[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Ellenville 3-14-1974 as Ch. 21 of the Code of Ordinances. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Only licensed taxi drivers or taxicab licensees under this chapter may solicit business from hack stands, public highways or public or private property.
Licensed taxis under this chapter may use only those hack stands designated by the Village Board. The Board may relocate or abandon such stands in its exclusive discretion; however, each taxi owner shall be entitled to no more than one on-street location upon which shall be located one taxi only. Any other taxi licensed to said licensed owner shall be maintained and parked on private property. No more than one taxi from each license shall be allowed on each village block.
Notwithstanding anything which is contained in Subsection A of this § 210-2, during the period commencing on April 15 of each year and ending on November 15 of each year, the Village Board shall allocate to each taxi owner one hack stand for each taxicab owned by said taxi owner, and said taxi owner shall be authorized to use both of the hack stands so allocated to him to park his taxicabs on the street during the hours commencing at 9:00 p.m. and ending at 6:00 a.m. on the following day, provided that said taxi owner is open for business during those hours. It is the purpose of this subsection to allow a taxi owner who operates his business during the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. on the following day to park two taxicabs on the village streets (at the designated locations) between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. the following day during the period from April 15 to November 15 of each year. At all other times, the limitation of one on-street parking location contained in Subsection A of this § 210-2 shall be applicable.
[Added 10-21-1991 by L.L. No. 6-1991]
The operation of public carriages, cabs, hacks and automobiles or other vehicles for the transportation of persons over or upon the streets of the village for hire and the soliciting, either on private or public property or on public highways in the village, is hereby prohibited unless licensed as provided in §§ 210-3 through 210-7.
Before any license shall be issued under §§ 210-3 through 210-7, the applicant for such license shall be required to file with the Clerk of the village a verified application for such license on a blank furnished by the Village Clerk for that purpose, containing the name of the applicant, his date of birth, residence, length of residence in the village, business address, a brief description of the cab, satisfactory evidence of the good character of the applicant, proof of adequate insurance and evidence that the applicant is able to serve the public health, welfare and safety.
The maximum number of licenses to be issued under §§ 210-3 through 210-7 is hereby limited, in the interest of public health, welfare and safety, to 10. No village taxi license shall be issued unless the applicant shall possess a valid New York State taxi or hack license for operation or soliciting from public hack stands or on the public highways.
For purposes of this section, a spouse may be added to a license, without necessitating a new license application.
Priority for the issuance of taxi licenses will be given to those applicants whose application indicates that they can serve the village during the entire year.
No licensed taxicab company shall operate, store, maintain or house more than three licensed taxis within the Village of Ellenville. Violations will result in the immediate revocation of any taxicab license issued to such taxicab company.
[Added 8-19-1974; amended 11-8-2004 by L.L. No. 10-2004]
[Amended 1-4-1988 by L.L. No. 1-1988; 4-29-1996 by L.L. No. 4-1996; 5-14-2012 by L.L. No. 2-2012]
The fee for each license issued under §§ 210-3 through 210-7 shall be set by resolution adopted by the Village Board, and such licenses shall expire on the 15th day of May and may be renewed each year. A taxi license shall be deemed to have expired if the holder shall fail to renew a license on the renewal date set forth in this section.
A taxi license issued under §§ 210-3 through 210-7 may be transferred during a license year from a business firm or corporation possessing a valid taxi license to another person, firm or corporation only after the transferee has made an application to the Village Board for consent to transfer. The license shall not be transferred or sold unless the transferee shall meet all of the requirements set forth in this chapter.
No person shall drive a taxi or public vehicle of any sort for the transportation of persons for hire within the village without obtaining a license therefor.
Before drivers' licenses are issued under §§ 210-8 through 210-13, each applicant must comply with the following to the satisfaction of the Chief of Police:
Exhibit regular New York State chauffeur's license.
Be over 18 years of age.
Be sound physically and have good eyesight.
Must not have a reputation of being addicted to the use of intoxicating liquors or drugs.
Must be of good character and free of any criminal record.
Proof of a good driving record.
Fill out, upon a blank form to be provided by the Chief of Police, a statement giving his full name, residence, places of residence for five years previous to moving to his present address, age, height, color of eyes and hair, place of birth, length of time he has resided in the village, whether a citizen of the United States, places of previous employment, whether married or single, whether he has ever been arrested or convicted of a felony or misdemeanor, whether he has been summoned to court, whether he has been previously licensed as a driver or chauffeur and, if so, whether his license has ever been revoked and for what cause, and the number of the chauffeur's license issued by the state, which statement shall be signed and sworn to by the applicant and filed with the Village Clerk as a permanent record. Such statement shall be accompanied by two photographs of the applicant, taken at least 30 days prior to the date of filing the statement. The applicant shall also be fingerprinted by the Police Department.
[Amended 1-4-1988 by L.L. No. 1-1988; 4-29-1996 by L.L. No. 4-1996]
The annual license fee for drivers of public vehicles for hire is hereby fixed at $50 per year.
Upon satisfactory fulfillment of the requirements of §§ 210-9 and 210-10, there shall be issued to the applicant a driver's license by the Village Clerk. All licenses shall be numbered in the order in which they are issued and shall contain the name and place of residence of the licensee and the date of the issuance and expiration of the license, which driver's license shall be valid to and including May 14 next succeeding, unless previously suspended or revoked.
There shall be delivered to each licensed driver a license of such form and style as the Village Board of Trustees may prescribe, with his license number thereon, which must, under penalty of revocation of the license, be constantly and conspicuously displayed inside of the taxicab, together with a current photograph, when the licensee is engaged in its employment.
Any driver's license issued under §§ 210-8 through 210-13 or renewal thereof may be suspended or revoked for cause by the Village Manager or Police Chief. Such action may be appealed within 10 days to the Village Board of Trustees, which shall hold a hearing to review the Manager's or Chief's decision within 30 days.
[Added 1-4-1988 by L.L. No. 1-1988]
All persons obligated to obtain licenses for vehicles under this chapter shall file with the Village Clerk a fee schedule of rates to be charged for hire of the vehicles. The fee schedule as provided to the Village Clerk shall be constantly and conspicuously displayed inside of each vehicle.
[Added 6-1-1987 by L.L. No. 2-1987]
Any person committing an offense against any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be guilty of a violation pursuant to the Penal Law of the State of New York, punishable by a fine not exceeding $250 or by imprisonment for a term not exceeding 15 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. The continuation of an offense against the provisions of this chapter shall constitute, for each day the offense is continued, a separate and distinct offense hereunder.