Borough of Folsom, NJ
Atlantic County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Folsom 2-14-2007 by Ord. No. 02-2007. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 187.

§ 175-1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
BOROUGH
The Borough of Folsom, Atlantic County, New Jersey.
DRIVER
Any person who operates a taxicab within the Borough.
OPERATION
Transporting in a taxicab one or more persons for hire along any of the streets in the Borough from a place within the Borough to a place within the Borough or outside the Borough.
OWNER
Any person in whose name title to any taxicab is registered with the New Jersey Division of Motor Vehicles or who appears in such record to be the conditional vendee or licensee thereof.
STREET
Any street, road, highway or public roadway of any kind.
TAXICAB
Any automobile or motor car, commonly called a "taxi," "cab," or "hack," engaged in the business of carrying passengers for hire or which is held out, announced or advertised to operate or run or which is operated or run over any of the streets within the Borough and which accepts passengers for transportation from places within the Borough to places within or without the Borough, provided that nothing herein shall include buses or designated routes or other public conveyances as are by law exclusively subject to state or federal regulation or which are operated by a governmental entity.

§ 175-2 Taxicab owner's license; fee; insurance.

The Borough Clerk is hereby authorized to issue licenses to qualified applicants who apply to the Clerk and pay the required fee on the following conditions:
A. 
Every owner shall make application for a license or renewal thereof, which shall be in writing and filed with the Borough Clerk and which shall set forth:
(1) 
The type of motor vehicle and the name of the manufacturer or the popular name thereof.
(2) 
The New Jersey license number of the motor vehicle.
(3) 
The seating capacity of the motor vehicle according to its factory rating.
(4) 
The name, age, residence, and business address if the applicant is a natural person; if a corporation or other entity, the name, date and place of formation and place of business, and the names and addresses of each individual with a direct or indirect interest in the applicant.
(5) 
The signature of such person making such application, which signature shall be notarized.
B. 
The applicant shall pay an annual license fee of $75 for each taxicab license.
C. 
Each application shall be accompanied by a certificate of insurance. The insurance coverage shall be written by an insurance company authorized to transact business under the laws of the State of New Jersey. Such policy shall provide coverage in an amount not less than $500,000 for liability for damages on account of bodily injury or death suffered by one person and in the sum of $1,000,000 on account of bodily injury or death suffered by more than one person and in the sum of $100,000 for personal property damage. Such license shall continue to be effective only so long as said insurance policy shall remain in full force and effect.
D. 
No license or license renewal shall be issued by the Borough Clerk until the application has been approved and its issuance authorized by an appropriate resolution of the Mayor and Council of the Borough.

§ 175-3 Number of licenses.

The Mayor and Council may, if deemed appropriate, establish a maximum number of taxicab licenses to be issued in the Borough. However, if such a limit is established, all existent licenses shall be renewable until such time, either by revocation or surrender, as the number shall be reduced to the maximum number established by the Mayor and Council.

§ 175-4 Taxicab driver's license; fee.

No person shall operate a taxicab within the Borough unless such person has made an application to the Borough Clerk and obtained a license upon the following conditions:
A. 
Satisfactory proof that such person is currently licensed by the New Jersey Department of Motor Vehicles and maintains a valid license.
B. 
Such person is at least 21 years or older.
C. 
Such person is able to read and write the English language and is a citizen or legal resident of the United States of America.
D. 
Furnish such person's full name, address, place of residence for the preceding five years, age, height, physical description, place of birth, whether such person has ever been convicted or pled guilty to any crime, whether such person's driver's license has ever been revoked, and whether such person during the preceding three years has been convicted of or pled guilty to violation of any of the provisions of the motor vehicle laws of New Jersey, setting forth the full details of any such conviction or guilty plea.
E. 
No license or license renewal shall be issued by the Borough Clerk until the application has been approved and its issuance authorized by an appropriate resolution of the Mayor and Council of the Borough.
F. 
The applicant shall pay an annual license fee of $25.

§ 175-5 Other licenses.

If an applicant for a taxicab owner's license or a taxicab driver's license holds a valid license from another municipality in Atlantic County, a copy of such license and the application for such license shall be provided to the Borough Clerk at the time of application for a license from the Borough. If such an applicant has ever had a license revoked or suspended by another municipality, full details of such revocation or suspension shall be provided at the time of application to the Borough; and in the event such a revocation or suspension takes place while a Borough license is held, the Borough shall be immediately notified of such revocation or suspension and full details provided to the Borough.

§ 175-6 Revocation or suspension.

A. 
The Borough Mayor and Council, by appropriate resolution, may revoke or suspend any license granted for any of the following reasons:
(1) 
For a violation of any of the provisions of this chapter.
(2) 
For a violation of any applicable traffic regulations or the laws of the State of New Jersey with respect to registration and inspection of motor vehicles.
(3) 
If said taxicab is used and engaged in the violation of any criminal law.
(4) 
Failure to pay any judgment for personal injury or property damage obtained against the owner.
(5) 
If the Mayor and Council reasonably determine that the revocation or, if appropriate, the temporary suspension of such license would be in the public interest.
B. 
Before any license may be revoked or suspended, the holder of such license shall be notified of the proposed revocation or suspension and given an opportunity for a public hearing before the Mayor and Council.

§ 175-7 Expiration of license.

All licenses issued under this chapter shall expire on the 31st day of December each year. The fee for any license issued after the first day of July of each year shall be 1/2 of the full fee.

§ 175-8 Nontransferability.

All licenses are nontransferable. However, upon the substitution of another vehicle for the vehicle originally licensed, the holder of the taxicab owner's license may submit substituted information to the Borough Clerk and shall pay a transfer fee of $10 for the reissuance of a license.

§ 175-9 Maintenance of taxicabs.

The owner of each taxicab operating in the Borough shall keep the taxicab in good running order so that it makes a presentable appearance and affords comfortable, safe rides to passengers and remains free from mechanical defects or other defects which would affect the safety of passengers.

§ 175-10 Violations and penalties.

Anyone violating the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to a fine of not more than $1,000, imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days, or a period of community service not to exceed 90 days. Each and every violation shall be considered a separate violation. In the event that a taxicab is being operated by someone who does not have a taxicab driver's license, both the driver and the owner of the taxicab shall be subject to the penalty provisions set forth herein.