must have matching hubcaps.
c. 
All four (4) tires of any taxicab vehicle must be of the same color (all whitewalls or all blackwalls).
d. 
No taxicab vehicle shall have any dent or rust spot larger than three (3) inches at its widest part.
e. 
Each taxicab vehicle shall be equipped with an exterior dome light to be placed in the center of the roof. The front of the dome light shall display the taxicab company's name. The rear of the dome light shall display the taxicab company's telephone number.
f. 
The owner of an autocab shall cause to be displayed on the body of the vehicle the taxi license number issued to that vehicle. The number shall be three (3) inches in height and located in the center of the rear quarter panels on the driver and passenger sides and the rear center line of the trunk of the vehicle. Each autocab shall display on each rear door of the autocab the name of the municipality or municipalities which has issued the autocab a taxi license in letters three (3) inches in height.
g. 
No tinting or obstructions shall be added to any windows of the taxicab vehicle that restricts the view of the interior of the vehicle, excluding such tinting or obstructions that are original manufacturer's installed equipment.
h. 
An emergency light shall be placed on the left rear trunk lid of the taxicab vehicle in a manner sufficient for purposes of indicating whether the driver of the vehicle is in distress. Such emergency light shall conform to the specifications set forth by the City of New York for such emergency lights.
i. 
The requirements of this subsection shall become effective six (6) months after the effective date of this subsection.
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Editor's Note: Pursuant to Section 25 of Ordinance 01-11, all licensees and applicants must comply with the requirements of Subsection 10-2.6 on or before March 1, 2002.
[1974 Code § 23-11; Ord. #89-21; Ord. #01-11 § 4; Ord. #04-56; Ord. #10-36; Ord. #10-74]
a. 
Upon approval by the Police Chief and the payment of the fees prescribed in Subsection c of this subsection, the Township Clerk shall issue a taxicab license to the owner.
b. 
All licenses shall be issued for one (1) year commencing on April 1st and expiring the following March 31st. For the current year 2010, the term for licenses for taxicabs shall be extended for one (1) month expiring on March 31st, 2011.
c. 
The annual license fee, which is imposed for the purposes of regulation and revenue, shall be one hundred ($100.00) dollars for each taxicab, effective January 1, 2011. Effective January 1, 2012, the fee shall be one hundred fifty ($150.00) dollars. There shall be a fee of twenty-five ($25.00) dollars for the replacement of a taxicab license.
d. 
Every taxicab license shall state the name of the owner, the official license number of the taxicab, the date of the last inspection of such taxicab and such other information as the Director of Police may reasonably require. The license shall be signed by the Township Clerk and the Director of Public Safety or Police Chief.
e. 
Every taxicab license shall be placed on the dashboard or meter zone of the licensed taxicab so as to be in full view of all passengers.
f. 
There shall be displayed with the taxicab license a copy of the rate schedule and schedule of days and hours of operation as filed with the application for the taxicab license.
[1974 Code § 23-12; Ord. #89-21]
a. 
Every taxicab licensed under this chapter shall be driven during the months of March, July and October to a place designated by the Director of Public Safety or Police Chief, there to be inspected by the Director of Public Safety or his representative to ensure its safe and sanitary operation.
b. 
In addition to the regular inspections provided for by Subsection a of this subsection, it shall be the duty of the Director of Public Safety or his representative, at reasonable intervals, to inspect taxicabs to ascertain whether the provisions of this chapter are being observed.
c. 
The Director of Public Safety or Police Chief may order immediate removal from service of any taxicab which is, after inspection, found to be unsafe, unsanitary or in any other way unsuitable for taxicab service. Such taxicab shall not be returned to service until it has been reinspected and found to be suitable to taxicab service by the Director of Public Safety or Police Chief.
[1974 Code § 23-13; Ord. #89-21]
The Director of Public Safety or Police Chief shall maintain detailed records concerning the inspection of taxicabs made pursuant to subsections 10-2.4 and 10-2.8 of this chapter.
[1974 Code § 23-14; Ord. #89-21]
The Director of Public Safety or Police Chief is hereby authorized and empowered to establish reasonable rules and regulations for the inspection of vehicles, their appurtenances, construction or condition provided for in this chapter.
[1974 Code § 23-15; Ord. #89-21; Resolution 4-18-01; Ord. #01-32 §§ 1, 2; Resolution 9-19-01; Resolution 3-5-02, Resolution 7-7-09; Resolution 8-4-09; Ord. #12-18]
The number of taxicab licenses shall not exceed forty (40). However, nothing herein shall prevent the Municipal Council from increasing or decreasing, by resolution, the number of licenses should the public convenience and necessity so require. The number of taxicab licenses issued to and held by any single taxicab company and/or owner shall not exceed ten (10). No individual, corporation, partnership or other business entity shall have an ownership interest or share in more than one (1) taxicab business.
