Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 243.
§ 236-2License required.
§ 236-3Application; fees.
§ 236-4License requirements.
§ 236-5Evidence of insurance policy required.
§ 236-6Issuance of license card; display required; transfer fee.
§ 236-7Public taxi stands.
§ 236-8Application requirements.
§ 236-9Display card.
§ 236-10Expiration of license; renewal.
§ 236-11Required markings on cabs.
§ 236-12Revocation or suspension of license.
§ 236-13Violations and penalties.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Includes any individual, copartnership, association, corporation or joint-stock company, their lessees, trustees or receivers.
- Includes any street, road, avenue, park, parkway, highway or other public place.
- Includes any public vehicle propelled by mechanical power, commonly called "taxi," engaged in the business of carrying passengers for hire and particularly accepts and discharges such persons as may offer themselves for transportation from points or places within the places or points within or without the Township of Riverside.
No person shall operate any taxicab upon any street within the Township of Riverside unless both the taxicab and the driver thereof are licensed pursuant to the terms of this chapter and conform to all the provisions hereof and such person shall have complied with the laws of the State of New Jersey relating to taxicabs.
Every application for a taxicab license shall be made in writing to the Township Committee and shall set forth the full name and address of the owner, lessee or bailee of the taxicab to be licensed, the make and character of the taxicab, the length of time it has been in use, the number of persons said vehicle is suitable for carrying, the motor number and serial number thereof and the place where it may be inspected by members of the Township Committee or their duly authorized representative. If the applicant is an individual or copartnership, said application shall state also whether or not the applicant or applicants have ever been convicted of crime and, if so, the crime of which he or she has been convicted, the place of the conviction, the date thereof and the punishment therefor. If the applicant is a corporation, said application shall set forth the names and addresses of its officers, directors and stockholders and shall also state whether or not said officers, directors or stockholders have been convicted of crime and, if so, the crime of which he or she has been convicted, the place of conviction, the date thereof and the punishment therefor. Each application shall be accompanied by a license fee of $50 for a single taxicab to be licensed, together with a license fee of $50 for each additional cab. There shall be submitted with each application a schedule of the rates, fees or charges proposed to be made for the use within the Township of Riverside of such taxicabs sought to be licensed.
No taxicab license or taxicab driver's license shall be issued to an individual who is not a citizen of the United States or who has been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude or to a copartnership unless all the members thereof are citizens of the United States and none of whom has been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude or to a corporation unless each of the officers, directors and stockholders thereof is a citizen of the United States and none of whom has been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude.
No taxicab license shall be issued until the applicant therefor shall have filed with the Township Clerk an insurance policy of a company duly licensed to transact business under the insurance laws of this state in the sum of no less than $5,000 insuring against loss by reason of the liability imposed by law upon the owner or driver of said taxicab for damages on account of bodily injury or death suffered by any person as the result of an accident occurring by reason of the ownership, maintenance or use of the taxicab upon any public street and in the sum of not less than $10,000 insuring against such loss or damage suffered by more than one person as the result of such an accident and insuring against property damage in the sum of not less than $1,000 for damage arising out of each accident.
Upon the granting of a taxicab license there shall be issued to the applicant a card setting forth the name and address of the licensee, the number of the license, the make and character of the taxicab licensed, together with the motor number and serial number of said vehicle, and the maximum number of passengers to be carried therein at any one time. Said license card shall be signed by the Township Clerk and shall at all times be prominently displayed in the interior of the taxicab so licensed so that the face thereof shall be at all times in full view and plainly legible to any passenger seated on the rear seat of such taxicab. There shall also be displayed in the interior of said taxicab so licensed a statement or schedule of the charges for the use thereof. Any taxicab license issued pursuant to this chapter may be transferred to another vehicle owned or in the custody of the same licensee, upon approval of the Township Committee after proper application made therefor and payment of a transfer fee of $1.
