Township of Belleville, NJ
Essex County
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Editor's Note: Prior ordinance history includes portions of Ordinance Nos. 116K, 1972 and 2092.
[Ord. No. 2870 § 7.1; Ord. No. 3339]
As used in this chapter, the following terms have the meanings indicated:
COMMITTEE
Shall mean the Transportation Committee.
CRUISING
Shall mean the driving of a taxicab, limousine, livery or omnibus on the streets or public places of the Township in search of or soliciting prospective passengers for hire.
DISPATCHER
Shall mean the person placed in charge of the dispatch office by the holder.
HEARING
Shall mean a public hearing before the Transportation Committee at which the licensee is given an opportunity to appear personally or be represented by counsel and be heard and to present evidence on his behalf.
HOLDER
Shall mean a person to whom a taxicab, limousine, livery or omnibus license has been issued with either livery plates or omnibus plates.
OPERATION
Shall mean the operation of a taxi/autocab shall consist of transporting in such taxi/autocab of one or more persons for hire. A taxi/autocab which is operated or run, over any of the streets within the Township, to seek or accept passengers for transportation from points or places to points or places within or outside the Township shall be deemed to be operation of a taxi/autocab within the Township. A taxi/autocab parked or idling on a Township street or accepting a passenger for hire from a point of departure within the Township shall be deemed to be in operation. Operation of a taxi/autocab by one other than the owner shall be deemed operation by the owner, as well as operation by the person actually driving the taxi/autocab. The transportation in or through the Township of any person other than the owner or driver of any motor vehicle bearing signs therein or thereon using the word "taxi," cab," "autocab," "car service," "hack," "dial a ride," "call a ride," "transport," "transport vehicle," "car service," or "transportation" shall be prima facie evidence of operation.
TAXI DRIVER LICENSE
Shall mean the permit issued by the Transportation Committee to a person to drive a taxicab upon the streets of the Township.
TAXICAB
Shall mean any automobile, limousine, livery or omnibus or other motor vehicle engaged in the business of transporting passengers for hire or pay within the Township, whether operated from stands in the street or dispatched by telephone calls or garages or in any other manner, it being the intention of this chapter to include in the definition of "taxicab" such vehicles as carry passengers for hire or pay for which public patronage is solicited. Any motor vehicle, other than a bus or autobus, traveling on designated routes using the streets of the Township for the purpose of carrying passengers for hire, for which public patronage is solicited, and the owner of which vehicle holds himself out as a public carrier, shall be deemed a "taxicab" and shall be licensed as such.
TOWNSHIP
Shall mean the Township of Belleville, New Jersey.
TRANSFER
Shall mean to sell, transfer or in any other manner dispose of a taxicab license. Where the license is in the name of a corporation or other legal entity, any change in majority ownership of the corporation or other legal entity shall constitute a "transfer" thereof.
WAITING TIME
Shall mean the time during which a taxicab is not in motion from the time of acceptance of a passenger or passengers to the time of discharge. "Waiting time" does not include any time during which the taxicab is not in motion due to any cause other than the request, act or fault of a passenger or passengers.
[Ord. No. 2870 § 7.2]
a. 
In order to ensure the safety of the public, it shall be unlawful for the holder of a taxicab license to operate or cause or permit a taxicab to be operated, nor shall any license be issued under this chapter, unless and until the applicant shall have complied with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 48:16-1 to 48:16-12 and the acts amendatory thereof or supplemental thereto.
b. 
The statutory insurance policy issued for the term of the license shall be delivered to the Chief of Police or his designee with the application for the license. Upon issuance of the license, the policy approved as to form by the Township Attorney shall be thereupon filed forthwith in the office of the Township Clerk. This provision shall not exclude six-month insurance policies issued pursuant to full statutory requirements.
c. 
The license shall be effective only so long as the statutory insurance policy shall remain in full force to the full and collectible amounts as required by the statute.
d. 
In the event of the cancellation of the insurance, the license shall terminate upon the effective date of the cancellation, unless prior thereto the insurance has been reinstated by withdrawal of the cancellation or a new policy or insurance is delivered to the Chief of Police for the remainder of the license.
e. 
It shall be the duty of the holder of a taxicab license to, at all times keep in the taxicab an insurance card issued by the Township Clerk, showing that the statutory insurance is in full force and effect at the time of operation of the taxicab. It shall be unlawful to operate a taxicab without said insurance card and to produce it upon demand.
[Ord. No. 2870 § 7.4; Ord. No. 3363]
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 without having first obtained a taxicab license from the Transportation Committee.
b. 
It shall be unlawful or a violation of this Chapter for taxicabs licensed in other municipalities to receive passengers in the Township of Belleville and regularly discharging passengers originating in other municipalities in the Township of Belleville without having first obtained a license from the Transportation Committee.
[Ord. No. 2870 § 7.5]
a. 
An application for a taxicab license or renewal thereof shall be filed with the Transportation Committee upon forms provided by the Township. Said application shall be verified under oath and shall contain the following information:
1. 
Name and address of the applicant; and where the applicant is not a natural person, the name and address of all owners or participants in the ownership of the legal entity and all officers, directors and others of like position, whatever their title.