All licenses issued on or before January 1, 2012 shall hereafter be designated as "Class A" licenses. Although such licenses shall continue to be renewable from year to year, no new Class A licenses shall be issued by the Township. Failure to renew any Class A licenses within thirty (30) days of the renewal date shall result in said license being retired and/or forfeited. Class A licenses shall have no pocket status and if any licensed vehicle is not registered and/or operated for a period of sixty (60) days, that vehicle's license shall be considered abandoned and forfeited. All forfeited Class A licenses shall be permanently retired. All licenses issued in the future shall be designated as Class B licenses and shall be authorized and issued by auction in accordance with N.J.S.A. 48:16-3.3.
[1974 Code § 23-16; Ord. #89-21; Ord. #01-11 § 5]
The vehicle described on the taxicab license may be substituted or replaced by another vehicle only after written permission therefor is received from the Director of Public Safety or Police Chief. The Director of Public Safety or Police Chief shall not grant such permission until:
a. 
The existing license application is amended to include the relevant information with respect to the substituted vehicle.
b. 
The vehicle substituted has been inspected as required by Subsection 10-2.4.
c. 
The vehicle complies with all the requirements of this chapter, and the insurance policy required pursuant to Subsection 10-2.5 has been amended to disclose the substitution of the new vehicle.
d. 
A fee of fifty ($50.00) dollars shall be paid to the Township Clerk for substitute vehicles.
e. 
The license for said substitute vehicle shall have the same effective date and expiration date as the original vehicle's license.
[1974 Code § 23-17; Ord. #89-21; Ord. #01-11 § 6; Ord. #12-18]
a. 
Class A taxicab licenses issued pursuant to this section may be sold or otherwise transferred by the designated person to whom such licenses were issued provided that the transfer takes place simultaneously with the sale of the business and that the transferee of the licenses will be the new owner of the business. Class A licenses may not be transferred individually.
b. 
Any Class A licenses not transferred to the new owner of the business shall immediately and automatically revert back to the Township.
c. 
Class B licenses shall be transferable to third parties at market prices providing that the individual seeking to obtain said license(s) complies with all of the conditions set forth herein for the ownership and/or operation of a taxicab license and/or taxicab.
[1974 Code § 23-18; Ord. #89-21]
No person shall drive a taxicab for hire upon the streets of the Township and no person who owns or controls a taxicab shall permit it to be so driven and no taxicab licensed by the Township shall be so driven for hire unless the driver of the taxicab shall have first obtained and shall have then in force and in his possession a taxicab driver's license issued by the Director of Public Safety or Police Chief, as provided in this section.
[1974 Code § 23-19; Ord. #89-21; Ord. #01-11 §§ 7, 8; Ord. #03-14; Ord. No. 2018-93]
No taxicab driver's license shall be issued unless the applicant therefor:
a. 
Is at least eighteen (18) years of age.
b. 
Is a resident of the State of New Jersey for six (6) months or more.
c. 
Is the holder of a current and valid automobile driver's license issued by the State of New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission.
d. 
Is able to speak the English language.
e. 
United States citizenship is not required; however, proof of legal residency is required, i.e. visa, green card.
f. 
Is not addicted to the use of narcotics or intoxicating liquors.
g. 
Produces statements of his good character from two (2) reputable citizens of the Township.
[1974 Code § 23-20; Ord. #89-21]
a. 
An application for a taxicab driver's license shall be filed with and on forms provided by the Police Department. Every application shall be verified under oath and shall contain the following:
1. 
Full name and address of the applicant.
2. 
Age, color, height, weight, color of eyes, color of hair.
3. 
Place of birth.
4. 
Marital status.
5. 
Places of residence for the preceding five (5) years.
6. 
Length of time the applicant has resided in the Township.
7. 
Previous employment and employer.
8. 
The applicant's prior criminal record, including all convictions of any crimes and disorderly persons offenses.
9. 
Length of time the applicant has been a licensed automobile driver of the State of New Jersey.
10. 
Whether a driver's license issued to him by New Jersey, any other State or any municipality has been suspended or revoked, and for what cause.
11. 
Such other reasonable information as the Director of Public Safety or Police Chief may require.
b. 
Any misrepresentation of any material act made or disclosed in the application shall be cause for refusal and revocation of the license or the imposition of the penalty provided for in Subsection 10-5.2.
c. 
The applicant shall submit himself to be photographed and fingerprinted by the Police Department.
[1974 Code § 23-21; Ord. #89-21; Ord. #12-18]
a. 
Before any taxicab driver's license is issued, each prospective operator or driver shall submit to the performance of a criminal history record background check at his own cost and expense in accordance with N.J.S.A. 48:16-3b et seq. and be held to all disqualifications set forth therein.
b. 
