City of Schenectady, NY
Schenectady County
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No person shall operate a vehicle for hire upon the streets of the City, and no person who owns or controls a vehicle for hire shall permit it to be so driven, and no vehicle for hire licensed by the City shall be driven at any time for hire unless the driver of such vehicle shall have first obtained and shall have then in force a taxicab driver's license issued under the provisions of this article.
No person shall be issued a taxicab driver's license unless such person meets the following qualifications:
A. 
Be 18 years of age or over.
B. 
Hold a duly valid chauffeur's license issued by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles.
C. 
Is able to read, write and converse in the English language.
D. 
Is clean in dress and person and not addicted to the use of intoxicating liquors or drugs of any nature.
E. 
Be of sound physical condition with good eyesight and not subject to epilepsy, vertigo, heart trouble or any other infirmity of body or mind which might render him/her unfit for the safe operation of a public vehicle.
F. 
Has not been convicted within five years preceding the date of application of a felony in any state of the United States or is not, at the time of his/her application, under an indictment for a felony in any state of the United States.
G. 
Has not been convicted of two misdemeanors within two years preceding the date of application.
H. 
No driver's license shall be issued at any time to any applicant who has been convicted of any of the following crimes: rape, sodomy, carnal abuse of a child, or of the crime of assault with intent to commit the crime of rape, sodomy or carnal abuse of a child. The Police Department shall, nevertheless, apply the standards for licensure of persons previously convicted of one or more criminal offenses embodied in Article 23-A of the Correction Law of the State of New York.
An application for a taxicab driver's license shall be filed with the Police Department on forms provided by the City, and such application shall be verified under oath and shall contain the following information:
A. 
Name, address, age and status of United States citizenship.
B. 
Experience of the applicant in the public transportation of passengers.
C. 
A concise history of the applicant's past employment.
D. 
The names and addresses of two residents of the City or County of Schenectady who have known the applicant for two years and who will vouch for the sobriety, honesty and general good character of the applicant.
E. 
Convictions, if any, in the courts, including military courts of the United States, or of any state of the United States.
F. 
Number and expiration date of the applicant's chauffeur's license.
G. 
Such other information as the Police Department may require regarding, but not limited to, the health, mental fitness and character of the applicant as may be necessary or desirable to enable the Chief of Police to ascertain the applicant's qualifications for a driver's license.
[Amended 8-8-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-16]
Upon filing the application, and every other year after the application has been filed which the applicant has a valid license pursuant to this chapter, the applicant shall be fingerprinted by an agency approved by the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services. The fingerprint impressions shall be sent to the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. The applicant shall pay the required fee, part of which shall be forwarded to the Division of Criminal Justice Services.
Each application shall be accompanied by a certificate by a qualified physician actively practicing in the capital district, dated not more than 30 days preceding the date of the application, certifying that the applicant is not afflicted with any disease or infirmity, such as but not limited to epilepsy, vertigo, heart trouble, eye disease or any other disability of body or mind which might make him/her an unsafe or unsatisfactory driver.
At the time the application is filed, the applicant shall pay the sum of $50 for the taxicab driver's license.
The photographs may be taken by the City of Schenectady or any other organization approved by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. Such applicant shall pay the required fees.
A. 
Upon satisfactory fulfillment of the requirements of this article, the Police Department shall issue to the applicant a license in such form as to contain a photograph and signature of the licensee and blank spaces upon which a record may be made of any arrest or serious complaint against him. Each license shall be embossed with the official Seal of the City of Schenectady upon a portion of the photograph. All licenses shall contain the name and place of residence of the licensees and the dates of issuance and expiration of the licenses.
B. 
Driver's licenses shall expire on December 31 next succeeding issuance, unless previously suspended or revoked.
C. 
The license fee to be paid for an annual driver's license shall be 50 for each year or fraction thereof. A fee of $50 shall be charged for a renewal license for each subsequent year.
D. 
A driver, in applying for a renewal of his license, shall make application not less than 30 days next preceding its expiration on a form to be furnished by the Police Department. The Police Department shall consider such application and, if found satisfactory, shall issue the driver's license for the current year upon payment of the license fee.
E. 
The Police Department may, at its discretion, grant a renewal of a driver's license at any time within one year after the expiration thereof. Such application shall be on a form furnished by the Police Department. A renewal application not made within the prescribed period shall be treated as though it were a first application.
F. 
A supplemental taxicab driver's license shall be displayed in a conspicuous location inside the taxicab so as to be clearly visible to all passengers in the taxicab. A fee of $25 shall be charged to replace a supplemental taxicab driver's license that has been lost, destroyed, stolen or otherwise requires replacement. Such fee shall be in addition to the fee charged by the City for the retaking of the required photographs.
A. 
The Police Department may, in its discretion, after notice to the licensee and an opportunity for a prompt hearing before the Commissioner of Public Safety or Chief of Police, suspend or revoke a license granted under this article for cause.
B. 
Notice to the licensee by personal service or by registered mail at the address set forth on his license is sufficient for the purpose of this section.
C. 
Any driver who alters, defaces, removes or obliterates any official entry made upon his license shall be punished by the revocation of his license in addition to any other penal sanctions. Any false statements made by the applicant on the application for a taxicab driver's license shall be sufficient cause for the refusal of the issuance of a taxicab driver's license to such applicant.
D. 
When a license is suspended or revoked, such license and driver's badge shall be surrendered forthwith to the Police Department. No driver or operator whose license has been revoked shall again be licensed as a taxicab driver in the City.
E. 
Failure to display a supplemental taxicab driver's license pursuant to § 236-26F shall result in the following penalty:
(1) 
First offense: five-day suspension of the taxicab driver's license.
(2) 
Second offense: fifteen-day suspension of the taxicab driver's license.
(3) 
Third offense: revocation of the taxicab driver's license.
F. 
A taxicab driver's license shall automatically be suspended upon the license holder being charged with a violation of any provision of § 1192 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law.
G. 
A taxicab driver's license shall be automatically suspended for the remainder of its term upon the license holder's conviction of a violation of any provision of § 1192 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law and upon suspension or revocation of the taxicab license holder's New York State driver's license.
H. 
Upon the suspension or revocation of the license holder's New York State driver's license and/or upon the conviction of the license holder of any provision of § 1192 of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law, the Police Department may hold a hearing pursuant to § 236-27A and B of this chapter to determine whether the license holder's taxi driver's license should be permanently revoked.
A. 
If any person is aggrieved by any act or failure to act on the part of the Commissioner of Public Safety or Chief of Police, either in issuing, failure to issue, suspending or revoking any owner's license, such aggrieved party may file with the City Clerk a statement addressed to the Mayor, setting forth the full facts and circumstances in connection with the action or lack of action on the part of the Commissioner of Public Safety or Chief of Police. Such appeal shall be filed within 10 days after commission or omission of the act by which the appellant claims to have been aggrieved.
B. 
The Mayor or a designee shall convene a hearing not less than 10 days from the date on which such appeal shall have been filed with the City Clerk, shall hear the appellant and his witnesses and determine the merits of the appeal. The decision of the Mayor or the Mayor's designee thereon shall be final.
[Amended 8-8-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-16]
All taxicab drivers shall be clean and neat in dress and person. A driver may not wear as outer clothing underwear, tank tops, tube tops, body shirts, swimwear, bathing trunks or cutoff shorts. Drivers must be clean shaven or have neatly trimmed facial hair. No person shall be permitted to smoke in the cab, and smoking shall include what is commonly known as "vaping" as well as electronic cigarettes and tobacco products. A sign which states that smoking is prohibited in the vehicle must be conspicuously displayed in every taxicab.