2. 
The year, type and model of vehicle for which the license is desired, together with clear photograph of the front, rear and sides of the same.
3. 
The number of persons the vehicle is capable of carrying.
4. 
A statement that the applicant has never been convicted in any state of a high misdemeanor or a violation of this chapter or any prior ordinance of the Township relating to taxicabs.
5. 
Such further information as the Transportation Committee may reasonably require.
b. 
The annual application for renewal of taxicab licenses shall be filed not later than 30 days prior to the expiration date.
[Ord. No. 2870 § 7.6]
The Transportation Committee shall be empowered to issue or refuse to issue licenses or renewals thereof pursuant to the provisions of this chapter. The applicant shall be permitted to appeal to the Municipal Council at its next regular meeting from the Transportation Committee's refusal to issue a license. In refusing any such license, the Transportation Committee shall state the reasons therefor in writing, and, if the same is deemed lawful and proper by the Municipal Council, such refusal shall be sustained. The maximum number of taxicab and limousine licenses issued or outstanding at any one time shall not exceed 100.
[Ord. No. 2870 § 7.7]
The Committee shall have the power to refuse a license required by subsection 7-4.1 on the ground that public convenience currently does not require additional licensed taxicabs or that public safety will be best served by the refusal to issue any additional licenses or that the taxistand desired is not in the interest of the public health, safety or welfare.
[Ord. No. 2870 § 7.8]
a. 
A taxicab license shall be for a period of one year or for such lesser period of time as the insurance required pursuant to Section 7-2 remains in full force.
b. 
No license shall be issued or renewed unless the applicant therefor has paid an initial license fee. The fee charged for renewal or extension of said license within a one-year-period shall be set forth in Chapter 4, General Licensing for each renewal or extension provided in accordance with the provisions of the Revised General Ordinances of the Township of Belleville. Such license fees shall be in addition to any other fee or charge made or established by proper authorities and applicable to said holder for the vehicle or vehicles under his operation and control.
[Ord. No. 2870 § 7.9]
No taxicab license may be sold, assigned or otherwise transferred without the consent of the Transportation Committee. A license may be transferred to another person to be used in the bona fide operation of a taxicab business with the consent of the Transportation Committee after filing of an application as provided in this chapter and upon the payment of a transfer fee as set forth in Chapter 4, General Licensing. No transfer may be made during the month of January.
[Ord. No. 2870 § 7-10]
No person shall operate 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 operated, and no taxicab licensed by the Township shall be so operated at any time for hire, unless the driver of said taxicab shall have first obtained and shall have currently in force a taxicab driver's license issued under the provisions of this chapter.
[Ord. No. 2870 § 7-11]
No taxicab driver's license shall be issued to any person unless such person shall be a holder of a taxicab license or be the lessee, servant, employee or agent of such holder.
[Ord. No. 2870 § 7-12]
No taxicab driver's license shall be issued unless the applicant therefor:
a. 
Furnishes satisfactory evidence that he has been the holder for at least one year immediately prior to the date of application of a valid New Jersey automobile driver's license;
b. 
Is at least 21 years of age;
c. 
Has been a resident of the State of New Jersey for at least one year;
d. 
Is able to read and write the English language;
e. 
(Reserved); and
f. 
Affirms that he has never been convicted in any state of a crime or a violation of this chapter or any prior ordinance of the Township relating to taxicabs.
[Ord. No. 2870 § 7-13]
a. 
An application for a taxi driver's license shall be filed with the Transportation Committee upon forms provided by the Township. The application shall contain the following information:
1. 
Name and address of the applicant.
2. 
Places of residence for the preceding five years.
3. 
Age, height, color of eyes and color of hair.
4. 
Place of birth.
5. 
Marital status.
6. 
Previous employment and employer.
7. 
Whether the applicant has ever been convicted of a crime or violation of this chapter or any ordinance of the Township governing taxicabs.
8. 
Whether a driver's license issued by any state or municipality to him has ever been suspended or revoked, and for what cause.
b. 
The application shall be accompanied by four passport-type photographs of the applicant taken within 30 days of the application, front view, size two by two inches.
c. 
When required by the Transportation Committee, said application shall be accompanied by a certificate of a licensed physician of the State of New Jersey, dated within 30 days prior to the filing of the application, stating that in its opinion the applicant is physically sound, with good eyesight, and is not subject to epilepsy, vertigo, heart trouble or any other infirmity of body or mind which might make him unfit for the safe operation of a taxicab.
d. 
Upon an initial application for a taxi driver's license, the applicant shall submit to fingerprinting by the Police Department of the Township.
e. 
The application shall also be accompanied by the license fee prescribed.
[Ord. No. 2870 § 7-14]
a. 
Upon filing of an application for a taxicab or limousine driver's license, the Police Department shall conduct an investigation. The applicant's photograph and fingerprints, where required, shall be forwarded to the Bureau of Records and Identification. A report of such investigation and a copy of the traffic and police record of the applicant, if any, shall be attached to the application and returned to the Transportation Committee for its consideration.
b. 
