[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Mullica 2-9-1966. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Every vehicle which is used or to be used for the common carriage and conveyance of persons for hire from place to place within the Township of Mullica shall be deemed to be a taxicab within the meaning of this chapter.
The Township Committee of Mullica Township may promulgate reasonable rules and regulations affecting the operation and use of taxicabs not inconsistent with the provisions of this chapter. Said rules and regulations shall be filed with the Township Clerk and shall be available for inspection by any interested person.
The licensing, inspection and control of taxicabs and owners and operators thereof, and enforcement of the provisions of this chapter, shall be in the Township Committee.
All license fees shall be paid to the Township Clerk.
A majority of the Township Committee is hereby empowered to approve and license not more than three taxicabs.
No taxicab shall be operated without first obtaining a license for the same. Such license shall be effective from January 1 each year to December 31 of the same year. The annual fee for each taxicab license shall be $25.
Applications for licenses for taxicabs shall be made by the owner thereof upon blank forms to be furnished by the Township Clerk, and such applications shall contain the full name and address of the owner and such other information as may be required. It shall be unlawful to make a false answer on such application.
If, upon inspection, a taxicab is found to be in safe condition for transportation of passengers and in accordance with the provisions of this chapter and the rules and regulations established hereunder, upon payment of the license fee hereinbefore set forth, a license may be granted by delivering to the applicant a card of such size and form as may be prescribed by the Township Committee. The card shall contain the name of the licensee, the official license number of the taxicab, if known. Such card shall be signed by the Chairman of the Township Committee.
It shall be unlawful for the owner, operator or driver of any taxicab to operate or cause or permit such taxicab to be operated, nor shall any license be issued hereunder, until and unless the applicant shall have complied with the provisions of Chapter No. 231 of the Laws of 1926 of the State of New Jersey and the amendments and supplements thereto, including Chapter No. 317 of the Laws of 1929 of the State of New Jersey relating to the filing of an insurance policy or bond, showing full coverage during the term of the license. The certification issued by the Clerk of the municipality, showing compliance with the above statutes, shall be posted in a conspicuous place within the taxicab. Such certificate shall recite the name of the insurance company, the number of the policy, a description of the autocab insured under such policy, with the registration number of the same and the date of the expiration of the policy.
No taxicab owner or anyone in his behalf shall undertake to cancel or have cancelled any such policy without first giving the Township Committee 10 days' notice of his intentions so to do.
No such policy shall be filed with the Clerk of the municipality unless such policy contains a provision to the effect that the Township Clerk shall be afforded at least 10 days' notice of the intention of the insurance company which issued the policy, to cancel the same.
No such policy shall be filed with the Clerk of the municipality unless the person submitting the same for filing presents a receipted bill indicating that the policy has been prepaid for a period of at least six months.
The Clerk of the municipality shall keep a register of the name of each person owning or operating a vehicle or vehicles licensed under this chapter, together with the license number and such other additional data as may be deemed necessary. The Township Committee must be notified at least five days in advance, in writing, of any change of ownership or address.
Licenses granted under the preceding sections of this chapter may be revoked or suspended, as hereinafter provided for, at any time by the Township Committee if the vehicle shall not be in a safe condition for the transportation of passengers, and kept in conformity to the terms of this chapter. Licenses when so suspended or revoked shall not be reissued until the cause of the suspension or revocation shall have been removed to the satisfaction of the said Township Committee. Said license for any taxicab so issued shall be suspended or revoked by said Township Committee if the State Motor Vehicle Department shall, for any cause or reason, revoke the license previously issued by it for said taxicab.
[Amended 7-10-1990 by Ord. No. 10-90]
Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof by the Municipal Magistrate, be subject to a fine of any amount not exceeding $200 for each offense or violation or be imprisoned for a term not exceeding 30 days in the county jail or in any place provided by the municipality for the detention of prisoners or shall perform not more than 30 days' community service, provided that the court shall have the power, in its discretion, to impose a sentence of both fine, community service and imprisonment not exceeding the maximum limits herein fixed.