Every taxicab shall be equipped with a single-traffic taximeter of a type approved by the Police Department and inspected by the County Department of Weights and Measures for accuracy.
It shall be unlawful for any person to operate or keep for hire or pay within the City any taxicab without first having each taxicab equipped with a taximeter as herein provided.
Taxicabs used exclusively on an hourly basis for funerals, weddings and other special occasions are exempt from the provisions of this chapter pertaining to taximeters.
Taximeters shall be connected to the transmission or main drive shaft of the taxicab and shall be placed in the driver's compartment on the right-hand side of the vehicle with the face of such taximeter, upon which the fare is recorded, directed toward the passenger compartment and so positioned as to be wholly visible to and clearly discernible by a passenger sitting in any of the seats.
No person shall operate or permit to be operated or drive, for hire, any taxicab unless the taximeter shall have been sealed by the owner or his representative or by the County Department of Weights and Measures, with the wire and lead seals, as follows:
The face or dial of every taximeter shall be illuminated by a suitable light, arranged so that the figures may be read by any passenger as elsewhere prescribed in this chapter.
Every taximeter shall be equipped with a flag or signal which shall be used as an indication as to whether or not the taximeter is in operation. No driver shall, while carrying any passenger or passengers, display the flag of the taximeter in such a position as to denote that the taxicab is not engaged, except when said taxicab is being operated on an hourly basis for funerals, weddings and other special occasions.
No taxicab shall be operated until the taximeter thereon has been first inspected, tested, approved and sealed by the County Department of Weights and Measures.
The rates of fare to be charged for taxicab service shall be as follows, and no other rates of fare may be charged by any owner or driver other than the rate established by this section:
For the first 1/2 mile, or two minutes of waiting time, or combination thereof: $4.
[Amended 8-8-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-16]
For each subsequent 1/8 mile, or 30 seconds of waiting time, or combination thereof: $0.25.
For each additional passenger over two years of age: $0.50.
For each additional stop requested by the passenger: $0.50.
There shall be no charge for luggage.
For each call in which a driver must handle groceries: $1.
There shall be a surcharge of $1.50 between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., Monday through Thursday; 6:00 p.m. Friday through 6:00 a.m. Monday; and from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on legal holidays.
There shall be an energy allowance charged for trip rates ranging between $3.50 and $5.05 in the sum of $1 and for trip rates ranging from $5.05 and above in the sum of $1.50. If the average price of a gallon of gasoline for the upstate New York area as reported by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) should exceed $4.50 per gallon, the energy allowance authorized by this section shall automatically increase to $1.25 for trip rates ranging from $3.50 to $5.05 and $2 for trip rates of $5.05 and above. No energy allowance shall be authorized or collected where the average price of a gallon of gasoline in the upstate New York region as reported by NYSERDA falls below $3.50.
Every taxicab for which a certificate shall be granted shall display a rate card stating all the elements of the schedule of fares prescribed in § 236-43. Such rate card shall, at all times, be displayed in the card frame within the taxicab. All rate cards mounted on the inside of the cab are to briefly identify the rights of the customer and shall display the phone number of the Police Department.
The doubling-up of passengers shall only be allowed with the permission of the first passenger to enter the cab, with the exception of periods of inclement weather.
Every taxicab shall have the rates, as enumerated in § 236-43, painted or posted on the side of the cab.