As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Includes any automobile or motor vehicle, commonly called "taxi," engaged in the business of carrying passengers for hire, which is held out, announced or advertised to operate on and over the public streets or highways of the Township and, particularly, accepts persons who may offer themselves for transportation from a place within the Township.
No taxicab shall be operated along any street in the Township for the purpose of accepting passengers within the Township unless and until the owner, lessee or bailee of the vehicle shall first obtain a license therefor, commonly known as a "taxicab license," granted by the Council and issued by the Township Clerk. Only such duly authorized taxicabs are authorized to accept passengers within the Township limits.
No taxicab license shall be granted authorizing the operation of any vehicle as a taxicab unless said vehicle conforms with all the provisions of this chapter.
The Council hereby finds and determines that the number of taxicabs necessary for the convenience of residents of the Township shall not exceed 15 in number. Taxicab licenses shall not be issued and outstanding for more than 15 taxicabs unless the Council, by resolution, from time to time shall find and determine that the public convenience and necessity require a greater or lesser number than 15 and fixes said maximum number.
All applications for taxicab licenses shall be made in writing under oath upon forms furnished by the Township Clerk and approved by the Council. The applicant shall set forth completely the information therein requested and file said application with the Township Clerk. The application shall be accompanied by the license fee prescribed in § 242-9.
Upon the filing of the application for a taxicab license, the Township Clerk shall refer the same to the Chief of Police, who shall conduct an investigation of the applicant and make a report of such investigation. The report and a copy of the traffic and police record of the applicant, if any, shall be attached to the application, which shall be returned to the Township Clerk for presentation to the Council.
If the Council finds that the applicant is fit, willing and able to provide such public transportation and to conform to the provisions of this chapter, the Council shall approve the issuance of a taxicab license.
Upon payment of the fee prescribed in § 242-9, the Clerk shall then issue a taxicab license which shall state:
No taxicab licensee shall operate, cause or permit to be operated any taxicab unless the provisions of Article I of Chapter 16 of Title 48 of the Annotated Statutes of New Jersey, as amended and supplemented (N.J.S.A. 48:16-1 et seq.), relating to liability and property damage insurance and power of attorney, have been and continue to be complied with, unless otherwise required by state law.
A taxicab license shall be issued for a term of one year commencing January 1 and expiring on December 31 of the year of its issuance.
The annual license fee shall be:
[Amended 4-20-1987 by Ord. No. 87-289]
No taxicab license may be sold, assigned, mortgaged or otherwise transferred.
Vehicles listed on the license may be substituted or replaced by other vehicles only after the vehicle sought to be substituted shall have been inspected and written approval given by the Chief of Police that such vehicle complies with the provisions of this chapter.
The Council shall have the authority to suspend or revoke any taxicab license issued under this chapter whenever, for just cause and in the public interest, the Township Council deems suspension or revocation is warranted including, but not by way of limitation, where the licensee has:
Discontinued operations for more than 30 days.
Violated any ordinance of the Township or the laws of the United States or the State of New Jersey, the violation of which reflects unfavorably on the fitness of the licensee to offer public transportation.
Violated any of the provisions of this chapter.
Performed any act which would be a basis for a denial of the application.
Prior to suspension or revocation, the licensee shall be given written notice of the action proposed to be taken and the reasons therefor and shall have an opportunity to be heard.