The Director of Public Safety or the Chief of Police shall establish the policy and/or procedure by which the background check shall be conducted.
[1974 Code § 23-22; Ord. #89-21; Ord. #01-11 § 9; Ord. #04-56; Ord. #06-03]
a. 
If the Police Chief determines that the applicant for a taxicab license has a sufficiently good driving record and sufficiently good moral character and has met all other qualifications, he shall inform the Township Clerk. Upon the payment of the taxicab driver's license fee of fifty ($50.00) dollars, the Township Clerk shall issue a taxicab license to the applicant. For any license issued between July 1st and December 31st, the fee shall be twenty-five ($25.00) dollars. There shall be a fee of twenty-five ($25.00) dollars for the replacement of a taxicab driver's license.
b. 
All taxicab driver's licenses shall be issued for the calendar year and shall expire on December 31 of the year of issuance, unless sooner suspended or revoked by the Director of Police pursuant to Subsection 10-5.1.
[1974 Code § 23-23; Ord. #89-21; Ord. #01-11 § 9]
a. 
Every taxicab driver's license shall contain the name, signature and photograph of the licensee and such other information as the Director of Public Safety or Police Chief may reasonably require. The license shall be signed by the Police Chief and by the Township Clerk.
b. 
Whenever the licensed taxicab driver is operating a licensed taxicab, the taxicab driver's license shall be placed in a conspicuous part of the interior of the licensed taxicab which the licensee is authorized to operate and shall be placed adjacent to the taxicab license.
[1974 Code § 23-24; Ord. #89-21]
No taxicab driver's license issued pursuant to this section may be sold, assigned, mortgaged or otherwise transferred by the designated person to whom such license was issued.
[1974 Code § 23-25; Ord. #89-21]
All requirements in this section pertaining to taxicab drivers shall also apply to the owners of such taxicabs to be driven by such drivers.
[1974 Code § 23-26; Ord. #89-21]
All taxicab drivers, when operating their taxicabs, shall be clean and neat of dress.
[1974 Code § 23-27; Ord. #89-21]
Every taxicab driver shall, upon the completion of each and every trip, make a search of the taxicab for any property lost or inadvertently left therein and any such property, unless sooner claimed by or delivered to the rightful owner, shall be taken to the Police Department within six (6) hours of the finding thereof.
[1974 Code § 23-28; Ord. #89-21]
All taxicab drivers shall comply with all reasonable and lawful requests of passengers as to speed and the route to be taken. Where such requests are not made by the passenger, such driver shall use lawful and reasonable speed and the most expeditious route to be taken to such passenger's destination.
[1974 Code § 23-29; Ord. #89-21]
No driver of any taxicab shall induce any prospective passenger to employ him by misinforming or misleading any such prospective passenger, either as to time or place of the arrival or departure of any train or motor bus or as to the location of any building or place or as to the distance between any two (2) points.
[1974 Code § 23-30; Ord. #89-21]
Any motor vehicle accident involving a taxicab and causing injury to a person or persons or damage to property in excess of one hundred ($100.00) dollars shall be reported immediately by the driver to the Police Department, and the taxicab shall not be moved until released by the police, except in an emergency where there is immediate danger to life or limb.
[1974 Code § 23-31; Ord. #89-21]
No owner or driver of any licensed taxicab shall permit the use of such taxicab for any illegal or immoral purpose.
[1974 Code § 23-32; Ord. #89-21; Ord. #01-11 § 11]
a. 
All persons engaged in the taxicab business in the Township, operating under the provisions of this chapter, shall render an overall service to the public desiring to use taxicabs.
b. 
Holders of taxicab licenses shall maintain a central place of business which shall be kept open for the purpose of receiving calls and dispatching cabs for at least the minimum hours stipulated on the taxicab license.
c. 
All taxicab licensees or their representatives shall answer all calls received for taxicab service inside the Township limits as soon as they can do so. If such services cannot be rendered within a reasonable time, they shall then notify the prospective passenger as to how long it will be before the call can be answered and give the reason therefor.
d. 
Any licensee under this chapter or his representative who shall refuse to accept a call for taxicab service anywhere within the Township limits at any time when such licensee has a taxicab available or who shall fail or refuse to give overall service shall be deemed a violator of this chapter.
e. 
Taxicab licensees shall not refuse service to any individual based upon the individual's race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry or sex.
[1974 Code § 23-33; Ord. #89-21]
No driver shall permit any other person to occupy or ride in the taxicab unless the person or persons first employing a taxicab shall consent to the acceptance of an additional passenger or passengers.
[1974 Code § 23-34; Ord. #89-21; Ord. #01-11 § 12]
a. 
