[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Readington adopted 4-15-1959. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 225.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Includes any automobile or motorcar, commonly called "taxi," engaged in the business of carrying passengers for hire, which is held out, announced or advertised to operate or run, or which is operated or run, over the streets or public highways of this state, and particularly accepts and discharges such persons as may offer themselves for transportation from points or places within or without the state.
- Includes any automobile or motor car used in the business
of carrying passengers for hire to provide prearranged passenger transportation
at a premium fare on a dedicated, nonscheduled, charter basis that
is not conducted on a regular route and with a seating capacity in
no event of more than 14 passengers, not including the driver, provided
that such a vehicle shall not have a seating capacity in excess of
four passengers, not including the driver, beyond the maximum passenger
seating capacity of the vehicle, not including the driver, at the
time of manufacture. As used herein, "limousine" does not include
taxicabs (i.e., autocabs), hotel buses, buses or buses employed solely
in transporting school children or teachers, vehicles owned and operated
directly or indirectly by businesses engaged in the practice of mortuary
science when those vehicles are used exclusively for providing transportation
related to the provision of funeral services, autobuses which are
subject to the jurisdiction of the Department of Transportation, or
interstate autobuses required by federal or state law or regulations
of the Department of Transportation to carry insurance against loss
from liability imposed by law on account of bodily injury or death.[Added 11-5-2008 by Ord. No. 32-2008]
- LIMOUSINE or LIVERY SERVICE
- Includes the business of carrying passengers for hire by
autocabs.[Added 10-4-1999 by Ord. No. 20-99]
- Includes any individual, copartnership, associations, corporation,
limited-liability company or joint-stock company, their lessee, trustees
or receivers appointed by any court whatsoever.[Amended 11-5-2008 by Ord. No. 32-2008]
- Includes any street, avenue, park, parkway, highway or other public place.
[Amended 10-4-1999 by Ord. No. 20-99; 11-5-2008 by Ord. No. 32-2008]
No autocab, limousine or livery service shall be operated along any street in the Township of Readington until the owner thereof shall obtain: 1) a license from the Clerk of the Township demonstrating that the owner has complied with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 48:16-13 et seq. (in the case of limousines and livery service); or 2) a license from the Clerk of the Township upon consent of the municipal governing body in accordance with N.J.S.A. 48:16-1 et seq. (in the case of autocabs), as either statute may be amended from time to time.
The fee for a license for an autocab, limousine or livery service shall be $50.
The license shall recite the name of the insurance company, the number and date of expiration of the policy, a description of every limousine or autocab insured thereunder and the registration of the same.
The original license shall be retained within the limousine or autocab and shall be available for inspection by any police officer within the municipality and in the state. However, in the case of limousines, in lieu of the recital of insurance information required by the license pursuant to N.J.S.A. 48:16-13 et seq., the owner of a limousine may affix to the original license retained within a limousine a notarized letter from an insurance company containing the same insurance information required in the recital, which shall constitute proof of insurance coverage, and which shall also be available for inspection by any police officer in the municipality and in the state. A copy of the notarized letter shall constitute proof to the municipality and to the NJ Director of Motor Vehicles that the owner has complied with the insurance provisions of this chapter and state statute.
Filing of policy.
[Amended 4-16-1990 by Ord. No. 277-90; 10-4-1999 by Ord. No. 20-99; 11-5-2008 by Ord. No. 32-2008]
No such consent shall be effective until the owner of the autocab, limousine or livery service shall have filed with the Clerk of the Township of Readington an insurance policy that is in compliance with N.J.S.A. 48:16-14 or N.J.S.A. 48:16-3, as may be applicable.
The insurance policy must provide that the Township will be notified by the insurance company at least 30 days prior to cancellation. If the Division of Motor Vehicles suspends a limousine driver’s registatration privilege pursuant to N.J.S.A. 48:16-14, the limousine owner’s municipal license shall also be automatically suspended and must be surrendered to the municipality. In the event an autocab owner fails to keep his, her or its insurance policy in place, the Township may revoke the license in accordance with the procedures set forth in N.J.S.A. 48:16-10 et seq.
The consent shall become effective and operation thereunder shall be permitted for as long as the insurance policy shall remain in force to the full and collectible amounts as aforesaid.
The insurance policy shall provide for the payment of any final judgment received by any person on account of the ownership, maintenance or use of the autocab, limousine or livery service or any fault in respect thereto and shall be for the benefit of every person suffering loss, damage or injury as aforesaid.
[Amended 10-4-1999 by Ord. No. 20-99]
This consent shall be renewed on an annual basis.
The numbers set forth herein are minimum amounts. Nothing herein shall be construed to limit the ability of the Township Committee to require greater amounts of insurance coverage should the facts and circumstances of the applicant warrant.
[Added 4-16-1990 by Ord. No. 277-90]
[Added 10-4-1999 by Ord. No. 20-99]
Violation of any provision of this chapter shall be punishable, upon conviction, by a fine not exceeding $1,000, by a period of imprisonment not to exceed 90 days and/or by a period of community service not to exceed 90 days. Each day's continued violation shall be deemed a separate offense.