City of Hoboken, NJ
Hudson County
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The following rules shall apply to all drivers of taxicabs. Such rules, numbered sequentially below, shall be referred to by chapter, section and rule number. They are set forth below as follows:
Rule No.
Rule Specification
101
A driver shall be clean and neat in dress and person. A driver must wear hemmed or tailored trousers that are no higher than mid- thigh and have no holes. A female driver must wear hemmed or tailored trousers or skirt that is no higher than mid-thigh and that has no holes. A driver must wear closed shoes or sneakers. A driver must wear a collared shirt or blouse, without holes, which, if it has buttons, must be buttoned, except for the top two buttons. A driver may not wear as outer clothing underwear, T-shirts, tank tops, tube tops, body shirts, swim wear, bathing trunks or cutoff shorts.
102
A driver shall not smoke while carrying a passenger unless the passenger verbally consents.
103
A driver shall not operate or occupy a taxicab while his driving ability is impaired by either alcohol or drugs. While driving or occupying a taxicab, a driver shall not consume any alcoholic beverage or any drugs or narcotics which are either illegal or capable of impairing his driving ability.
104
A driver shall not operate a taxicab for more than 12 consecutive hours, and a driver shall not operate more than 12 total hours in any twenty-four-hour period. Twenty-four-hour periods shall be measured from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.
105
A driver shall, at all times, cooperate with all law enforcement officers, authorized representatives of the Division of Taxi and Limousine Licensing and dispatchers at public transportation terminals and authorized group ride taxi lines and shall comply with all their reasonable requests, including but not limited to providing his name and taxicab operator's license number and exhibiting the rate card, trip record and other documents required to be in his possession.
106
a.
A driver shall not operate his taxicab in such a manner or at a speed which unreasonably endangers users of other vehicles, pedestrians or his passengers.
b.
A driver who knows or should know that personal injury has been caused to another person or that damage has been caused to the property of another person due to an accident involving the driver's taxicab shall, before leaving the place where the damage or injury occurred, stop, exhibit to such other person his taxicab operator's license, motor vehicle driver's license and rate card and give to such other person his name, residence address, chauffeur's license number, taxicab driver's number and taxicab medallion number, as well as the name of the taxicab's insurance carrier and the insurance policy number.
c.
A driver shall operate his taxicab at all times in full compliance with all laws, rules and regulations of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and any regulatory body or governmental agency having jurisdiction over motor vehicles, with respect to matters not otherwise specifically covered in these rules.
d.
A driver, while operating a taxicab, shall immediately report to the owner of the vehicle any motor vehicle accident in which he is involved.
107
A radio shall be turned on or off at the request of the passenger. The passenger shall have the right to select the radio program. Whether or not a taxicab is hired, a radio shall be played at normal volume only and comply with all noise ordinances.
108
An air conditioning and heating device in a taxicab shall be turned on or off at the request of a passenger.
109
A driver, while performing his duties and responsibilities as a driver, shall not commit or attempt to commit, alone or in concert with another, any act of fraud, misrepresentation or larceny or perform any willful act of, omission or commission which is against the best interests of the public, even though not specifically mentioned in these rules.
110
A driver shall not apply for or accept more than one taxicab operator's license without the Division of Taxi and Limousine Licensing's written permission.
111
A driver shall not permit any other person to use the driver's taxicab operator's license while such person is operating any vehicle.
112
a.
A driver shall not permit the taxicab to be operated for hire by another person who is not currently licensed by the Division of Taxi and Limousine Licensing as a taxicab driver.
b.
During the work shift, a driver shall not allow another person to operate the taxicab or occupy the driver's seat, except in the event of an emergency.
113
a.
A driver shall not use or permit any person to use his taxicab for any unlawful purpose.
b.
A driver shall not conceal any evidence of a crime nor voluntarily aid violators to escape arrest.
c.
A driver shall report immediately to the police any attempt to use his taxicab to commit a crime or to escape from the scene of a crime.
114
A driver or any person acting on his behalf shall not offer or give any gift, gratuity or thing of value to any employee, representative or member of the office of the Division of Taxi and Limousine Licensing or any public servant or any dispatcher employed at a public transportation facility.
115
A driver shall immediately report to the Division of Taxi and Limousine Licensing and the Hoboken Police Department any request or demand for a gift, gratuity, free service or anything of value by any employee or representative of the Division of Taxi and Limousine Licensing, any member of the City Council of Hoboken, any police officer, any dispatcher or any public servant.