The number of passengers permitted to be carried in any taxicab shall be in accordance with the particular vehicle manufacturer's passenger capacity specifications.
b. 
Transportation of all passengers shall be in accordance with all applicable New Jersey State Statutes and regulations.
[1974 Code § 23-35; Ord. #89-21]
The driver of any taxicab shall, upon request of any passenger, render to such passenger a receipt for the fare charged. The receipt shall state the name of the driver, the taxicab license number, the amount of the fare, the points of origin and destination and the date and time of the transaction.
[1974 Code § 23-36; Ord. #89-21]
No person shall present, hold out or advertise any vehicle as a taxicab by the use of the words "taxi," "cab" or "taxicab" or otherwise, if such vehicle is not licensed under this chapter.
[1974 Code § 23-37; Ord. #89-21]
a. 
The holder of each and every taxicab license shall record in a book kept solely for such purpose the time of departure from and the time of return to the garage of each vehicle licensed under this chapter, the name and an address of the driver thereof, the license number of the driver and the license number of the vehicle.
b. 
The record book shall be kept open for inspection at all times by a duly authorized representative of the Police Department.
[1974 Code § 23-38; Ord. #89-21; Ord. #01-11 § 13]
a. 
The licensed driver of each taxicab shall keep a daily record upon which all trips shall be recorded. The daily record shall show the time and place of origin and destination of each trip and the amount of fare received for each trip. All such records shall be given to the holder of the taxicab license and shall be retained for two (2) years by such holder. The holder of the taxicab license shall be responsible for the maintenance of daily records of all taxicabs operated by him. Such daily record shall be kept in the taxicab vehicle during daily operations.
b. 
The forms of such record shall be of a character approved by the Director of Public Safety or Police Chief.
[1974 Code § 23-39; Ord. #89-21]
No person shall make or disclose any false statement in any application or in any record required to be kept or maintained by this chapter.
[1974 Code § 23-40; Ord. #89-21]
It shall be unlawful for any person to:
a. 
Refuse to pay the legal fare after having hired the taxicab; and
b. 
Hire any taxicab with intent to defraud the person from whom it is hired of the value of such service.
[1974 Code § 23-41; Ord. #89-21]
No holder of a taxicab license or a taxicab driver's license shall charge more than the fare as stated on the rate card filed with the taxicab license application pursuant to subsections 10-2.2 of this chapter and as displayed pursuant to Subsection 10-2.7 of this chapter.
[1974 Code § 23-42; Ord. #89-21]
The Director of Public Safety or Police Chief is hereby authorized to locate and designate as public taxicab stands such places in and about the Township as he deems necessary and proper and further to designate the number of taxicabs permitted to stand at such designated places. The Director of Public Safety or Police Chief may revoke the designation or may alter the number of taxicabs permitted to stand at such place.
[Ord. #10-11 § 14]
Taxicab driver shifts shall not exceed twelve (12) hours for every twenty-four (24) hour period.
[1974 Code § 23-43; Ord. #89-21]
a. 
Any taxicab license or taxicab driver's license issued pursuant to this chapter may be suspended for not more than twenty (20) days by the Director of Public Safety or Police Chief if:
1. 
The licensee has violated or has not fully complied with the requirements, conditions or any provision of this chapter; or
2. 
The licensee has violated any ordinance of the Township or law of the United States or this State, the violation of which reflects unfavorably on the fitness of the licensee to be so licensed.
b. 
Any licensee whose license is suspended pursuant to Subsection a of this section shall be given a hearing before the Director of Public Safety or Police Chief during the twenty (20) day period of suspension upon at least five (5) days' notice in writing.
c. 
After the hearing, the Director of Public Safety or Police Chief shall determine whether the qualifications of the licensee have been so adversely affected as to require an extension of the suspension or a revocation of the license.
d. 
If the Director of Public Safety or Police Chief determines that further suspension or a revocation is not warranted, he shall reinstate the suspended license as soon as practicable.
[1974 Code § 23-44; Ord. #89-21]
a. 
Any person who violates or permits, aids or abets the violation of any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof be liable to the penalty stated in Chapter 1, § 1-5. A separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day during or on which a violation occurs or continues.
b. 
In addition to the penalty provided in Subsection a of this section, any taxicab license or driver's license may be suspended or revoked as provided in this chapter.
[1974 Code § 23-45; Ord. #89-21]
a. 
No person shall operate or permit a limousine owned or controlled by him to be operated as a limousine upon the streets of the Township unless the owner of the vehicle shall first obtain a limousine license from the Director of Public Safety or Police Chief.
b. 
Nothing in this section or other section of this chapter shall be construed to require the licensing of any limousine:
1. 
Operating from an office outside the Township which enters the Township in response to a specific call by a patron within the Township; or
2. 