The Transportation Committee shall consider the application and the reports and physician's certificate required to be attached thereto and shall approve or reject the application. No license shall be issued until the receipt of a written report from said Bureau of Records and Identification containing the result of its investigation of the applicant. If a delay of more than 30 days is encountered between the date of fingerprinting and the receipt of the results of a fingerprint check through the files of the Federal Bureau of Investigation or the New Jersey State Police, the Transportation Committee may issue a temporary license for a period of not more than six months based upon the results of an examination of the fingerprint files of the Township Police Department. If, when received, the result of the examination of the fingerprint files of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, or the New Jersey State Police shows that the applicant may be ineligible to receive a license, the temporary license may be revoked immediately and the applicant rejected. If the applicant is rejected, the applicant may request a hearing before the Transportation Committee to offer evidence why his application should be reconsidered.
[Ord. No. 2870 § 7-15]
Upon the approval of the Transportation Committee of an application for a taxicab driver's license, a license shall be issued. The license shall bear the name, signature and recent photograph of the applicant and shall bear the signature of the Chairman of the Transportation Committee.
[Ord. No. 2870 § 7-16]
a. 
Each taxicab driver's license shall be for a period ending on December 31 following its issuance and shall expire on that date.
b. 
The fee for a taxicab driver's license shall be as set forth in Chapter 4, General Licensing, per year.
c. 
While a taxicab driver is operating a taxicab his taxi driver's license shall be displayed as provided in Section 7-10 of this chapter.
[Ord. No. 2870 § 7-17]
Every holder of a taxicab license shall be responsible for the operation of the vehicle for which the license has been granted regardless of the legal relationship between such holder and the driver of said vehicle.
[Ord. No. 2870 § 7-18]
a. 
Rules and regulations shall be promulgated by the Transportation Committee to provide safe transportation of the public and shall specify such safety equipment and regulatory devices as it shall deem necessary.
b. 
No driver shall operate and no owner shall permit to be operated a taxicab in which a child five years of age or younger is a passenger unless a child 18 months of age or younger is in a Federally approved car seat, regardless of whether such child is in the front or rear seat; and a child over 18 months of age but less than five years is in a car seat, if a front seat passenger, or is in a lap belt and shoulder harness, if a rear seat passenger.
c. 
No taxicab license shall be issued to or renewed for any taxicab fleet, taxicab mini fleet, independent taxicab or limousine unless and until proof shall have been given to the Transportation Committee that such taxicab fleet, mini fleet, independent owner, or limousine owner has adequately provided for the safety of children under the age of five years who are passengers in a taxicab operated by them, as set forth in paragraph b.
d. 
In the case of a taxicab fleet, or mini fleet, such proof shall consist of a written policy or posted notice at the base of operation and in all fleet taxicabs, conspicuous to drivers, setting forth that prior to the operation of the taxicab, children 18 months of age or younger who are passengers in a taxicab shall be placed in Federally approved car seats and children over 18 months of age but less than five years must be in a car seat, if riding in the front seat of the cab, or in a lap and/or lap and shoulder harness, if riding in the rear of the taxicab. A taxi fleet or mini fleet must at all times keep and maintain in fleet vehicles or at the base of operation a total number of Federally approved car seats equal to 25% of the number of licensed taxicabs in its fleet, which shall at all times be available for use by drivers of fleet taxicabs. If a request is made for a taxicab by telephone, the dispatcher shall inquire about the presence and age of children who will be making the ride and inform the caller of the policy set forth in paragraph b. He or she will dispatch only a taxicab with a car seat if there is a child 18 months or younger. Fleet or mini fleet owners who stop for a fare must comply with paragraph b. If a car seat is required and the particular driver does not have one, he or she must pass up the fare.
e. 
In the case of an independent owner, such proof shall consist of evidence that the independent owner keeps and maintains a Federally approved car seat in the passenger compartment or trunk of the licensed vehicle at all times, for use in accordance with subsection b above.
f. 
Holders of taxicab licenses prior to the effective date of Section 7-7b of the Revised General Ordinances of the Township of Belleville shall have 30 days from the effective date of Section 7-7b of the Revised General Ordinances of the Township of Belleville to comply with these requirements before any penalty may be imposed for violations thereof. The license of any taxicab owner or driver who has not complied with the requirements of Section 7-7b of the Revised General Ordinances of the Township of Belleville after the passage of said thirty-day grace period shall be subject to penalties provided in Section 7-37 of the Revised General Ordinances of the Township of Belleville of such violations. The requirement of Section 7-7b of the Revised General Ordinances of the Township of Belleville shall be strictly applied to any application for licensure or renewal of a license after the effective date of Section 7-7b of the Revised General Ordinances of the Township of Belleville.
[Ord. No. 2870 § 7-19]
Prior to the use and operation of any vehicle under the provisions of this chapter, said vehicle must pass New Jersey State inspection and Township inspection. The Transportation Committee may examine any and all such licensed vehicles at any time or order any inspection at any time.
[Ord. No. 2870 § 7-20]
Every vehicle operating under this chapter shall, at all times, be maintained in a sanitary condition, shall be mechanically sound and the interior and exterior shall be kept in good order, free from dirt, dust, dents or other damage. Vehicles involved in accidents but are safe to operate may continue in service after inspection by the Transportation Committee or their designee for a maximum of 30 days.
