[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Commission of the City of Parsons as §§ 11-201 to 11-205, 11-208 and 11-209 of the 1963 Code (Ch. 25, Art. II of the 1985 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 565.
This chapter shall not apply to any person engaged in interstate commerce or to any common carrier of passengers for hire duly licensed by and under the supervision of the Corporation Commission of the state.
No person shall drive a taxicab without registering with the City Clerk. Persons desiring to register shall file a written application with the City Clerk upon a form furnished by the Clerk. The application shall be accompanied by a fee of $5. Registrations shall expire one year from their date of issue.
A license or registration issued pursuant to this chapter may be revoked by the City Manager or the governing body upon any violation or failure to comply with any of the provisions of this chapter, or upon violation of any of the ordinances of the City or laws of the state, or at any time when it shall be determined by the City Manager or governing body that the statements made in the application for license or for registration are not being faithfully complied with by the licensee or registrant or are not true.
No person shall, either directly or indirectly, operate, either as owner, agent, driver or employee, any taxicab until there shall have first been procured in the manner provided for in this chapter a license to operate each vehicle.
Before any taxicab license shall be granted the applicant shall file with the City Clerk a written statement setting out the type of vehicle to be used, the make, horsepower, factory number and state license number of the vehicle, the actual seating capacity thereof, the name of the owner of the vehicle, and a statement that it is of public benefit and convenience that the application be granted. Such statement shall be made upon oath, and there shall be filed therewith, with the City Clerk, a schedule of the fares proposed to be charged during the license year.
When an application for a taxicab license is filed in accordance with the requirements of this chapter, it shall be by the City Clerk referred to the City Manager, and the City Manager shall use all reasonable and necessary means to check the statements made in the application for truth and accuracy and shall also determine whether or not it is in the convenience and benefit of the public that the license be granted. After such investigation the City Manager, by and with the consent of the governing body, shall have the power to grant or reject an application. If such application is approved by the City Manager as provided in this section, it shall be referred back to the City Clerk who shall issue the license upon the payment of the license fee and compliance with the insurance requirements in this chapter.
The fee for a taxicab license shall be $50 for each vehicle to be operated pursuant to the license.
A taxicab license shall expire one year from its date of issue.
The City Clerk when issuing a taxicab license shall deliver to the owner or operator of the vehicle, without charge, a tag with a number printed thereon, which tag shall be displayed in plain view by the owner or operator of the vehicle.
Before any license required by this chapter shall be issued, the applicant for such license shall deposit with the City Clerk a policy or certificate of liability insurance indemnifying the applicant in the sum of $100,000 for injury to one person or $200,000 for injury to more than one person in any one occurrence and $50,000 for injury to property in any one accident through the operation of the taxicab owned or operated by the applicant. In lieu thereof such person may file with the City Clerk the bond of a surety company running to the City and indemnifying persons who may be injured or whose property may be damaged by the operation of the taxicab in the amounts mentioned above and providing that action may be brought thereon by any person so damaged against said surety company for the amount of such damage not to exceed the amount named therein. The City Clerk may accept evidence of such insurance by telegram or letter from an authorized agency before licensing such vehicle, conditioned upon the receipt of an insurance policy or bond within 15 days of such notice. The policy or bond so deposited shall contain a clause obligating the company issuing the same to give 10 days' written notice before the canceling thereof to the City Clerk. The license for the operating of such taxicab shall expire upon the lapse or termination of such policy or bond.