[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Warwick 11-9-1977 (Ch. 23 of the 1973 Municipal Code) Amendments noted where applicable.]
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 154.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- A public carriage, cab, hack, automobile or other vehicle for the transportation of persons for hire, except a vehicle duly licensed and operating under and pursuant to the Transportation Corporations Law of the State of New York.
No taxicab shall be used to pick up a person or persons in the Town of Warwick or convey a person or persons from a point within the Town of Warwick to a destination either within or without the Town, nor be used for the purpose of soliciting passengers within the Town, unless such taxicab is first licensed as herein provided.
The owner of such taxicab shall apply to the Town Board for the issuance of a license, upon such form as may be prescribed by said Board. Such license shall be issued only upon proof that the taxicab complies with all laws, requirements and regulations of the State of New York pertaining to the registration, equipment and operation thereof and shall be revocable for noncompliance with such laws, requirements and regulations or upon the failure of the owner or operator thereof to comply with the provisions of this chapter.
The annual license fee for each taxicab shall be the sum of $15, and the license shall expire on May 31 of each year.
Taxicabs licensed by an incorporated village within the Town shall apply to the Town Board as required in Subsection B, but such Town license shall be issued without additional fee in such cases. Possession of a valid license from an incorporated village within the Town shall be accepted in place of all other proof required by Subsection B as a prerequisite for a Town license.
No person driving or operating a taxicab shall pick up a person or persons in the Town of Warwick or convey a person or persons from a point within the Town of Warwick to a destination either within or without the Town, nor solicit passengers within the Town, unless he shall first procure from the Town Board of the Town a license for the operation thereof.
No such license shall be granted unless the Town Board shall determine that the applicant is duly licensed by the State of New York to operate a motor vehicle for hire, that he is of good moral character and that he is a fit and proper person to operate a taxicab and that the issuance of a license would not be detrimental to the public interest.
Such license shall be revocable by the Town Board at any time upon proof that the operator is not properly licensed by the State of New York, that he is not of good moral character or a fit and proper person to operate a taxicab, that the operation thereof is detrimental to the public interest or that said operator is violating any of the provisions of this chapter.
The license to operate a taxicab issued pursuant to this section shall expire on May 31 of each year.
The license fee for such operator shall be the sum of $3.
The owner of a taxicab shall not permit the operation thereof by an unlicensed driver in violation of the terms of this chapter.
No license issued pursuant to this chapter shall be deemed to be in effect until the fee hereinbefore prescribed shall have been paid to the Town Clerk and his receipt endorsed thereon. There shall be annexed to each driver's and operator's license prior to its issuance a photograph of the licensee, two inches in length and two inches in width. Each operator of a taxicab shall, during the time he operates the same, have his license posted in a conspicuous place therein.
This chapter shall not apply to any incorporated village in the Town of Warwick.
Any person violating any provision of this chapter shall be guilty of a violation punishable by a fine not to exceed $250 or by imprisonment for a term not to exceed 15 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. Each day a violation shall continue shall constitute a separate and distinct offense.