[Ord. No. 2870 § 7-21]
a. 
Every taxicab shall bear the following identification:
1. 
A card at least three inches in height by five inches in length, setting forth in legible letters the name of the owner, the license number of the vehicle and year of issue, which card shall be so affixed on the side of the taximeter that it is visible to any passenger within the taxicab.
2. 
The taxicab driver's license issued by the Transportation Committee shall be so affixed as to be visible to any passenger within the taxicab.
3. 
Each taxicab shall bear on the outside of each rear door and in the center of the rear trunk deck lid, in painted letters, in contrasting colors, not less than eight inches in length, the taxi identification number assigned by the Transportation Committee, which number shall run in sequence and not be duplicated. Additionally, each taxicab shall bear on the outside of each front door, in painted letters, not less than three inches in height, in contrasting colors, the name of the owner, association of which the owner is a member or registered trade name by which the owner conducts business.
4. 
The name of the owner or corporate owner shall be painted in legible letters two inches in height on the rear doors.
5. 
The schedule of rates as established in Section 7-12 of the Revised General Ordinances shall be painted on each of the rear doors of every taxicab operating in the Township of Belleville.
b. 
Each taxicab shall be painted a distinctive color so that it can be easily distinguished by the public. Said colors shall first be approved by the Transportation Committee.
c. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to operate any vehicle not licensed under this chapter in such a manner as to mislead or tend to mislead, deceive or defraud the public into believing that said vehicle is a taxicab or is being operated as a taxicab.
d. 
In the event the name of the owner or the trade name of the owner or association includes the name of a color and said name is painted or placed on the outside front doors of the taxicab, then the color referred to in the name or association shall be the dominant color scheme of the body of the taxicab. This provision shall become effective and applied to new taxicab vehicles acquired after the effective date of the chapter.
[This chapter was adopted November 9, 2000 by Ordinance No. 2870.]
e. 
No taxicab covered by the terms of this chapter shall be licensed if the color scheme or the name, monogram or insignia to be used thereon shall conflict with or imitate any color scheme, monogram, name or insignia used by any other person, firm or corporation operating a taxicab or taxicabs in the Township in such a manner as to mislead or tend to mislead, deceive or defraud the public.
f. 
If, after a license has been issued for a taxicab hereunder, the color scheme, name, monogram or insignia used by such person, firm or corporation operating a taxicab or taxicabs in the Township mislead or tends to mislead, deceive or defraud the public, the license for such taxicab or taxicabs may be revoked by the Transportation Committee after notice to the owner.
[Ord. No. 2870 § 7-22]
Fares shall be set by rate schedule set forth by the Transportation Committee.
[Ord. No. 2870 § 7-23]
a. 
It shall be unlawful for the owner or driver of a taxicab to charge or cause to be charged for the use of a taxicab a sum greater than the following rates:
1. 
Between points within the Township. For conveying the first one or more passengers between any two points within the corporate limits of the Township, the rates shall be a flat rate of $6.
2. 
For each minute of waiting time: $0.25.
3. 
Notwithstanding the foregoing rates, there shall be a minimum charge of $2 and $2.50.
b. 
If one or more passengers is a senior citizen 65 years or older, a discount of 10% of the final charge shall be granted upon proof of age.
c. 
A legible printed schedule of the rates shall be conspicuously posted within the taxicab so that it is visible to the passengers, which printed schedule shall be provided by the Transportation Committee. Said schedule shall also be conspicuously posted in the office of the Transportation Committee and at the principal place of business of each taxicab company operating within the Township of Belleville.
[Ord. No. 2870 § 7-24]
a. 
All disputes as to the rate of fare shall be reported by the driver to the dispatcher. The dispatcher shall make a record of the dispute in the official log book. If the dispatcher is unable to resolve said dispute, he shall refer same to the Transportation Committee.
b. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to fail to comply with a determination described in paragraph a of this Section or hire any taxicab with intent to defraud the person from whom it is hired of the value of such services.
[Ord. No. 2870 § 7-25]
No person, other than the licensed driver of the taxicab, shall ride or sit in the front seat of the taxicab unless the rear seat is fully occupied by passengers. This provision shall not apply to passengers who must sit in the front seat for physical or health reasons.
[Ord. No. 2870 § 7-26]
a. 
It shall not be unlawful for the owner of any taxicab to hire out or rent such taxicab to a taxicab driver or any other person for use within the Township for a stipulated sum over a specific period of time, provided that:
1. 
Said licensee is licensed by the Township to drive a taxicab upon the streets of the Township; and
2. 
The owner files with the Transportation Committee a certificate of insurance that the operators and drivers of such taxicabs are covered by worker's compensation insurance in accordance with the laws of the State of New Jersey. The period of insurance coverage as evidenced by said certificate shall be concurrent with the term of the license.
b. 
No holder of a taxicab license or driver of a taxicab shall knowingly permit his taxicab to be used for any illegal or immoral purpose.
[Ord. No. 2870 § 7-27]
a. 
