[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Cedarburg 1-2-1991 as Title 7, Ch. 11 of the 1991 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
No person shall operate any motor vehicle for taxicab or limousine purposes upon the highways and streets of the Town unless such person is licensed by the Town as a chauffeur and unless such taxicab or limousine business is licensed by the state by the licensing of each taxicab or limousine as hereinafter provided.
Application for the licensing of a taxicab or limousine business shall be addressed to the Town Board and shall be filed with the Town Clerk, together with a tendered license fee, prorated on the basis of the annual license fee set forth in Subsection D, should such remaining portion of the calendar license year be less than 11 months. The Town Clerk shall present such application to the Town Board at its next regular meeting, and the Board shall consider such application and shall instruct the Town Clerk to issue the license or dismiss the application upon a majority vote of the Board.
No license for a taxicab or limousine business based on new application therefor shall be issued except upon a showing that the available transportation facilities are not adequate to meet the public need and that the applicant is acceptable and able to furnish it.
The license fee shall be as set by the Town Board, to be paid to the Town Clerk.
The license year for a taxicab or limousine business license shall be from July 1 through June 30. As a condition of the continued holding and renewal of the license for a taxicab or limousine business, the proprietor, owner or his agent shall pay to the Town the license fees computed as set forth in Subsection D above each year on or before the 15th day of June.
It shall be unlawful to operate a vehicle for the conveyance of passengers for hire or permit the same to be operated, nor shall any license be issued hereunder, until and unless the applicant for a license deposits with the Town Clerk a certificate of liability insurance for the vehicles for which licenses are sought, said certificate of liability insurance to be acceptable and approved by the Town Clerk and issued by a company authorized to do business in the State of Wisconsin, indemnifying the applicant in the amount of $50,000 for damage to property and $100,000 for injury to one person and $300,000 for injury to more than one person caused by the operation of said vehicles in the Town.
Each taxicab or limousine insurance policy shall contain a provision that the same may not be cancelled before the expiration of its term except upon 30 days' written notice to the Town. Every day upon which any vehicle is operated for the conveyance of passengers for hire or when taxicab, limousine, cab or similar transportation is offered to the public without an insurance policy as required herein being in effect and on file with the Town Clerk shall be deemed a separate violation. The cancellation or other termination of any insurance policy issued in compliance with this section shall automatically revoke and terminate all licenses issued for the taxicab or limousine covered by such insurance policy, unless another policy shall be provided and in effect at the time of such cancellation or termination.
Licenses nontransferable. Licenses issued or granted under this chapter shall be nonassignable and nontransferable.
Information card to be displayed. A card containing the name of the owner, license number, the number of the vehicle and rates of fare printed thereon shall be placed and at all times kept in a conspicuous place inside such vehicle.
Liability of licensee. Any licensee shall be liable for any violations of ordinances or statutes by any and all persons operating taxicabs or limousines under its license.
Number of passengers. No licensee or person driving a taxicab or limousine shall carry or permit to be carried in any such vehicle more than the number of persons specified in the license applicable to such vehicle.
Town Board may impose further restrictions. Any licensee hereunder shall be subject to such further regulations and restrictions as may be imposed at any time by the Town Board.
Rates to be posted. Every person operating a taxicab shall have at all times prominently posted and displayed in said taxicab so as to be visible to the passengers therein the rates or fares for the use of such cab.
Taxicabs to be marked. Every taxicab shall be distinctly marked on two sides, in letters not less than 1 1/2 inches in height, with the word "Taxicab," together with the licensee's name.
This chapter shall not apply to persons, firms, or corporations engaged in the business of carrying passengers for hire, both interstate and intrastate, between regularly established points and on regularly established time schedules, nor to the operator of a motor vehicle engaged in the business of transporting school students for hire, or to municipally sponsored taxicab services.
No person who has been transported by a taxicab shall refuse to pay the fare for such transportation as such fare is shown on the taximeter or zone meter.
Revocation. Licenses granted under §§ 290-1 through 290-4 may be suspended or revoked at any time by the Town Administrator or law enforcement officer for any violation of this chapter. When a taxicab or limousine license is revoked or canceled as herein provided, the Town Administrator or law enforcement officer shall immediately notify the owner to cease at once to operate the vehicle for which the license has been revoked as a taxicab or limousine.
Appeals. Any person who receives a revocation of license and objects to all or part thereof may appeal to the Town Board within seven days of the receipt of the order and the Town Board shall hear such appeal within 30 days of receipt of such written notice of the appeal. After such hearing, the Town Board may reverse, affirm or modify the order or determination.