City of St. Ann, MO
St. Louis County
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Cross References — Licenses, permits and miscellaneous business regulations, ch. 605; motor vehicles and traffic, Title III; streets, sidewalks and public places, ch. 530.

Section 640.010 Definition. [1]

[CC 1988 §19-21; Ord. No. 306 §1, 8-17-1959]
The term "taxicab" shall include any motor vehicle performing a bona fide for hire taxicab service having a capacity of not more than five (5) passengers, exclusive of the driver, and not operated on a regular route or between fixed termini.
[1]
Cross Reference — Definitions and rules of construction generally, §100.020.

Section 640.020 Permits and Fees.

[CC 1988 §19-22; Ord. No. 306 §2, 8-17-1959]
A. 
No person shall conduct a taxicab business within the limits of the City without a permit from the Board of Aldermen.
B. 
All persons desiring to conduct a taxicab business within the limits of the City shall submit a written application, upon a form approved by the Board of Aldermen, to the Board of Aldermen.
C. 
If the Board of Aldermen determines that the applicant is prepared to comply with the laws and requirements relative to the conduct of such a business within the limits of the City, and further determines that the issuance of a permit to the applicant would not be detrimental to the best interests of the residents of the City, a permit shall be issued authorizing the conduct of the business. All permits shall be in effect from the date of issuance until the thirty-first (31st) of December following.
D. 
No such permit shall become effective until and unless the applicant has paid the fee due, and has deposited with the City Clerk a certificate of insurance showing that each and every vehicle used in the business authorized to be conducted is fully covered by type and amount of insurance as required by this Chapter.
E. 
All permits issued shall clearly state the number and type of vehicle or vehicles authorized to be operated under the permit.

Section 640.030 Taxicab Stands.

[CC 1988 §19-24; Ord. No. 306 §4, 8-17-1959]
No taxicab stand shall be established or maintained unless any and all locations therefor are expressly designated and approved by the Board of Aldermen. The issuance of any permit under this Chapter shall not be a waiver of this provision.

Section 640.040 Fares and Charges.

[CC 1988 §19-25; Ord. No. 306 §5, 8-17-1959]
A. 
Before being issued any permit to operate any vehicle under the provisions of this Chapter, the applicant shall advise the Board of Aldermen, in writing, of the schedule of fares and charges that will be in effect in his/her vehicles.
B. 
No fares or charges of any vehicle operated under the provisions of this Chapter shall be increased upon less than forty-five (45) days' written notice to the Board of Aldermen advising it of the nature of the increase and the reason therefor.
C. 
In the public interest no permit to operate any vehicle under the provisions of this Chapter shall be given to any person, company, partnership, corporation or business association of any kind which proposes, in the opinion of the Board of Aldermen, to levy or collect fares or charges which are so high as to be unjust or unreasonable. Before determining that proposed fares or charges are so high as to be unjust or unreasonable, the Board of Aldermen shall employ the services of competent transportation specialists, and shall conduct an open public hearing, if the applicant so requests such a hearing in writing, or the Board of Aldermen may conduct such a hearing on its own initiative if the applicant does not request it, and shall give the applicant the opportunity to, through competent evidence, establish that the proposed fares and charges are not so high as to be unjust and unreasonable and contrary to the public interest.
D. 
Unless the Board of Aldermen notifies the applicant in writing within thirty (30) days after receipt of notice of any new or increased schedule of fares or charges, that they have objection to the institution of such increased fares and charges, then the increases shall be permitted to become effective. If, within thirty (30) days, the Board of Aldermen notifies applicant that the fares and charges do not appear to be just and reasonable, then they shall not become effective until further order of the Board of Aldermen.
E. 
Under no circumstances shall the Board of Aldermen act in an arbitrary or capricious manner in determining the justness or reasonableness of any increase, or initial schedule, of fares or charges under this Chapter, and no applicant shall be forced to maintain in effect any fare or charge which is unreasonably low or which is non-compensatory.

Section 640.050 Permit Renewals.

[CC 1988 §19-26; Ord. No. 306 §6, 8-17-1959]
A. 
Applications for renewal of permits shall be in writing and shall be submitted to the Board of Aldermen at least thirty (30) days prior to expiration of the current permit if applicants desire to maintain a continuous operation after expiration of the current permit.
B. 
The Board may permit temporary operation pending investigation and action upon any application. However, all operations performed under any temporary authority shall comply with all requirements of the laws.