No taxicab driver shall solicit passengers for a taxicab except when sitting in the driver's compartment of such taxicab or while standing immediately adjacent to the curb side thereof.
b. 
No taxicab driver shall solicit taxicab patronage in a loud tone of voice or in any manner annoying any person or obstruct the movement of any person or follow any person for the purpose of soliciting patronage.
[Ord. No. 2870 § 7-28]
Taxicab drivers shall not receive or discharge passengers in the roadway but shall pull their taxicabs as close to the right-hand curb, or in the absence of a curb, to the extreme right-hand side of the road and there receive or discharge passengers. On one-way streets passengers may be discharged at either the right or left-hand curb or side of the roadway where no curb exists.
[Ord. No. 2780 § 7-29]
a. 
No driver shall cruise in search of passengers except in such areas and at such times as may be designated by the Transportation Committee. Such areas and time shall be designated only when the Transportation Committee finds that taxicab cruising would not congest traffic or endanger pedestrians or other vehicles.
b. 
No driver shall cruise back and forth in front of or otherwise interfere with the orderly access to or egress from any place of public accommodation or assemblage.
[Ord. No. 2870 § 7-30]
a. 
No driver shall permit any other person to occupy or ride said taxicab unless the person or persons first employing the taxicab shall consent to the acceptance of an additional passenger or passengers.
b. 
No charge shall be made for an additional passenger except when the additional passenger rides beyond the previous passenger's destination.
c. 
Unless otherwise permitted by the Transportation Committee, no driver shall permit more than four persons to be carried in a taxicab as passengers. A child under six years of age shall not be counted as a passenger for the purposes of this section.
[Ord. No. 2870 § 7-31]
No driver shall refuse or neglect to carry any orderly person or persons, upon request, to the designation requested, unless the driver is previously engaged or unable or forbidden by the provisions of this chapter to do so.
[Ord. No. 2870 § 7-32]
a. 
It shall be unlawful for any taxicab driver to solicit business for any hotel, motel, rooming house, bar tavern, restaurant, theater and the like or to attempt to divert patronage from one business place to another.
b. 
No taxi driver, when engaged in the operation of a taxicab, shall sell intoxicating liquors or use his vehicle for any illegal purpose or for any purpose other than the transportation of passengers and their baggage.
[Ord. No. 2870 § 7-33]
A taxicab driver, when engaged in the operation of a taxicab, shall behave in a civil and courteous manner and shall not use any indecent, profane or insulting language.
[Ord. No. 2870 § 7-34]
When engaged in the operation of a taxicab, a taxicab driver shall be clean and neat of person and dress. Proper footgear shall be worn at all times.
[Ord. No. 2870 § 7-35]
Subject to such regulations as the Transportation Committee may promulgate, it shall be lawful for any person owning or operating a taxicab to permit advertising matter to be affixed or installed on the outside of such taxicab, provided that the location of such advertising matter on the taxicab shall not interfere with the comfort of passengers or the safe operation of the vehicle. Such advertising matter shall not be of a lewd, lascivious or obscene nature.
[Ord. No. 2870 § 7-36]
At the termination of each trip the driver of a taxicab shall thoroughly search the interior of such taxicab for any property lost or left therein by a passenger. Such property, unless sooner claimed or delivered to the owner, must be reported in writing by the driver or holder to the License Bureau with brief particulars and description within 24 hours after the same has been found.
[Ord. No. 2870 § 7-37]
It shall be unlawful for any person owning or operating a licensed taxicab to permit such taxicab to be operated by any person who does not hold a valid taxicab driver's license as required by this chapter.
[Ord. No. 2870 § 7-38]
a. 
Every person engaged in the taxicab business in the Township operating pursuant to the provisions of this chapter shall render general taxi service to the public desiring to use taxicabs.
b. 
Taxicab licensees or their representatives shall answer all calls received for taxicab service within Township limits as soon as they can reasonably do so. If such services cannot be rendered within a reasonable time, they shall then notify the prospective passenger as to how long a delay there will be before a call can be answered and state the reason therefor.
c. 
Any licensee or representative who shall refuse to accept a call for taxicab service anywhere within Township limits at any time when such holder has a taxicab available or who shall fail or refuse to render general taxi service shall be deemed in violation of this chapter.
[Ord. No. 2870 § 7-39]
No driver of any taxicab shall induce any passenger to employ him by knowingly misinforming or misleading any such prospective passenger either as to time or place of the arrival or departure of any train, motor vehicle or airplane or as to the location of any hotel, public place or private residence or as to the distance between any two points, nor shall such driver deceive any prospective passenger or make any false representations relative to the taxicab service requested.
[Ord. No. 2870 § 7-40]
No driver shall convey any passenger to any other place or over any route contrary to a passenger's instructions. Unless otherwise instructed by the passenger, the driver shall employ the most direct route practical between the points of departure or destination.
[Ord. No. 2870 § 7-41]
a. 
