Township of Hazlet, NJ
Monmouth County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Hazlet 3-16-1982 by Ord. No. 555-82 as Ch. X of the 1982 Revised General Ordinances (Ch. 293 of the 1993 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Licensing — See Ch. 249.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 305.

§ 411-1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following words shall have the meanings indicated:
OPERATION OF A TAXICAB
Consists of transporting in a taxicab one or more persons for hire. Accepting a passenger to be transported for hire from a point of departure within the Township to a destination within or without the Township shall be considered "operation of a taxicab" within the Township. The operation of a taxicab by one other than the owner shall be deemed operation by the owner as well as by the person actually driving the taxi. The transportation of any person other than the owner or driver in any motor vehicle bearing a sign using the words "taxi," "taxicab," "cab" or "hack" shall be prima facie evidence of operation.
OWNER
Any person in whose name title to any taxicab is registered with the New Jersey Division of Motor Vehicles, who appears in the Division's records to be a conditional vendee or lessee or has any other proprietary interest in a taxicab.
TAXICAB or TAXI
A motor vehicle used to transport passengers for hire which does not operate over a fixed route and is not hired by the day or hour.

§ 411-2 Licenses required; registry.

A. 
No person shall operate a taxicab within the Township unless both the owner and the driver of the taxicab are licensed under this chapter.
B. 
The Township Clerk shall keep a register of all licenses granted. The register shall indicate the character of the license, its number, date of issue, name of person licensed and any other information pertaining thereto. He or she shall keep all applications, and upon those which may be granted he or she shall endorse the number of the license issued.

§ 411-3 Types of licenses.

[Amended 9-21-1993 by Ord. No. 923-93]
A. 
Driver's license. The holder of a Hazlet Township taxicab driver's license shall be entitled to operate within the Township any taxicab whose owner has been licensed with the Township under this chapter.
B. 
Owner's license. The holder of a Hazlet Township taxicab owner's license shall be entitled to operate a taxicab owned by him or her within the Township, provided that the person driving the cab holds a valid Hazlet Township taxicab driver's license.

§ 411-4 Licensing of taxicab owners.

[Amended 9-21-1993 by Ord. No. 923-93]
A. 
Application information.
[Amended 9-3-2002 by Ord. No. 1235-02]
(1) 
Application for a taxicab owner's license shall be made to the licensing agent on the forms provided by him or her.
(2) 
Applications shall be verified by oath or affirmation. Applications by a partnership shall give the information required for each partner and shall be verified by all partners. Applications by a corporation shall give the information required for and be verified by all officers and directors and all persons holding more than 10% of the corporation's common stock, as well as by the corporation itself.
B. 
Investigation. The Chief of Police or a police officer designated by him or her shall investigate the application. A report containing the results of the investigation or evaluation, a recommendation by the Chief of Police that the license be granted or denied and the reasons for his or her recommendation shall be forwarded to the licensing agent.
[Amended 9-3-2002 by Ord. No. 1235-02]
C. 
Factors considered. In determining whether to grant or deny the license, the licensing agent shall take into consideration the following factors:
[Amended 9-3-2002 by Ord. No. 1235-02]
(1) 
The character, business and financial responsibility and experience of the applicant and the probability that, if granted a license, the applicant will operate his or her taxicab in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
(2) 
Any other factors directly related to the granting or denial of the license which would substantially affect the public safety or convenience.
D. 
Issuance of license. The licensing agent shall grant or deny the license. If the application is approved, the licensing agent shall issue the license upon the forms established by the Township.
[Amended 9-3-2002 by Ord. No. 1235-02]
E. 
License term; fees.
(1) 
A taxicab owner's license shall expire on the first day of July succeeding the date of issue.
(2) 
The license fee shall be $50 per year or portion thereof per vehicle, payable upon the filing of the application for the issuance or renewal of the license.
(3) 
The license provided shall bear a number and shall state the name of the person licensed. It shall briefly describe the vehicle licensed and contain the motor vehicle license number and the manufacturer's number of the motor vehicle.
F. 
Transfer of owner's license; fee. A taxicab owner's license may be altered or amended after the initial issuance or renewal to reflect a change of vehicle by submission of a written request and the filing of an amended certificate of insurance. A fee of $20 shall accompany each request.

§ 411-5 Licensing of taxicab drivers.

A. 
Applications.
[Amended 9-3-2002 by Ord. No. 1235-02]
(1) 
Applications for a taxicab driver's license shall be made to the licensing agent upon forms provided by him or her.
(2) 
The application shall be accompanied by a fee of $15 for the initial license period.
B. 
Investigation. The Chief of Police or a police officer designated by him or her shall investigate the application and shall report the results to the licensing agent within a reasonable time. The report shall include a recommendation that the license be granted or denied and the reasons for the recommendation.
[Amended 9-3-2002 by Ord. No. 1235-02]
C. 
Issuance of license; contents. Upon approval of the application by the Chief of Police or a police officer designated by him or her, the licensing agent shall immediately issue the applicant a taxicab driver's license. The license shall contain the licensee's name and address, signature and photograph and shall be signed by the licensing agent and have the Township Seal affixed thereto. Every holder of a driver's license shall have the license in his or her possession while operating a taxi.
[Amended 9-3-2002 by Ord. No. 1235-02]
D. 
Term of license; fee. An initial license to drive a taxicab shall expire on July 1 succeeding that date of issue. A taxicab driver's license may be renewed annually, unless it has been revoked or suspended, upon the payment of a fee of $15.
[Amended 9-21-1993 by Ord. No. 923-93]
E. 
Transfer of license. A taxicab driver's license shall be nontransferable.