116
A driver shall notify the Director, in writing, of the driver's conviction of a crime or motor vehicle offense, excluding parking violations for vehicles other than a taxicab, within 15 days of such conviction, and he/she shall deliver to the Division of Taxi and Limousine Licensing a certified copy of the certificate of disposition issued by the clerk of the court within 15 days of sentencing.
117
A driver shall not permit more than four passengers to ride in his taxicab, unless the particular vehicle in question has been rated higher by the Division of Taxi and Limousine Licensing pursuant to § 179A-23E of this chapter. Children under the age of seven seated in the lap of an adult passenger seated in the rear must be permitted and shall not count as passengers for the purposes of computing the number of passengers.
118
A handicapped passenger, unable to enter or ride in the rear passenger part of the taxicab, must be permitted to occupy the front seat alongside the driver. If a passenger's luggage occupies the rear passenger part of the taxicab, a passenger must be permitted to occupy the front seat alongside the driver.
119
a.
A driver shall be courteous to passengers.
b.
A driver shall comply with all the reasonable requests of a passenger, including but not limited to providing, upon request, his name, his taxicab operator's license number and the City assigned taxi number.
120
A driver shall not threaten, harass or abuse any passenger, governmental officer, representative of the Division of Taxi and Limousine Licensing, public servant or any other person while performing his duties as a driver.
121
A driver shall not use or attempt to use any physical force against any passenger, governmental officer, representative of the Division of Taxi and Limousine Licensing, public servant or any other person while performing his duties as a driver.
122
A driver shall solicit passengers only while sitting in the driver's seat of his taxicab or while standing immediately adjacent to the curbside of his taxicab and only with the words "taxi" or "cab" or "taxicab." This rule shall not be construed to allow any solicitation or conduct otherwise prohibited by this chapter.
123
A driver may not use another person, other than a dispatcher at an authorized group-ride taxi line, to solicit a passenger nor suggest to a passenger that an additional person be accepted as a passenger.
124
A driver shall not solicit passengers within 50 feet of any bus stop nor stop there unless hailed.
125
A driver shall not pick up additional fares while the taxi continues to be employed.
126
A driver may not, in omnibus fashion, pick up passengers at one or more locations.
127
A driver shall not seek to ascertain the destination of a passenger before such passenger is seated in the taxicab.
128
A driver shall not refuse by words, gestures or any other means to take any orderly and lawful passenger to any destination within the City of Hoboken and a 25 mile radius thereof. This includes a person who is handicapped and any guide dog or other service animal accompanying such person.
129
A driver shall not induce the hire of his taxicab by giving misleading information, including but not limited to, the times of arrival and departure of trains, buses, ships, ferries, planes or other scheduled forms of transportation, the location of a building or place or the distance between two points.
130
a.
A driver shall not refuse to transport a passenger's luggage, wheelchair, crutches or other property.
b.
Upon request of a passenger, the driver shall load or unload such property in or from the taxicab's interior or trunk compartment and shall secure such compartment.
131
A driver shall not sell, advertise or recommend any service or merchandise to any passenger without prior written approval from the Division of Taxi and Limousine Licensing.
132
A driver shall comply with any request of a passenger during the trip to change his destination or terminate the trip, unless it is impossible for the driver to comply with such request, and the passenger shall pay the fare at the time of termination.
133
A driver shall take a passenger to his destination by the shortest reasonable route unless the passenger requests a different route or unless the driver proposes a faster alternative route to which the passenger agrees. The driver shall comply with all reasonable and lawful routing requests of the passenger.
134
A driver shall be required to accept United States currency or a Director approved group voucher.
135
A driver shall give the correct change to a passenger who has paid the fare.
136
A driver shall give a passenger a receipt for payment of the fare when requested to do so by the passenger; such a receipt shall state the date, time, City assigned taxi number, fare paid, any other charge and the Division of Taxi and Limousine Licensing's Complaint Department telephone number.
137
A driver shall not ask a passenger for a tip nor indicate that a tip is expected or required.
138
If a passenger refuses to pay the fare, the driver, with the passenger's consent, may place the meter in the off or "vacant" position, illuminate the "off-duty" light, enter on the trip record the words "off-duty" and the amount of the fare, proceed directly to the nearest police station, present the facts to the police and follow their instructions for resolving the dispute.
139
A driver shall promptly answer and comply as directed with all questions, communications, directives and summonses from the Division of Taxi and Limousine Licensing or his representative. A driver shall produce his taxicab operator's license and Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) license, trip record or other documents whenever the Division of Taxi and Limousine Licensing or his representative requires him to do so.
