Each applicant for a taxicab driver's license must comply with the following to the satisfaction of the Town Board:
Must first have obtained a New York State chauffeur's license.
Be of the age of 18 years or over.
Be of sound physique with good eyesight and not subject to epilepsy, vertigo, heart trouble or any other infirmity of body or mind, which might render him unfit for the safe operation of a public vehicle.
Be able to read and write the English language.
Be clean in dress and person and not addicted to the use of intoxicating liquor or drugs.
Produce on forms to be provided by the Town Clerk, affidavits of good character from two reputable citizens of the Town who have known him personally and have observed his conduct for at least one year next preceding the date of his application; and a further testimonial on a form provided for that purpose from his employer.
Fill out, upon a blank form to be provided by the Town Clerk, a statement giving his full name, residence, places of residence for five years previous to moving to his present address, age, height, color of eyes and hair, place of birth, whether a citizen of the United States, places of previous employment for the last five years, whether married or single, whether he has ever been arrested or convicted of a felony or misdemeanor, whether he has been previously licensed as a driver or chauffeur, and if so, whether his license has ever been suspended or revoked, and for what cause, and the number of the chauffeur's license issued by the state, which statement shall be signed and sworn to by the applicant and filed with the Town Clerk as a permanent record.
The Town Clerk is hereby authorized and empowered to require such additional information as he may deem necessary.
Each application shall be accompanied by a certificate from a physician duly licensed by the State of New York certifying he has examined the applicant within the thirty-day period prior to filing of the application and that in his opinion the applicant is not afflicted with any disease or physical or mental condition or infirmity which might make him an unsafe or unsatisfactory driver.
No person shall be issued a taxicab driver's license until an investigation and written report has been made by the Police Department showing that the applicant is a person of good character. A temporary permit may be issued, however, pending the investigation and written report.
Upon satisfactory fulfillment of the foregoing requirements, there shall be issued to the applicant a license which shall be in such form as to contain the signature of the licensee, and blank spaces upon which a record may be made of any convictions, arrests, serious complaints or reprimands against him. Each license shall be stamped by the seal of the Town. All licenses shall be numbered in the order in which they are issued and shall contain the name and place of residence of the licensee and the dates of issuance and expiration of the license. Any licensee who defaces, removes, or obliterates any official entry made upon his license shall be punished by the revocation of his license.
There shall be delivered to each licensed driver, a badge of such material, form and style as the Town Clerk may prescribe, with his license number thereon which must, under penalty of revocation of the license, be constantly and conspicuously displayed on the outside of the driver's outer garment when he is engaged in his employment.
Every license issued herein provided shall expire on the 30th day of April following the granting and issuing thereof.
The Town Clerk may renew a driver's license from year to year by appropriate endorsement thereon. A driver, in applying for a renewal of his license, shall make such application not less than 30 days next preceding its expiration upon a form to be furnished by the Town Clerk and may make such application any time after the expiration of said license, upon a form to be furnished by the Town Clerk entitled "Application for Renewal of License" which shall be filled out with the full name and address of the applicant together with a statement of the date upon which his original license was granted and the number thereof and such other information as the Town Clerk may deem necessary.
[Amended 6-19-1979 by Ord. No. 79-2; 12-17-1985 by Ord. No. 85-2]
Fees is such amounts as shall be set from time to time by resolution of the Town Board shall be paid for a driver's license or renewal thereof.
A driver's license may at any time be suspended or revoked for cause after a hearing by the Town Board. Any such suspension or revocation shall be noted on the license together with a statement of the reason thereof, and the driver shall be deprived of his badge by the Town Board. When the license is suspended or revoked, the driver's badge and a note of the revocation of suspension shall be forthwith sent to the Town Clerk; the badge to be returned to the driver at the expiration of the period for which the license was suspended.
A second suspension for the same reason, may or in any case, a third suspension of a driver's license, shall revoke the license.
No driver whose license has been revoked shall be again licensed as a taxicab driver in the Town unless upon the presentation of reasons satisfactory to the Town Board.
There shall be kept in the office of the Town Clerk a complete record of each license issued to a driver, and of all renewals, suspensions and revocations thereof, which record shall be kept on file with the original application of the driver for a license.
The Town Board may grant a driver's license at any time, in its discretion.