Carrying patrons from any point without the Township to any point within the Township.
[1974 Code § 23-46; Ord. #89-21]
a. 
An application for a limousine license shall be made by the limousine owner upon forms furnished by the Police Department. The application shall be verified and filed with the Police Department. Any misrepresentation of any material fact made or disclosed in the application shall be cause for refusal or revocation of the license or the imposition of the penalty provided for in Subsection 10-13.2.
b. 
The application shall contain the following information:
1. 
Full name and address of the applicant.
2. 
Serial number, engine number, year and description of the vehicle sought to be licensed.
3. 
New Jersey motor vehicle registration plate number of the vehicle sought to be licensed.
4. 
Color scheme of the vehicle of name, monogram or insignia to be used.
5. 
The length of time the vehicle has been in use.
6. 
Seating capacity of the vehicle.
7. 
Address from which the applicant intends to conduct the operation of such limousine sought to be licensed.
8. 
The applicant's prior criminal record, including all convictions of any crime and of any disorderly persons offense involving moral turpitude.
9. 
Any other pertinent information deemed necessary by the Director of Public Safety or Police Chief in the interest of safety, health and public welfare.
c. 
There shall be filed with the application:
1. 
A copy of the complete schedule of the rates to be charged.
2. 
A copy of the complete schedule of hours and days of intended operation of the vehicle.
[1974 Code § 23-47; Ord. #89-21]
Before any limousine license is issued, the Director of Public Safety or Police Chief shall make or cause to be made an investigation of the applicant's moral character. No such license shall be issued unless the Director/Chief determines that the applicant is of sufficiently good moral character to operate a limousine business in the Township.
[1974 Code § 23-48; Ord. #89-21]
Before any limousine license is issued, the vehicle sought to be licensed shall be driven to a place designated by the Director of Public Safety or Police Chief and the vehicle shall be inspected by the Director of Public Safety or his representative. No limousine license shall be issued unless the vehicle is found after inspection to be: thoroughly safe for the transportation of passengers; sanitary, clean and of good appearance and otherwise fit for the transportation of passengers; and in conformity with the provisions of this chapter.
[1974 Code § 23-49; Ord. #89-21; Ord. #01-11 § 15]
a. 
No limousine license shall be issued until the applicant for a limousine license (the owner of the limousine) shall have first filed with the Township Clerk an insurance policy of a company duly licensed to transact business under the insurance laws of New Jersey, conditioned for the payment of a sum not less than:
1. 
One million five hundred thousand ($1,500,000.00) dollars to satisfy all claims for damages on account of bodily injury or death suffered by any person as the result of an accident occurring by reason of the ownership, maintenance or use of the limousine upon any public street.
2. 
Five thousand ($5,000.00) dollars to satisfy any claim for damages to property of any one (1) person resulting from an accident and a sum not less than ten thousand ($10,000.00) dollars to satisfy all claims for damages to property of all persons on account of such accident by reason of the ownership, operation, maintenance or use of such limousine upon any public street.
b. 
The Township Clerk shall notify the Director of Public Safety or Police Chief of the filing of the insurance policy required by Subsection a of this subsection.
c. 
The limousine license and operation thereunder shall be effective only so long as the insurance policy required by this subsection shall remain in full force to the full and collectible amounts as required by this section.
[1974 Code § 23-50; Ord. #89-21]
a. 
No vehicle covered by this chapter shall be licensed if the color scheme, identifying design, monogram, name or insignia to be used thereon shall, in the opinion of the Director of Public Safety or Police Chief, conflict with or imitate any color scheme, identifying design, monogram, name or insignia used on any other limousine in such a manner as to be misleading or to tend to deceive or defraud the public.
b. 
If, after a license has been issued for a limousine, the color scheme, identifying design, monogram, name or insignia thereof is changed so as to be, in the opinion of the Director of Public Safety or Police Chief, in conflict with or imitates any color scheme, identifying design, monogram, name or insignia used by any other licensed limousine, in such a manner as to be misleading or to tend to deceive the public, the license covering such limousine may be suspended or revoked by the Director of Public Safety or Police Chief as provided in Subsection 10-5.1.
[1974 Code § 23-51; Ord. #89-21; Ord. #01-11 § 16; Ord. #04-56; Ord. #10-74]
a. 
Upon approval of the application by the Police Chief and the payment of the fees prescribed in Subsection c of this subsection, the Township Clerk shall issue a limousine license to the owner.
b. 
All licenses shall be issued for one (1) year commencing on April 1st and expiring the following March 31st. For the current year 2010, the term for licenses for limousines shall be extended for one (1) month expiring on March 31st, 2011.
c. 
The annual license fee, which is imposed for the purpose of regulation and revenue, shall be fifty ($50.00) dollars for each limousine. There shall be a fee of twenty-five ($25.00) dollars for the replacement of a limousine license.
d. 