§ 411-6 Inspection of vehicles; reinspections; repairs.

A. 
Initial inspection. Before any vehicle is used as a taxicab within the Township, it shall be inspected by the Chief of Police or a police officer designated by him or her to ascertain that it is in a safe, clean and sanitary condition and contains all safety devices required by law.
B. 
Reinspections. All taxicabs shall be reinspected annually or more often if the Township Committee shall so require by resolution. In addition, any police officer may inspect any taxicab at any reasonable time to determine if it is clean, sanitary and in a safe and proper operating condition.
C. 
Failure to pass inspection. Any taxicab which fails to pass inspection shall be immediately taken out of service and shall not be operated again within the Township until the defects which led to its rejection are corrected. In the case of minor defects which do not constitute an immediate danger to the health or safety of the public, the taxicab may continue to operate for a period of one week, at the end of which time it shall be reinspected. If the defect has not by then been corrected, the vehicle shall immediately be taken out of service and shall remain out of service until the defect is corrected.

§ 411-7 Public taxi stands.

A. 
Public taxi stands may be established only at such places as may from time to time be designed by the Township Committee. The Committee may designate the character of vehicles which may stand at any public taxi stands and may exclude all other vehicles from the stands. The location and capacity of any taxi stands shall be indicated by a sign substantially as follows:
"PUBLIC TAXI STAND, CAPACITY . . . . . . . . . ."
B. 
No vehicle other than one licensed hereunder and prepared to accept passengers upon request shall stand at any public taxi stand.

§ 411-8 Rates of fare; display.

A. 
The fare that may be charged by the driver or owner of a taxicab for a trip wholly within the limits of the Township shall not exceed the rates approved by the Township Committee in the application for owner's license.
B. 
A schedule of the approved rates shall be displayed in the taxicab in a manner so as to be read easily by all passengers.

§ 411-9 Receipts for passengers.

The driver of a taxicab, upon request, shall give the passenger a receipt for the amount charged. The receipt shall show the name of the owner, the license number of the taxicab, the amount of the fare and the date of the transaction.

§ 411-10 Refusal to pay fare.

No person after hiring a taxicab shall refuse to pay the legal fare, nor shall any person hire a taxicab with the intent not to pay the legal fare.

§ 411-11 Solicitation of passengers.

No driver or other person interested in or connected with any vehicle licensed hereunder shall solicit customers in a noisy or offensive manner, nor at any place other than public taxi stands in any manner whatsoever.

§ 411-12 Driver not to refuse orderly passengers.

No driver of any licensed vehicle which is disengaged shall refuse to carry any orderly person upon the payment of the rate of fare herein fixed.

§ 411-13 Standing in public places.

No driver of any vehicle licensed hereunder shall permit such vehicle, when disengaged, to stand in any public street or place other than at a public taxi stand, provided that nothing herein shall prevent the driver from waiting for a passenger in front of any building or place.

§ 411-14 Suspension or revocation of licenses.

A. 
Generally. In addition to the causes for revocation of a license set forth in § 249-8 of this Code, any license issued under this chapter may be revoked or suspended or any application for the issuance or renewal of a license denied for any of the following reasons:
(1) 
Failure to render reasonable, prompt, safe and adequate taxicab service.
(2) 
The existence of an unsatisfied judgment of record against the licensee or applicant in any suit arising over the operation of a motor vehicle.
(3) 
Permitting any taxicab owned or driven by the licensee to become unsafe, unsanitary or dirty.
(4) 
Failure to comply with all applicable laws of the State of New Jersey, the ordinances of the Township or the rules and regulations adopted in accordance with this chapter.
B. 
Drivers. If the licensee is a driver, his or her license may also be revoked or suspended for the following reasons:
(1) 
Revocation or suspension of his or her New Jersey motor vehicle operator's license.
(2) 
Contraction by the licensee of a communicable or contagious disease.
(3) 
Operating a taxicab in a reckless or grossly negligent manner or habitually operating a taxicab in a reckless or grossly negligent manner or habitually operating a taxicab in a negligent manner.

§ 411-15 Insurance.

[Amended 5-21-1990 by Ord. No. 790-97; 9-21-1993 by Ord. No. 923-93; 8-2-2005 by Ord. No. 1337-05]
Before a taxi owner's license shall be issued, the applicant must file with the Township Clerk, a policy of insurance with the premium prepaid thereon from a company duly licensed to transact business under the insurance laws of the State of New Jersey, in the amount of not less than $10,000 to satisfy all claims for damages, by reason of bodily injury to, or the death of, any one person, resulting from an accident, and a sum of not less than $20,000 to satisfy all claims for damages, by reason of the bodily injuries to, or the death of, all persons, on account of any such accident, by reason of the ownership, operation, maintenance, or use of such autocab upon any public street; and conditioned for the payment of a sum not less than $5,000 to satisfy any claim for damages to property of any one person, resulting from an accident, and a sum not less than $5,000 to satisfy all claims for damages to property of all persons, on account of any such accident, by reason of the ownership, operation, maintenance, or use of such autocab upon any public street. The permit shall continue effective and operative only as long as the insurance policy shall remain in force and effect, and the full amounts thereunder shall remain collectible.

§ 411-16 Violations and penalties.

[Added 9-21-1993 by Ord. No. 923-93]
For violation of any provision of this chapter, the maximum penalty, upon conviction, shall not exceed the maximum penalties set forth in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article III. Each and every violation of any provision of this chapter shall be considered a separate violation and shall subject the person so charged to the maximum penalty.