Except as otherwise provided in paragraph b hereof, the holder of a taxicab license shall require each driver to maintain, and the driver of each taxicab shall maintain, a daily record upon which all trips shall be recorded. The daily record shall show the taxicab numbers, license number of the driver, specific hours of duty, time and place of origin and destination of each trip and the amount of fare received for each trip. All such records shall be furnished to the holder of the license and shall be retained by him for one year. The holder shall be responsible for the maintenance of daily records for all taxicabs operated by him.
b. 
In the event that one or more taxicabs are dispatched by radio from a central location, the records required by paragraph a hereof shall be maintained at said dispatch office by the holder or his dispatcher.
c. 
Every holder shall record in a book, maintained solely for such purpose, the time of departure from the garage of every licensed taxicab, the name, address and license number of the driver thereof, the license number of the taxicab and the time of the taxicab's return to the garage.
d. 
All records required by this section shall be open to inspection by representatives of the Police Department. The records required to be maintained by this section shall be kept on forms approved by the Transportation Committee and supplied by the holder or dispatcher to the driver.
[Ord. No. 2870 § 7-42]
The Transportation Committee shall recommend the establishment of open stands in such places upon the streets of the Township as he deems necessary for the use of taxicabs operating in the Township. The Transportation Committee shall make such recommendation to the Municipal Council after taking into consideration the needs for such stands, the convenience to the general public and the recommendations of the Police and Fire Departments of the Township.
[Ord. No. 2870 § 7-43]
a. 
All stands shall be used by drivers on a first-come, first-serve basis. A driver entering a stand with his taxicab shall join any waiting taxicabs from the rear and advance forward as the preceding taxicabs depart.
b. 
Drivers shall remain within five feet of their respective taxicabs and shall not solicit passengers in a loud and boisterous manner or engage in loud or boisterous talk while waiting at a stand.
c. 
Nothing in this chapter shall prevent any passenger from boarding the taxicab of his choice at any stand.
d. 
The Transportation Committee shall prescribe the maximum number of taxicabs which may occupy any stand at one time.
e. 
Private vehicles or other vehicles for hire shall not at any time occupy a space upon the street established as a stand.
[Ord. No. 2870 § 7-44]
No person shall park or stand a taxicab in any prohibited area or in any area controlled by curb parking meters or at the curb within 15 feet of the entrance to a hotel, restaurant, or similar place of public accommodation or resort with the Township.
[Ord. No. 2870 § 7-45]
The Police Department shall observe the operations of the holders of taxicab and driver's licenses for the purpose of ensuring compliance with the provisions of this chapter.
[Ord. No. 2870 § 7-46]
All complaints and/or reports received pertaining to the subject matter of this chapter are to be forwarded to the Transportation Committee.
[Ord. No. 2870 § 7-47]
a. 
Prior to the suspension or revocation of a license or the imposition of a monetary penalty as provided in Section 7-37 of this chapter, the taxicab license holder and the taxicab driver shall be given written notice of the charges and shall be afforded a hearing before the Transportation Committee. The taxicab license holder and the taxicab driver may be represented by counsel. The decision of the Transportation Committee shall be subject to appeal to the Municipal Council of the Township. No such hearing, appeal or decision shall be unduly delayed.
b. 
The hearing provided for herein shall be recorded by electronic and other means.
c. 
In the event of an appeal, the licensee shall at his own cost and expense cause a written transcription of such recording to be made and shall serve upon the Municipal Clerk nine copies of same, together with nine copies of a written memorandum setting forth his grounds for an appeal.
d. 
In the event that the party charged does not appear at the time and place of hearing, then and in that event, the license shall be immediately suspended, and in the discretion of the Transportation Committee the matter may be referred to the Municipal Court.
[Ord. No. 2870 § 7-48]
a. 
Any taxicab license issued pursuant to this chapter may be suspended, pending a hearing, and/or may be revoked or suspended and/or a fine not to exceed $1,000 may be imposed upon the licensee by the Transportation Committee if the licensee has:
1. 
Violated any of the provisions of this chapter.
2. 
Discontinued operations for more than 180 consecutive days.
3. 
Violated any other ordinance of the Township or laws of the State of New Jersey or the United States, the violation of which reflect unfavorably on the fitness of the licensee to offer public transportation.
4. 
Knowingly permitted his licensed taxicab to be used for any illegal or immoral purpose.
5. 
Violated any regulation promulgated pursuant to this chapter.
b. 
If the suspension pending a hearing under the provisions of paragraph a of this section is for failure or refusal to comply with the provisions of this chapter, such suspension shall not exceed a period of 20 days.
c. 
Penalties provided under this chapter may be imposed upon the holder of the taxicab license, the taxicab driver, or both.
[Ord. No. 2870 § 7-49]
Any person who shall make any false statement in any application for a license or in any record that he is required to maintain pursuant to this chapter shall be subject to the penalties provided in Sections 7-36 and 7-37 of this chapter.
[Ord. No. 2870 § 7-50]
a. 
Any taxicab licensed under this chapter may be removed from the streets by the Transportation Committee if the taxicab is found to be unsafe or in any way unsuitable for taxicab service, or otherwise in violation of the provisions of Sections 7-7 to 7-9 of this chapter, inclusive.
b. 