Section 640.060 Ownership of Vehicles.

[CC 1988 §19-27; Ord. No. 306 §7, 8-17-1959]
A. 
The Board of Aldermen shall be empowered to require that the person holding any permit provided for in this Chapter shall be the owner and operator of the vehicles operated under authority of such permits.
B. 
The term "operator" as used in this Section means supervisor, manager or person responsible for the conduct of the business.

Section 640.070 Permits Not Assignable.

[CC 1988 §19-28; Ord. No. 306 §8, 8-17-1959]
All permits issued under this Chapter shall not be assignable by the person to whom issued.

Section 640.080 Insurance.

[CC 1988 §19-29; Ord. No. 306 §9, 8-17-1959]
A. 
Each vehicle used as a taxicab operating under authority of a permit issued by the City shall be insured, at all times, with public liability insurance in the amounts of five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000.00) per person and one million dollars ($1,000,000.00) for all persons in an accident and property damage insurance at one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000.00) for each vehicle. Each vehicle used as a school bus shall be insured, at all times, with public liability insurance in the same amount.
B. 
A certificate of insurance showing such coverage shall be secured by applicant and filed with the City Clerk.
C. 
The Board of Aldermen shall have the power to require, whenever deemed necessary in the public interest, insurance coverage in excess of the prescribed minimum coverage provided in this Section.

Section 640.090 Equipment, Condition of Vehicles.

[CC 1988 §19-30; Ord. No. 306 §10, 8-17-1959]
A. 
Each vehicle operating under authority of a permit issued under this Chapter shall have all standard equipment, motive and safety, fully and efficiently operative, and no such vehicle shall be utilized in the carriage of passengers unless all such equipment is fully and efficiently operating.
B. 
Each such vehicle shall also be equipped with an accurate and fully operative meter showing the charges of transportation.
C. 
Each such vehicle shall also be equipped with a fully charged and operative hand fire extinguisher which shall be mounted in a position easily accessible to the driver of the vehicle.
D. 
Any vehicle authorized under this Chapter to perform the service of carrying children to or from school under the terms of any contract calling for such service need not contain a meter as required in other vehicles. However, any such vehicle used to perform the service of carrying children to or from school shall comply with all other requirements of this Chapter, and shall comply with all other laws of the City relating to school buses. All school children must be seated at all times.
E. 
Each vehicle operated under any permit to do business as a taxicab operator within the limits of the City shall be maintained and operated and driven with regard for the highest standards of safety and cleanliness. Each such vehicle shall be regularly and adequately serviced and repaired to fully comply with all safety requirements.
F. 
Each such vehicle must be clearly and neatly marked and identified as a taxicab, or school bus, and all such vehicles shall be uniformly marked and identified, and shall clearly show the rates charged for the service offered.

Section 640.100 Inspections.

[CC 1988 §19-31; Ord. No. 306 §11, 8-17-1959]
A. 
It shall be the duty of the Police Department of the City to regularly, at any reasonable time and place, to inspect each vehicle operating under a permit issued under this Chapter.
B. 
The Chief of Police shall direct and order such inspection and it shall be his/her duty to ensure that each vehicle is inspected at least once each month. The following parts of each vehicle will be inspected: Brakes, lights, signal lights, steering, tires, muffler and meter. Upon determination that any such vehicle is not complying with the requirements of this Chapter he/she shall notify the holder of the permit immediately.
C. 
If the vehicle that has been found not complying with the safety, maintenance and other requirements is not made to comply within two (2) days from the date of notice of failure to pass the inspection, the vehicle shall, by written order of the Chief of Police, be withdrawn from service, and shall not be used to carry passengers within the limits of the City until it is found to comply with all requirements of this Chapter.
D. 
If the inspection of any vehicle subject to this Chapter shows that the continued operation of that vehicle would constitute a hazard to the lives or property of its passengers, then the Chief of Police shall immediately notify the holder of the permit, and if he/she orders, by writing, the withdrawal of the vehicle from service immediately, it shall be immediately withdrawn from service, and shall not be returned to service unless and until an inspection demonstrates that the vehicle does comply with the requirements of this Chapter.