Every limousine license shall state the name of the owner, the official license number of the limousine, the date of the last inspection of such limousine and such other information as the Director of Public Safety or Police Chief may reasonably require. The license shall be signed by the Township Clerk and the Director of Public Safety or Police Chief.
e. 
Every limousine license shall be placed in a conspicuous part of the interior of the licensed limousine so as to be in full view of all passengers.
f. 
There shall be displayed with the limousine license a copy of the rate schedule and schedule of days and hours of operation as filed with the application for the limousine license.
[1974 Code § 23-52; Ord. #89-21]
a. 
Every limousine licensed under this chapter shall be driven during the months of March, July and October to a place designated by the Director of Public Safety, there to be inspected by the Director of Public Safety or his representative to ensure its safe and sanitary operation.
b. 
In addition to the regular inspections provided for by Subsection a of this subsection, it shall be the duty of the Director of Public Safety or his representative, at reasonable intervals, to inspect limousines to ascertain whether the provisions of this chapter are being observed.
c. 
The Director of Public Safety or Police Chief may order immediate removal from service any limousine which is, after inspection, found to be unsafe, unsanitary or in any other way unsuitable for limousine service. Such limousine shall not be returned to service until it has been reinspected and found to be suitable to limousine service by the Director of Public Safety or Police Chief.
[1974 Code § 23-53; Ord. #89-21]
The Director of Public Safety or Police Chief shall maintain detailed records concerning the inspection of limousines made pursuant to subsections 10-10.4 and 10-10.8 of this chapter.
[1974 Code § 23-54; Ord. #89-21]
The Director of Public Safety or Police Chief is hereby authorized and empowered to establish reasonable rules and regulations for the inspection of vehicles, their appurtenances, construction or condition provided for in this chapter.
[1974 Code § 23-55; Ord. #89-21; Ord. #01-11 § 17; Res. of 6-13-06; amended 5-7-2019 by Ord. No. 19-63]
The number of limousine licenses shall not exceed 31. The 31 limousine licenses are not to include prior approvals to GEM Limousine. However, nothing herein shall prevent the Municipal Council from increasing or decreasing, by resolution, the number of licenses should the public convenience and necessity so require.
[1974 Code § 23-56; Ord. #89-21; Ord. #01-11 § 18]
The vehicle described on the limousine license may be substituted or replaced by another vehicle only after written permission therefor is received from the Director of Public Safety or Police Chief. The Director of Public Safety or Police Chief shall not grant such permission until:
a. 
The existing license application is amended to include the relevant information with respect to the substituted vehicle.
b. 
The vehicle substituted has been inspected as required by Subsection 10-10.4.
c. 
The vehicle complies with all the requirements of this chapter and the insurance policy required pursuant to Subsection 10-10.5 has been amended to disclose the substitution of the new vehicle.
d. 
A fee of fifty ($50.00) dollars shall be paid to the Township Clerk for substitute vehicles.
e. 
The license for said substitute vehicle shall have the same effective date and expiration date of the original vehicle's license.
[1974 Code § 23-57; Ord. #89-21; Ord. #01-11 § 19]
a. 
Limousine licenses issued pursuant to this section may be sold, assigned, mortgaged or otherwise transferred by the designated person to whom such licenses were issued provided that such transfer takes place simultaneously with the sale of the business and that the transferee of the licenses will be the new owner of the business.
b. 
Any licenses not transferred to the new owner of the business shall immediately and automatically revert back to the Township.
[1974 Code § 23-58; Ord. #89-21]
No person shall drive a limousine for hire upon the streets of the Township and no person who owns or controls a limousine shall permit it to be so driven and no limousine licensed by the Township shall be so driven for hire unless the driver of the limousine shall have first obtained and shall have then in force and in his possession a limousine driver's license issued by the Director of Police, as provided in this section.
[1974 Code § 23-59; Ord. #89-21; Ord. #01-11 §§ 20, 21; Ord. #03-14; Ord. No. 2018-88]
No limousine driver's license shall be issued unless the applicant therefor:
a. 
Is at least eighteen (18) years of age.
b. 
Is a resident of the State of New Jersey for six (6) months or more.
c. 
Is the holder of a current and valid automobile driver's license issued by the State of New Jersey, Motor Vehicle Commission.
d. 
Is able to speak the English language.
e. 
United States citizenship is not required; however, proof of legal residency is required, i.e. visa, green card.
f. 
Is not addicted to the use of narcotics or intoxicating liquors.
g. 
Produces statements of his good character from two (2) reputable citizens of the Township.
[1974 Code § 23-60; Ord. #89-21; Ord. #01-11 § 22]
a. 