If, within 60 days of the removal of the taxicab as provided in paragraph a of this section, the taxicab is not returned to service in full compliance with the provisions of this chapter, the Transportation Committee shall issue a complaint to the taxicab license holder.
c. 
No taxicab shall be placed into service that is more than 10 years old. Age is defined by the model year and not the date placed into service. In no event is a vehicle to be placed into service that is not mechanically sound and where the interior and exterior are not in good order. A vehicle may remain in service as long as it is mechanically sound and the interior and exterior are in good order.
[Ord. No. 2870 § 7-51]
No person, firm or corporation shall operate or permit the operation of a taxicab dispatch office without obtaining a license therefor from the Transportation Committee.
[Ord. No. 2870 § 7-52]
a. 
An application for a taxicab dispatch office license shall be filed with the Transportation Committee upon forms provided by it. Said application shall be under oath and shall contain the following information:
1. 
The name and address of the applicant and, when the applicant is not a natural person, the names and addresses of all owners of the legal entity and all officers, directors and others of like position, whatever their titles.
2. 
The address at which the dispatch office is to be maintained.
3. 
The names and addresses of all taxicab owners using the dispatch service.
b. 
In the event a taxicab dispatch office license is granted, the holder thereof shall report any changes in the information contained in the application therefor to the Transportation Committee within seven days.
[Ord. No. 2870 § 7-53]
A taxicab dispatch office license shall be for the year ending December 31 and shall expire on that date. No license shall be issued or renewed unless the applicant therefor has paid an annual license fee as set forth in Chapter 4, General Licensing.
[Ord. No. 2870 § 7-54]
No dispatch office licensed hereunder shall render service to or on behalf of any unlicensed taxicab or driver. All taxicab licenses issued to the holder shall be on file at all times at the dispatch office from which such taxicabs are dispatched.
[Ord. No. 3363]
a. 
Notwithstanding any inconsistent provision of law, any person using an taxicab in the Township of Belleville who meets the requirements set forth to obtain an taxicab license pursuant to the Revised General Ordinances of the Township of Belleville, and the rules promulgated pursuant thereto, as if he/she were a Township resident, shall, in lieu of such license, be issued an Out-of-Township vehicle license; provided however that this person satisfies all the conditions for the issuance of the Out-of-Township taxicab license and the transportation provided by such person complies with Section 7-41.3.
b. 
The effect of an Out-of-Township vehicle license shall be:
1. 
An Out-of-Township vehicle license shall authorize a person using an taxicab in the Township of Belleville, pursuant to this section, to use such vehicle to pick up passengers in the Township for hire on a prearranged basis only, to go solely to destinations outside the Township of Belleville, in accordance with Section 7-41.3.
2. 
The annual fee for such an Out-of-Township vehicle license shall be $50. Such license fee shall be in addition to any other fee(s) or charge(s) established by the proper authorities and applicable to the holder for any vehicles under his/her operation and control.
3. 
An Out-of-Township vehicle license shall expire on the last day of March following the issuance of said license.
c. 
An applicant for any Out-of-Township vehicle license must satisfy all of the following requirements:
1. 
A valid State of New Jersey for-hire vehicle registration, or a valid vehicle registration issued by the State of New Jersey which is valid for the transportation of persons for hire within that State;
2. 
That neither the applicant, nor any person or business entity engaged in transporting passengers by motor vehicle for hire, affiliated with such applicant, has either a place of business within the Township of Belleville, a telephone number with the Township of Belleville, or solicits any business or specifically advertises within the Township of Belleville, except for broadcast media or newspaper advertisements which indicate the place of business as being outside the Township of Belleville;
3. 
That the applicant has not had a Belleville vehicle license or its equivalent revoked, or has not been refused renewal of such vehicle license pursuant to Section 7-41.9; and
4. 
The applicant has been granted a license to operate as an taxicab by a political subdivision of the State of New Jersey or any other State of the United States.
d. 
If the Transportation Committee, after reviewing an application for an Out-of-Township vehicle license, and after an appropriate investigation and hearing, affording the applicant opportunity to be heard, finds that the applicant has made any false statement(s) or concealed any material fact(s) in connection with such application, the Transportation Committee may deny issuance of the license, or may refuse to renew, or suspend or revoke any such license, as may be appropriate, in its sole discretion.
e. 
A vehicle owner issued a license pursuant to this section shall maintain the conditions of issuance of the license as provided herein; violations of which are subject to fines as stated in Section 7-41.9 of this chapter.
[Ord. No. 3363]
a. 
A vehicle owner shall ensure that a valid Belleville Taxi License, evidencing an Out-of-Township vehicle license, is affixed to the right side of the rear bumper of the vehicle in a plainly visible manner.
b. 
No unauthorized entries shall be made on an Out-of-Township vehicle license or decal, nor shall they be altered or defaced in any manner whatsoever.
c. 
An unreadable, altered or defaced Out-of-Township vehicle license or decal shall immediately be surrendered by its holder to the Transportation Committee, with an affidavit or certification, or such information as may be required; and the owner shall immediately replace such license or decal, as appropriate.
d. 
Any person deliberately violating this section shall be fined in accordance with Section 7-41.9 of this chapter, but the minimum fine shall be $50 for a first offense.
