[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Bethel 8-18-1990 by L.L. No. 2-1990 (Ch. 122 of the 1990 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Unless otherwise expressly stated, whenever used in this chapter, the following words shall have the meanings given to them by this section:
- A fixed base of operation of the owner of a taxicab or limousine to be situated in the Town of Bethel.
- Any person who engages in the business of driving a taxicab, whether such person is the owner or employed by a taxicab owner.
- The picking up of a passenger for hire within the Town of Bethel, whether or not such passenger is discharged at a destination within the Town. Nothing in this chapter shall apply to abridge, limit or regulate the right of any person not licensed hereunder to convey passengers by taxicab or limousine from points of origin outside the Town of Bethel to points of destination within the Town of Bethel or through the Town of Bethel.
- Includes any person owning or having control of the use of one or more taxicabs used for hire upon the streets of the Town of Bethel or engaged in the business of operating a taxicab.
- A person other than the driver who is an occupant of a taxicab. For the purpose of this chapter, such person or persons shall be presumed to be a passenger for hire.
- Includes any motor vehicle engaged in the business of carrying persons for hire, whether the same shall be operated from a street stand or subject to calls from a base of operations.
- TAXICAB STAND
- Includes any place along the side of the street or elsewhere which is deemed, by owner permission, reserved for the use of taxicabs.
No taxi, hack automobile or other vehicle transporting persons for hire shall operate upon the street or highway or anywhere else within the Town of Bethel, unless the owner thereof shall have first obtained a license to so operate from the Town Clerk of said Town.
The Town Clerk is hereby authorized to issue such a license upon receipt of a proper application countersigned and approved by the Town Board and the payment of the annual fee hereinafter provided for.
A public hearing shall be held by the Town Board having determined that it is in the public interest to issue such license; that there is a necessity for the service proposed by the applicant and that the public will be convenienced by such service.
Any license required by this chapter may, for any good and sufficient reason, be refused to any applicant, and any license that shall have been granted may, before expiration, be revoked by the Town Board and all licenses and privileges thereof terminated after a hearing and opportunity given to the holder to be held.
Unlicensed cabs shall not pick up fares inside the Town of Bethel. Cabs unlicensed by the Town of Bethel may transport people into the Town of Bethel, wait for them and return them to their destination.
Such license, when issued, shall expire on December 31 of the year in which it was issued. The fee therefor shall be established pursuant to Chapter 167, Fees.
Every applicant for a license pursuant to this chapter shall make application in writing on a form to be provided by the Town Clerk giving:
No additional vehicle shall thereafter be added until information is provided to the Town Clerk showing the year, make and seating capacity of the vehicle licensed.
Each applicant shall, before the issuance of a license, file with the Town Clerk a certificate of issuance that the applicant and each motor vehicle is insured against public liability in at least the minimum limits required by the laws of the State of New York for personal injury and property damage, which insurance shall be maintained in force during the period covered by the license.
Every vehicle licensed under this chapter shall be maintained in a safe operating condition with adequate brakes and lights, and failure to keep such vehicle in that condition shall be grounds for revocation of the license.
Such license shall likewise be revoked upon showing that said applicant is a chronic violator of the speed laws and regulations of the State of New York.
Any person wanting to operate a taxi service within the Town of Bethel shall obtain a license under this chapter only at a regular meeting of the Town Board in the manner following:
The applicant shall obtain an application form supplying the information requested and file such application, accompanied with statutory fees.
The Town Clerk shall furnish the applicant with a list of the names licensed under this chapter, and it shall be the duty of the applicant to serve upon each person, either personally or by registered mail, a copy of the application with a notice of the time where and the place where the Town Board will meet to consider such application. Such notice shall be given at least 15 days prior to the date of the hearing. The day of personal service or of mailing shall be included with the time prescribed.
The applicant, upon such hearing, shall establish to the satisfaction of the Town Board his competency and ability to provide the service proposed, the need for service and that the public will be convenienced thereby.
The location of any and all taxi stands proposed to be established by the applicant and base proposed to be used by the applicant shall be presented before approval of license.
It shall be unlawful for any taxicab driver to charge fares in excess of the schedule of rates presented with the application.
Every taxicab owner, operator or driver shall at all times have available inside of the taxicab operated by him a schedule of these rates in such form as to destination and pickup fees.
No person shall charge or attempt to charge any passenger a greater rate of fare than that which the taxicab presented with the application.
Any person committing an offense against any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be guilty of a violation pursuant to the Penal Law of the State of New York, punishable by a fine not exceeding $250 or by imprisonment for a term not exceeding 15 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. The continuation of an offense against the provisions of this chapter shall constitute, for each day the offense is continued, separate and distinct offense hereunder.