An application for a limousine driver's license shall be filed with and on forms provided by the Police Department. Every application shall be verified under oath and shall contain the following:
1. 
Full name and address of the applicant.
2. 
Age, color, height, weight, color of eyes, color of hair.
3. 
Place of birth.
4. 
Marital status.
5. 
Places of residence for the preceding five (5) years.
6. 
Length of time the applicant has resided in the Township.
7. 
Previous employment and employer.
8. 
The applicant's prior criminal record, including all convictions of any crimes and disorderly person's offenses.
9. 
Length of time the applicant has been a licensed automobile driver of the State of New Jersey.
10. 
Whether a driver's license issued to him by New Jersey, any other State or any municipality has been suspended or revoked and for what cause.
11. 
Such other reasonable information as the Director of Public Safety or Police Chief may require.
b. 
Any misrepresentation of any material fact made or disclosed in the application shall be cause for refusal and revocation of the license or the imposition of the penalty provided for in Subsection 10-13.2.
c. 
The applicant shall submit himself to be photographed and fingerprinted by the Police Department. This requirement shall be waived for any applicant who has been issued a commercial driver's license by the State of New Jersey.
[1974 Code § 23-61; Ord. #89-21]
Before any limousine driver's license is issued, the Director of Public Safety shall investigate or cause to be investigated the driving record and moral character of the applicant.
[Ord. #89-21; Ord. #01-11 § 23; Ord. #04-56; Ord. #06-03]
a. 
If the Police Chief determines that the applicant for a limousine license has a sufficiently good driving record and sufficiently good moral character and has met all other qualifications, he shall inform the Township Clerk. Upon the payment of the limousine driver's license fee of fifty ($50.00) dollars, the Township Clerk shall issue a limousine license to the applicant. For any license issued between July 1st and December 31st, the fee shall be twenty-five ($25.00) dollars. There shall be a fee of twenty-five ($25.00) dollars for the replacement of a limousine driver's license.
b. 
All limousine driver's licenses shall be issued for the calendar year and shall expire on December 31 of the year of issuance, unless sooner suspended or revoked by the Director of Public Safety pursuant to Subsection 10-13.1.
[1974 Code § 23-65; Ord. #89-21]
a. 
Every limousine driver's license shall contain the name, signature and photograph of the licensee and such other information as the Director of Public Safety may reasonably require. Such license shall be signed by the Director of Public Safety and by the Township Clerk.
b. 
Whenever the licensed limousine driver is operating a licensed limousine, the limousine driver's license shall be placed in a conspicuous part of the interior of the licensed limousine which the licensee is authorized to operate and shall be placed adjacent to the limousine license.
[1974 Code § 23-64; Ord. #89-21]
No limousine driver's license issued pursuant to this section may be sold, assigned, mortgaged or otherwise transferred by the designated person to whom such license was issued.
[1974 Code § 23-65; Ord. #89-21]
All requirements in this section pertaining to limousine drivers shall also apply to the owners of such limousines to be driven by such drivers.
[1974 Code § 23-66; Ord. #89-21]
All limousine drivers, when operating their limousines, shall be clean and neat of dress.
[1974 Code § 23-67; Ord. #89-21]
Every limousine driver shall, upon the completion of each and every trip, make a search of the limousine for any property lost or inadvertently left therein, and any such property, unless sooner claimed by or delivered to the rightful owner, shall be taken to the Police Department within six (6) hours of the finding thereof.
[1974 Code § 23-68; Ord. #89-21]
All limousine drivers shall comply with all reasonable and lawful requests of passengers as to speed and the route to be taken. Where such requests are not made by the passenger, such driver shall use lawful and reasonable speed and the most expeditious route to be taken to such passenger's destination.
[1974 Code § 23-69; Ord. #89-21]
No driver of any limousine shall induce any prospective passenger to employ him by misinforming or misleading any such prospective passenger, either as to time or place of the arrival or departure of any train or motor bus or as to the location of any building or place or as to the distance between any two (2) points.
[1974 Code § 23-70; Ord. #89-21]
Any motor vehicle accident involving a limousine and causing injury to a person or persons or damage to property in excess of one hundred ($100.00) dollars shall be reported immediately by the driver to the Police Department and the limousine shall not be moved until released by the police, except in an emergency where there is immediate danger to life or limb.
[1974 Code § 23-71; Ord. #89-21]
No owner or driver of any licensed limousine shall permit the use of such limousines for any illegal or immoral purpose.
[1974 Code § 23-72; Ord. #89-21]
a. 
All persons engaged in the limousine business in the Township operating under the provisions of this chapter shall render an overall service to the public desiring to use limousines.
b. 
Holders of limousine licenses shall maintain a central place of business which shall be kept open for the purpose of receiving calls and dispatching limousines, for at least the minimum hours stipulated on the limousine license.
c. 
