[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Clementon 6-28-1993 by Ord. No. 93-7. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Includes any automobile or motorbus, commonly called a "jitney," with a carrying capacity of not more than 13 passengers, operated under municipal consent upon a route established wholly within the limits of a single municipality and engaged in the business of carrying passengers for hire.
- Includes any automobile or motorcar with a carrying capacity of not more than nine passengers for hire, which is held out, announced or advertised to operate or run or which is operating or run over any of the streets or public highways of New Jersey and which is hired by charter or for a particular contract or by the day, hour or other fixed period, or to transfer passengers to a specified place or places, or which charges a fare or price agreed upon in advance between the operator and the passenger.
- See "autocab."
Editor's Note: The former definition of “limousine or livery service,” which immediately followed this definition, was repealed 8-24-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-17.
It shall be unlawful to engage in the business of owning or operating an autobus, autocab, jitney, limousine or taxi without first having secured a license therefor. No persons shall drive any of the aforesaid vehicles without having obtained a license therefor. Two classes of licenses are hereby established. There shall be an owner/operator license, designated for the particular type of vehicle (owner/operator - taxi, owner/operator - jitney, etc.). There shall be a driver's license designated for the particular type of vehicle. (driver - taxi, driver - jitney, etc.)
Each application of an owner/operator shall be accompanied by a license fee of $50 for each vehicle to be licensed. Each application of a driver's license shall be accompanied by a license fee of $25. These license fees are annual and must be paid prior to the operation of any licensed vehicles pursuant to this chapter. All licenses shall be issued subject to revocation by resolution of the governing body at any time in the event that there has been a violation of any of the terms of this chapter or violations of motor vehicle law, rules or regulations.
No license shall be issued to any applicant whose license shall have been previously revoked for violation of any of the terms of the municipal ordinance, without the express resolution of the governing body authorizing the issuance of such license. All licenses are annual and shall terminate on April 30 of each and every year.
All owner/operator licenses must be displayed in a public and accessible location within the licensed vehicle. All drivers must be in possession of their license at all times while operating the vehicle within the Borough of Clementon.
Every application for a license shall be verified by the oath or an affirmation of the applicant or applicants, if an individual or partnership. If the application is a corporation, the verification shall be by the oath or affirmation of an officer thereof.
The application for license shall be made in writing to the Clerk of the Borough of Clementon. It shall contain the following information:
The full name and address of the owner and/or agent, if any; if the applicant is a corporation, the names and addresses of the officers and directors thereof, the registered office and the registered agent or, if applicant is a partnership, the names and addresses of all partners.
The year, make, model, serial number and registration number of each vehicle to be licensed.
The place of business and the location where the vehicles are to be stored, repaired and/or maintained.
The place and location where the applicant will maintain an office at which service of process may be made and where customers may call and correspond for purposes of general information, rates, lost property and other general inquiries.
The name of the insurance company and its address and policy number, showing the limits of coverage required by this chapter.
A list of the applicant's operations in other municipalities.
Any criminal record information pertaining to the owner/operator or driver; and a certification as to whether or not this type of license has ever been revoked or suspended in any other municipality, including the details thereof.
A driver's license must be secured before operating any of the vehicles which are required to be licensed pursuant to this chapter. No such license shall be issued to any person who is not competent to operate a motor vehicle or who is not familiar with the traffic laws, rules, regulations and ordinances. Such person must possess a bona fide New Jersey driver's license and must be a citizen of the United States who has not been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude.
[Amended 8-24-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-17]
No license shall be issued under this chapter until the applicant has filed with the Municipal Clerk proof of motor vehicle insurance issued by a company duly licensed to transact business in the State of New Jersey. Such policy must be in the sum of not less than $50,000 against loss by reason of liability for damages on account of bodily injury or death suffered by each person as a result of or by reason of the ownership, maintenance or use of any of the licensed motor vehicles, and said insurance policy shall provide for property damage insurance in the sum of not less than $25,000 for damages arising therefrom. The operation of any vehicle licensed hereunder shall be permitted only so long as the insurance policy shall remain in force. All insurance policies issued hereunder shall name the Borough of Clementon as an additional insured. Failure to maintain such insurance shall be deemed sufficient cause for the revocation of said license.
All vehicles required to be licensed pursuant to this chapter must comply with all the New Jersey motor vehicle laws, including those pertaining to inspections. No licensed vehicles may be operated within the Borough of Clementon unless and until the appropriate New Jersey inspection sticker is affixed thereto.
A schedule of rates must be publicly maintained within the licensed vehicle at all times. No taxi shall be operated unless it is equipped with a meter, in good condition, to record the amount to be charged on each trip, which amount shall be shown in figures visible to the passenger. If requested, the passenger must be given a receipt showing the amount of the fare, when paid, and said receipt shall include the name of the company or person operating said vehicle, together with the number of the taxi.
With regard to any trips made entirely within the Borough of Clementon, there shall be a reduced senior citizen fare for any persons who have attained the age of 62 years. This reduced fare is a requirement in order to secure licensing within the Borough of Clementon.
[Added 12-20-1993 by Ord. No. 93-17]
Any person, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, pay a fine of $100. Each day such violation is committed or permitted to continue shall constitute a separate offense and shall be punishable as such under this chapter. In addition to the fine, the offender shall be liable to the revocation of his or her license issued pursuant to this chapter, depending upon the circumstances as found by the Municipal Court Judge.