[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the City of Pawtucket: Art. I, approved 10-17-1967 by Ch. No. 1135 as Secs. 20-1 through 20-13 of the 1966 Code; Art. II, approved 3-29-1971 as Ch. No. 1289. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Approved 10-17-1967 by Ch. No. 1135 as Secs. 20-1 through 20-13 of the 1966 Code]
No person shall sell or expose for sale in any street or public place in the city any newspaper, magazine or periodical without first obtaining a newscarrier's license as provided in this Article.
The Chief of Police is hereby authorized to grant the license required by this Article to any applicant.
All licenses granted under the provisions of this Article shall expire on the last day of December in each year, provided that any license issued in December of any year shall expire on the last day of December in the succeeding year.
The Chief of Police, at his or her discretion, may require any applicant for a license under the provisions of this Article to furnish evidence satisfactory to him or her as to the good character of such applicant.
A record of all licenses granted under the provisions of this Article shall be kept at police headquarters, which record shall contain the name, age and residence of the licensee.
All licenses granted under the provisions of this Article shall be numbered.
Upon the issuing of any license under the provisions of this Article, the Chief of Police shall furnish to the licensee a metal or other suitable badge bearing a number corresponding with such license number, and the licensee shall deposit with the Chief of Police the sum of twenty-five cents ($0.25) for such badge.
All badges issued under the provisions of the preceding section shall remain the property of the city. Upon the return of any such badge by the person to whom it was issued, the Chief of Police shall refund to the person so returning such badge the amount deposited for the same at the issuing of the license. When any badge shall be returned before the expiration of the license represented thereby, the Chief of Police, upon refunding the deposit on such badge, shall cancel such license, except when such badge is taken by the Chief during the suspension of any license.
Every licensee under this Article, while engaged in plying his or her trade, shall wear the badge furnished under the provisions of this Article upon the front of his or her hat or cap in such manner that it may be plainly seen.
The Chief of Police may, at any time, for any cause which he or she may deem sufficient, revoke any license granted under the provision of this Article or may suspend the same for any period. No person shall engage in any business covered by this Article after the revocation or suspension of such license until a new license shall have been granted or such suspension shall have expired. Whenever any such license shall be suspended, the Chief of Police shall keep possession of the badge until such suspension shall be removed. No license shall be granted to any person whose license shall have been revoked during the year for which the license so revoked was originally granted. Any suspension of a license may be continued from time to time at the discretion of the Chief of Police.
No licensee under the provisions of this Article shall transfer or loan his or her license or badge nor furnish any unlicensed person with any newspaper, magazine or periodical to sell, nor permit any such unlicensed person to assist or accompany him or her.
No licensee under the provisions of this Article, while engaged in plying his or her trade, shall congregate with other persons, nor in any way annoy, disturb or obstruct pedestrians or others in any public place, nor make any unnecessary noise.
Every licensee under the provisions of this Article, while engaged in plying his or her trade, shall obey the orders or instructions of any police officer in relation to the manner of conducting himself or herself or his or her business.
[Approved 3-29-1971 as Ch. No. 1289]
The selling, displaying for sale or distribution on any street or sidewalk in the city of newspapers, magazines or periodicals is prohibited within seventy-five (75) feet of street intersections.