All limousine licensees or their representatives shall answer all calls received for limousine service inside the Township limits as soon as they can do so. If such services cannot be rendered within a reasonable time, they shall then notify the prospective passenger as to how long it will be before the call can be answered and give the reason therefor.
d. 
Any licensee under this chapter or his representative who shall refuse to accept a call for limousine service anywhere within the Township limits at any time when such licensee has a limousine available or who shall fail or refuse to give overall service shall be deemed a violator of this chapter.
[1974 Code § 23-73; Ord. #89-21]
No driver shall permit any other person to occupy or ride in the limousine unless the person or persons first employing a limousine shall consent to the acceptance of an additional passenger or passengers.
[1974 Code § 23-74; Ord. #89-21; Ord. #01-11 § 24]
a. 
The number of passengers permitted to be carried in any taxicab shall be in accordance with the particular vehicle manufacturer's passenger capacity specifications.
b. 
Transportation of all passengers shall be in accordance with all applicable New Jersey State Statutes and regulations.
[1974 Code § 23-75; Ord. #89-21]
The driver of any limousine shall, upon request of any passenger, render to such passenger a receipt for the fare charged. The receipt shall state the name of the driver, the limousine license number, the amount of the fare, the points of origin and destination and the date and time of the transaction.
[1974 Code § 23-76; Ord. #89-21]
No person shall present, hold out or advertise any vehicle as a limousine by the use of the words, "taxi," "cab" or "limousine" or otherwise, if such vehicle is not licensed under this chapter.
[1974 Code § 23-77; Ord. #89-21]
a. 
The holder of each and every limousine license shall record in a book kept solely for such purpose the time of departure from and the time of return to the garage of each vehicle licensed under this chapter, the name and an address of the driver thereof, the license number of the driver and the license number of the vehicle.
b. 
The record book shall be kept open for inspection at all times by a duly authorized representative of the Police Department.
[1974 Code § 23-78; Ord. #89-21]
a. 
The licensed driver of each limousine shall keep a daily record upon which all trips shall be recorded. The daily record shall show the time and place of origin and destination of each trip and the amount of fare received for each trip. All such records shall be given to the holder of the limousine license and shall be retained for two (2) years by such holder. The holder of the limousine license shall be responsible for the maintenance of daily records of all limousines operated by him.
b. 
The forms of such record shall be of a character approved by the Director of Public Safety.
[1974 Code § 23-79; Ord. #89-21]
No person shall make or disclose any false statement in any application or in any record required to be kept or maintained by this chapter.
[1974 Code § 23-80; Ord. #89-21]
It shall be unlawful for any person to:
a. 
Refuse to pay the legal fare after having hired the limousine; and
b. 
Hire any limousine with intent to defraud the person from whom it is hired of the value of such service.
[1974 Code § 23-81; Ord. #89-21]
No holder of a limousine license or a limousine driver's license shall charge more than the fare as stated on the rate card filed with the limousine license application pursuant to Subsection 10-10.2 of this chapter and as displayed pursuant to Subsection 10-10.7 of this chapter.
[1974 Code § 23-82; Ord. #89-21]
The Director of Public Safety or Police Chief is hereby authorized to locate and designate as public limousine stands such places in and about the Township as he deems necessary and proper and further to designate the number of limousines permitted to stand at such designated places. The Director of Public Safety or Police Chief may revoke the designation or may alter the number of limousines permitted to stand at such place.
[1974 Code § 23-83; Ord. #89-21]
a. 
Any limousine license or limousine driver's license issued pursuant to this chapter may be suspended for not more than twenty (20) days by the Director of Public Safety if:
1. 
The licensee has violated or has not fully complied with the requirements, conditions or any provision of this chapter; or
2. 
The licensee has violated any ordinance of the Township or law of the United States or this State, the violation of which reflects unfavorably on the fitness of the licensee to be so licensed.
b. 
Any licensee whose license is suspended pursuant to Subsection a of this subsection shall be given a hearing before the Director of Public Safety during the twenty (20) day period of suspension upon at least five (5) days' notice in writing.
c. 
After the hearing, the Director of Public Safety shall determine whether the qualifications of the licensee have been so adversely affected as to require an extension of the suspension or a revocation of the licensee.
d. 
If the Director of Public Safety determines that further suspension or a revocation is not warranted, he shall reinstate the suspended license as soon as practicable.
[1974 Code § 23-84; Ord. #89-21]
a. 
Any person who violates or permits, aids or abets the violation of any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be liable to the penalty stated in Chapter 1, § 1-5. A separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day during or on which a violation occurs or continues.
b. 
In addition to the penalty provided in Subsection a of this subsection, any limousine license or driver's license may be suspended or revoked as provided in this chapter.