The Township Committee is hereby authorized and empowered to establish from time to time public hack stands in the several streets and public places of the township, which it may determine to be for the best interest and convenience of the public, and shall cause the same to be clearly and distinctly marked by proper signs setting forth the exact locations and boundaries of such public hack stands and the number of taxicabs which are permitted to occupy the same at one time. When such public hack stands are so established and designated, no vehicle other than a taxicab duly licensed may occupy such stand therein.
Every application for a taxicab driver's license shall be made to the Township Committee and shall set forth the full name and address of the applicant, his or her age, whether or not he or she is a citizen of the United States and whether or not he or she has ever been convicted of a crime and, if so, the crime of which he or she has been convicted, the place of conviction and the date thereof and the punishment therefor. Such applicant shall also furnish satisfactory evidence that he or she has received a driver's license from the Motor Vehicle Department of the State of New Jersey. Each applicant for a taxicab driver's license shall file with his or her application three photographs, approximately 1 1/2 by 1 1/2 inches, clearly depicting the facial features of the applicant, each of which photographs shall thereupon become the property of the township and be retained with the application form unless the application shall be granted and the license issued, in which event, one of such photographs shall be permanently affixed to the license card issued to said taxicab driver, one shall be retained by the Township Clerk and one shall be delivered to the Police Department. Each of said photographs shall be signed on the back thereof by the applicant and shall bear the date upon which they were taken, which shall not be more than 30 days prior to the date of the application. A license fee of $1 shall accompany each application for a taxicab driver's license.
If the application for a taxicab driver's license shall be granted, there shall be issued to the applicant a license card setting forth the number of the license, the name and address of the licensee and his or her age. Said license card shall be signed by the Township Clerk and shall at all times be permanently displayed and adequately protected in the interior of any taxicab operated by the licensee so that the face thereof shall at all times be in full view of and plainly legible to any passenger seated on the rear seat of such taxicab.
Every license issued pursuant to the terms of this chapter shall expire at midnight on the 31st day of December of the year of which it was issued, unless sooner surrendered, suspended or revoked; provided, however, that if an application for a renewal shall have been filed on or before December 31, said taxicab driver may operate a taxicab, pending the issuance of a new license or licenses, until the 15th day of January next succeeding. No license fee payable under this chapter shall be prorated nor shall any part thereof be refunded for any reason unless a license shall be refused.
Every taxicab so licensed shall have painted or marked on both sides thereof or shall have affixed to the top thereof a sign, light or device bearing the words "Taxi" or "Cab" or the name of the operating owner containing the words "Taxi," or "Cab" or "Taxicab."
The Township Committee, after notice and hearing, may revoke or suspend any license issued pursuant to this chapter if the licensee has been once convicted of a crime in this or any other jurisdiction or has been convicted of being a disorderly person or of a violation of Title 39, Motor Vehicles and Traffic Regulations, of the Revised Statutes of New Jersey, or who or which violates any provision of this chapter or has any judgment unsatisfied against him or her or it arising out of any automobile accident for the space of 30 days, or who or which has made false answers in his, her or its application for such license or any renewal thereof, or who or which has failed or fails to render reasonably safe, proper or adequate taxicab service, or who or which has not complied fully with all the requirements of this chapter with respect to such license. Any taxicab driver's license may be revoked or suspended by the Township Committee after notice and hearing, if the licensee has in any degree contributed to any injury to person or damage to property arising out of the negligent operation of a motor vehicle or if said taxicab driver shall have any communicable or contagious disease. Any taxicab license may be revoked or suspended by the Township Committee after notice and hearing if the taxicab licensed is dangerous to the safety or health of occupants or others, by reason of unsafe or unsanitary conditions, or if the financial responsibility of the owner, lessee or bailee has fallen below the requirements hereinbefore set forth or if said licensed taxicab shall be used for any improper, immoral or illegal business or purpose.
Any person, firm or corporation who or which shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to one or more of the following: a fine not exceeding $1,000; a term of imprisonment not exceeding 90 days; or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days.