[HISTORY: Adopted by the Municipal Council of the City of Clifton 12-20-60 by Ord. No. 3319 as Article 11 of Chapter 10 of the Revised Ordinances of the City of Clifton, New Jersey, 1960. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Includes an autobus as defined in N.J.S.A. 48:4-1, as amended, and in N.J.S.A. 48:16-23.
[Amended 7-2-1985 by Ord. No. 4988-85]
No motorbus shall be operated or run while carrying passengers for hire, wholly or partly, along any street in the City, whether such operation is over a route wholly or partly within the territorial limits of the City, until the person owning the motorbus or possessing the right to use the same shall obtain the consent of the City Council for such operation, in accordance with the provisions of this chapter. The Council may approve and grant consent, subject to such terms and conditions as convenience and safety of the inhabitants of the City shall demand.
Every person applying for a consent to operate a motorbus shall file an application for such consent with the City Clerk in writing. Such application shall state, among other things, the route and hours of service wherein and during which it is proposed to operate such motorbus, the terminal point of the route, and the streets to be traveled in reaching the terminal point. The application shall furnish such other information as the Council may request.
At the direction of the Council, the City Clerk shall refer said application to the Bus Inspector, in the Division of Public Service, for his investigation, recommendation and report to the Council, and to the Police Department for a traffic report to the Council.
[Amended 11-14-1966 by Ord No. 3728]
No municipal consent to operate a motorbus shall be effective and no such operation shall be permitted until the owner of such motorbus shall furnish and keep in force the insurance and the power of attorney as provided for and required by N.J.S.A. 48:16-24 and 48:4-36 to 48:4-39.
Subject to law, any consent for the operation of a motorbus may be revoked by the Council after notice and hearing whenever it shall appear that the holder thereof has failed to comply with or violated any law or regulation of this state, or any regulation, term or condition imposed by the Council when the consent was granted, or the provisions of this chapter and the rules and regulations made pursuant thereto.
No person shall drive any motorbus unless specially licensed to do so by the Bus Inspector of the City. Such license shall not be granted or issued unless and until the applicant therefor is:
The holder of a currently valid driver license issued by the director of the division of Motor Vehicles as provided in N.J.S.A. 39:3-10.
The holder of a currently valid for-hire license issued by said Director, as provided in N.J.S.A. 39:3-10.1.
Has presented evidence, satisfactory to said Bus Inspector, of his previous experience, good character and physical fitness.
The application for such special license shall be made to the Bus Inspector in writing upon blank forms furnished by said Inspector and approved by the City Manager.
Said special license shall be issued without fee, and shall be and remain in effect so long as the special licensee shall remain the holder of said licenses issued pursuant to N.J.S.A. 39:3-10 and 39:3-10.1 unless sooner suspended or revoked by said Bus Inspector.
The Bus Inspector, subject to the approval of the City Manager, may suspend or revoke a special license issued under this chapter where, in his opinion, the licensee is either physically or morally unfit to retain the same or has violated the provisions of this chapter or the rules and regulations made thereunder or the state laws and state rules and regulations applicable to motorbuses.
The Bus Inspector, subject to approval of the City Manager, shall have the authority to promulgate such rules and regulations as he may deem necessary to carry out the provisions of this chapter.
Subject to the supervision and direction of the City Manager and the Director of the Division of Public Safety, the Bus Inspector shall have general supervision of motorbuses operated in the City. He shall enforce compliance with the provisions of this chapter and the regulations made thereunder, as well as the state laws and state rules and regulations applicable to motorbuses. He shall have free access to any motorbus for the purpose of making inspection.
[Amended 5-9-1969 by Ord. No. 3912; 3-17-1970 by Ord. No. 3969]
Any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine not exceeding $500 or by imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days, or both.