[Ord. No. 3363]
a. 
A vehicle owner who holds an Out-of-Township vehicle license shall pick up passengers on a pre-arranged basis only. Street hails shall not be permitted. Further:
1. 
The vehicle shall be driven only by the holder of a driver's license which is valid for taxicab operation of the vehicle in the State of New Jersey or in any other State.
2. 
The vehicle shall be driven only by the holder of an taxicab vehicle driver's license where such license is required by the Township of Belleville unless such driver has submitted proof satisfactory to the Transportation Committee that the driver possesses any license or license which was granted by another State or political subdivision and for which such driver has been fingerprinted for the purpose of securing and reviewing his or her criminal history records.
b. 
A vehicle owner who holds an Out-of-Township vehicle license shall not both pick up and discharge the same passenger within the Township of Belleville, unless:
1. 
As part of the prearranged transportation, which begins with the pick up of a passenger in the Township of Belleville and ends with the discharge of a passenger outside of the Township, any temporary discharge and subsequent pick up of such passenger within the Township during the course of performing such prearranged transportation; and
2. 
There is no unauthorized intra-municipal transportation provided to any other person who is not covered by the prearranged transportation agreement during any period of discharge; and
3. 
Any person violating this section shall be fined in accordance with Section 7-41.9.
[Ord. No. 3363]
a. 
A vehicle owner shall ensure that a record of each transport authorized solely by an Out-of-Township vehicle license issued pursuant to Section 7-41.1 be entered prior to the commencement of the transport in a logbook carried in the vehicle. Such record shall be kept for a period of one year after such transport. The record of each such transport shall be written legibly in ink and shall include the following information:
1. 
The passenger's name;
2. 
The time of scheduled pick up of passengers;
3. 
The location of scheduled passengers;
4. 
The final destination of any or all passenger(s); and
5. 
The time of completion of the transport.
b. 
The log required in paragraph a of this section shall be kept in the vehicle during inter-municipal transport and shall be subject to inspection by any Police Officer or peace officer acting pursuant to his/her special duties or other person authorized by the Transportation Committee. Failure to present such a log maintained in the manner prescribed in paragraph a of this section, when requested by any such authorized person, shall be presumptive evidence of violation of this chapter.
[Ord. No. 3363]
Prior to the use and operation of any vehicle under the provisions of this Section, said vehicle must pass New Jersey State inspection and Township inspection. The Transportation Committee may examine any and all such licensed vehicles at any time or order any inspection at any time.
[Ord. No. 3363]
a. 
A vehicle owner who holds an Out-of-Township vehicle license shall be deemed to have designated each and every driver who operates such vehicle as his or her agent for accepting service by Transportation Committee personnel of summonses or notices to correct defects in the vehicle. Delivery of such summons or notice to a driver shall be deemed proper service of the summons or notice on the vehicle owner. The Transportation Committee shall, in addition, send a copy of any summons or notice to correct to the vehicle owner, at his/her last known business address, by ordinary mail.
[Ord. No. 3363]
a. 
A driver of a vehicle for which an Out-of-Township vehicle license has been obtained must be licensed by the Transportation Committee unless such driver has been issued a certificate by the Transportation Committee indicating that the driver possesses any license or permit that was granted by this or another State or political subdivision, and for which such driver has been fingerprinted for the purpose of securing and reviewing his/her criminal records.
b. 
A driver of a vehicle for which an Out-of-Township vehicle license has been requested, who is applying for a Transportation Committee drivers' license may request that the Transportation Committee mail a form and be fingerprinted at a local Police Station or government office, and have such Police or other government office send the fingerprints directly to the Transportation Committee.
[Ord. No. 3363]
No license is required for bases that dispatch vehicles for which an Out-of-Township vehicle license is necessary in order to operate within the Township of Belleville. Such bases may not have a place of business in the Township, a telephone number in the Township, or solicit business or specifically advertise in the Township, except for broadcast media or by newspaper advertisements.
[Ord. No. 3363]
a. 
All taxicab licenses issued under this Section shall be subject to the penalties of 7-37 of this Chapter.
b. 
Where the holder of an Out-of-Township vehicle license issued pursuant to Section 7-41.1 of these Revised General Ordinances has been found to have committed two or more violations of any of the provisions of these rules with respect to a particular motor vehicle within a twelve-month period, the Transportation Committee may revoke or refuse to renew the license for such motor vehicle, as well as any license or licenses issued pursuant to Section 7-41.1, for any other motor vehicle(s) owned or operated by such holder.
[Ord. No. 3363]
Any person who shall make any false statement(s) in any application for a license or in any record that he/she be required to maintain under this chapter shall be subject to penalties as provided in Section 7-41.9 and Section 7-41.12 of this chapter.
[Ord. No. 3363]
a. 
Any person who violates or licenses, aids or abets the violation of any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine not less than $100 nor exceeding $1,000 or by imprisonment for a term not to exceed 90 days, or both. A separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day during or on which a violation occurs or continues.
b. 
The penalties provided in paragraph a of this section shall be in addition to and not in lieu of penalties imposed under Section 7-41.9.