No person shall operate a licensed taxicab for hire upon the streets of the Township, and no person who owns or controls a licensed taxicab shall permit it to be so driven, and no taxicab licensed by the Township shall be so driven at any time for hire, unless the driver of said taxicab shall have first obtained and shall have then in force a taxicab driver's permit duly issued by the Township Clerk.
No taxicab driver's permit shall be granted unless the applicant therefor:
Is at least 18 years of age.
[Amended 12-18-1972 by Ord. No. 72-20]
Submits with his application a certificate from the Township Physician, at the applicant's own cost, certifying that the applicant has been examined within the preceding 30 days and that he has no infirmity of body or mind which might render him unfit for the safe operation of a taxicab.
All applications for taxicab driver's permits shall be made in writing under oath upon forms furnished by the Township Clerk and approved by the Council and shall be filed with the Clerk. The applicant shall set forth completely the information therein requested and shall have attached thereto the Township Physician's certificate referred to in § 242-14. The application shall be accompanied by two photographs of the applicant of the size of 2 1/2 inches by 2 1/2 inches and the permit fee set forth in § 242-19.
Upon the filing of the application for a taxicab driver's permit, 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, together with the indicated approval or disapproval, and shall be returned to the Township Clerk.
The Chief of Police, after considering the application for a taxicab driver's permit and the police report and Township Physician's certificate attached thereto, shall approve or reject the application.
The Chief of Police may refuse to approve the grant or renewal of a taxicab driver's permit to any applicant:
Convicted of a crime.
Convicted of driving a motor vehicle resulting in death to any person or of driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or a narcotic or habit-producing drug.
Convicted of violating any federal or state law relating to prostitution or to the use, possession or sale of narcotic drugs or intoxicating liquors.
Who has been an habitual violator of traffic laws.
Who has been an habitual user of intoxicating liquors or narcotic drugs.
Whose automobile driver's license issued by the State of New Jersey or whose Township driver's permit to operate a taxicab has been suspended or revoked.
Whenever for just cause the Chief of Police finds the applicant unfit to drive a taxicab.
If the application is rejected, the applicant, within 30 days, may request a personal appearance before the Council to offer evidence as to why his application should be reconsidered.
Upon the approval of the Chief of Police of a taxicab driver's permit and upon payment of the permit fee prescribed in § 242-19, the Township Clerk shall issue to the applicant the permit, upon which shall appear his name, address, age, description, signature and the name of the taxicab licensee employing him, and a photograph of the applicant of the size of 2 1/2 inches by 2 1/2 inches shall be attached to such permit.
A taxicab driver's permit shall be issued for a term of one year, commencing on January 1 and expiring on December 31 of the year of its issuance.
The fee for a taxicab driver's permit shall be $10 per year, payable to the Township Clerk.
[Amended 4-20-1987 by Ord. No. 87-289]
The taxicab driver's permit may be automatically renewed upon approval of the Chief of Police and the successful passing of a physical examination given by the Township Physician at the applicant's expense and upon payment to the Township Clerk of the annual fee of $10, unless the permit for the preceding year has been revoked.
[Amended 4-20-1987 by Ord. No. 87-289]
The Chief of Police shall have and is hereby given the authority to suspend or revoke any taxicab driver's permit issued under this article if the permittee has:
Violated any of the provisions of this chapter.
Violated any of the ordinances of the Township or the laws of the United States or of the State of New Jersey, the violation of which reflects unfavorably on the fitness of the permittee to drive a taxicab.
Performed any act which would be the basis for a denial of the application.
A person whose permit is suspended or revoked may, within 30 days, request a personal appearance before the Council to offer evidence as to why the suspension or revocation should be reconsidered.
The holder of a taxicab driver's permit shall not operate a taxicab licensed under this chapter except for the employer designated in his permit.
If the holder of a taxicab driver's permit shall voluntarily terminate his employment for his employer designated in his permit or is discharged from such employment, said employer shall, within 24 hours, so notify the Township Clerk in writing. In such case, the permit shall be automatically canceled and terminated, and the permit shall be surrendered to the Township Clerk. If, during the same calendar year, such driver applies for a reinstatement of his taxicab driver's permit, no fee shall be charged for the issuance of such permit.
Every driver of a taxicab licensed under this chapter shall post the taxicab driver's permit issued to him by the Township, including the photograph thereon, in such conspicuous place as to be in full view of all passengers while he is operating the taxicab.