Section 640.110 Business Office — Records.

[CC 1988 §19-32; Ord. No. 306 §12, 8-17-1959; Ord. No. 617 §2, 6-15-1970]
A. 
Every person operating a taxicab business within the City shall maintain an office either within the City or within three (3) miles of the City limits, and shall notify the City Clerk of the location of such address and of any changes thereof.
B. 
The term "office" means a building or room in a building which complies with the zoning ordinances of the City or the community in which it is located when it is located within three (3) miles of the City limits.
C. 
In, or at, such office there shall be maintained by the person holding a permit to operate the business an accurate list of all vehicles operating under the permit issued, and a complete and accurate record of the servicing and repairs effective upon such vehicles; a complete and accurate list of the names, ages and addresses of all persons employed as drivers or dispatchers; a complete and accurate schedule of all rates and charges made for the services performed.
D. 
There shall also be kept such other records as deemed necessary by the Board of Aldermen for the proper supervision of the operation of the taxicab business for the safety of the people of the City.
E. 
All of these records shall be available, upon demand, for inspection by the Mayor, the Board of Aldermen or the Chief of Police.

Section 640.120 Drivers.

[CC 1988 §19-33; Ord. No. 306 §13, 8-17-1959]
A. 
Only competent and properly licensed persons shall be employed as drivers of all vehicles operating under authority of any permit issued under the provisions of this Chapter.
B. 
Habitual drunkards, known sex offenders, habitually careless drivers, or any other person known to be dangerous to the safety and morality of the residents of the City shall not be employed as drivers of any vehicle operating as a taxicab within the limits of the City.
C. 
All taxicab operators shall be fingerprinted and a record check of each operator shall be made by the Chief of Police.

Section 640.130 Other Taxes and Fees.

[CC 1988 §19-34; Ord. No. 306 §14, 8-17-1959]
The issuance of a permit under this Chapter, and the payment of a fee for the privilege of doing business within the limits of the City, shall not excuse the recipient and holder of such permit from the duty of paying all other properly due and payable taxes or assessments due and payable unto the City.

Section 640.140 Display of Licenses.

[CC 1988 §19-35; Ord. No. 306 §15, 8-17-1959]
A. 
Each vehicle authorized to be operated under any permit issued under the provisions of this Chapter shall be issued a license by the City Clerk upon compliance with all requirements of law. Such license shall be carried and displayed in the lower right-hand corner of the rear window of such vehicle at all times.
B. 
Any such vehicle found to be without such license shall be withdrawn from service, and if it is found that no license was issued for such vehicle, the driver shall be subject to arrest under the provisions of law regarding the doing of business within the City limits without a license.

Section 640.150 Revocation of Permits.

[CC 1988 §19-36; Ord. No. 306 §16, 8-17-1959]
A. 
If the holder of any permit issued under this Chapter shall flagrantly and repeatedly violate the provisions of this Chapter, then upon written complaint by the Chief of Police, the Board of Aldermen shall hold a public hearing on the fitness of such person to continue to operate a taxicab business within the limits of the City.
B. 
Written notice of such hearing shall be given by the Mayor to the person holding the permit informing him/her of the time, date, place and purpose of the meeting, and requesting his/her presence, and advising him/her that he/she may be represented by counsel.
C. 
At such hearing, the Mayor shall preside, and the Board shall hear the charges made, and the answer thereto.
D. 
If after such hearing a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Board of Aldermen finds that the holder of the permit has flagrantly and repeatedly violated the provisions of this Chapter, and that the continued operation of the service of the holder of the permit would be dangerous and contrary to the safety and best interests of the residents of the City, then the permit under investigation shall be revoked and no new permit issued to the holder thereof without a clear showing that the person is ready, willing and able to comply with the provisions of this Chapter.

Section 640.160 Cruising Permit.

[CC 1988 §19-37; Ord. No. 306 §18, 8-17-1959]
No taxicab cruising permits shall be granted.

Section 640.170 Exemptions.

[CC 1988 §19-38; Ord. No. 306 §19, 8-17-1959]
This Chapter shall not be interpreted as applying to any taxicab operating under authority of some other governmental authority and which does not maintain an office in the City and which is merely passing through the City, or delivering passengers coming from without the City into the City, or to any such taxi which responds to a call from a person within the City for a taxicab.