140
A driver shall not knowingly operate a vehicle for hire unless such vehicle is properly licensed by the Division of Taxi and Limousine Licensing.
141
A driver shall comply with all restrictions endorsed by the Director upon his taxicab operator's license.
142
a.
A driver shall not operate a taxicab in the City of Hoboken while his taxicab operator's license or his motor vehicle driver's license is revoked, suspended or expired.
b.
A driver shall immediately surrender his taxicab operator's license to the Division of Taxi and Limousine Licensing upon the suspension or revocation of his chauffeur's license.
143
A driver shall take all reasonable steps to safeguard his taxicab operator's license.
144
A driver shall notify the Division of Taxi and Limousine Licensing, in writing, of the loss or theft of his taxicab operator's license within 72 hours, exclusive of weekends and holidays.
145
A driver shall not alter, deface, mutilate or obliterate any portion of his taxicab operator's license or the attached photograph so as to cause it to present false information or make it unreadable or unrecognizable.
146
A driver shall immediately surrender for replacement any unreadable or unrecognizable taxicab operator's license.
147
A driver shall submit four prints of a new photograph to the Division of Taxi and Limousine Licensing whenever his physical appearance has substantially changed. Substantial change shall include, but not be limited to, the growth or removal of facial hair.
148
A driver shall report any change of mailing address to the Division of Taxi and Limousine Licensing, either in person or by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, within seven days, exclusive of weekends and holidays. Any notice from the Division of Taxi and Limousine Licensing shall be deemed sufficient if sent to the mailing address furnished by the driver.
149
A driver, while operating a taxicab, shall not carry a weapon without the Division of Taxi and Limousine Licensing's written authorization.
150
a.
A driver shall keep a trip record in the taxicab, make all entries legibly in ink and include the following information:
1.
The taxicab's City assigned taxi number.
2.
His name and taxicab operator's license number.
3.
The license plate number.
4.
At the start of each trip: the destination and the starting time.
5.
On completion of the trip: the date, time, specific location, the amount of fare and all other entries required by these rules.
b.
A driver shall not make erasures or obliterations or white-outs on a trip record. The driver shall correct any wrong entry only by drawing a single line through the incorrect entry. A driver shall not leave blank lines between entries.
c.
A driver shall not rewrite a trip record, either in whole or in part, unless authorized by the Division of Taxi and Limousine Licensing.
151
A driver shall not operate a taxicab unless all of the following are present in the taxicab:
a.
The trip record, also known as a "trip sheet."
b.
His taxicab operator's license in an appropriate frame on the right side of the dashboard.
c.
The rate card assigned to the taxicab.
d.
Receipts for passengers.
e.
All notices required to be posted in the taxicab.
152
A driver shall not obstruct a passenger's view of any of the items required to be posted in a taxicab by these rules.
153
A driver shall not operate a taxicab having any equipment, devices or signs not specifically specified in these rules unless authorized, in writing, by the Division of Taxi and Limousine Licensing.
154
A driver shall not operate a taxicab without continued personal inspections and reasonable determination that all equipment, including brakes, tires, lights and signals, is in good working order.
155
A driver shall not operate a taxicab unless both he and the owner or his agent if the driver's vehicle is not owned by the driver, shall, at the beginning of each work shift, sign and certify on the trip record that the taxicab and its equipment are in good working order and the items required in the taxicab are present. One entry for a driver who owns the vehicle he drives is sufficient for that vehicle.
156
When a taxicab taken out of service for repair has been repaired, and if the repairs were made by the driver he shall immediately make a trip record entry showing the work that was completed, the shop name and the time the work was finished. The driver shall carry the work order or receipt with him while on his work shift and deliver it to the owner at the end of that shift.
157
A driver, during his work shift, shall keep the taxicab's exterior and interior clean.
158
A driver has the right to take a position on any taxi stand having a vacancy, and no other taxicab driver may interfere with that right.
159
A driver may not occupy a taxi stand for the purpose of rest or repairing his taxicab, except for minor emergency repairs.
160
A driver shall not overcrowd, back into a front position on a taxi stand or otherwise cut the line. A driver shall take the rear position on the line formed at such a stand, unless it is a relief stand that has a vacancy.
161
A driver may occupy a taxi stand only when he is on duty.
162
The driver of each of the first two taxicabs on a taxi stand, other than a relief stand, shall remain in the driver's seat ready to accept passengers. Any other driver on such a stand shall be no more than 15 feet from his taxicab, unless he is off duty and the required "Off-Duty" light or "Relief Time" sign is visibly displayed.
163
The rules regarding taxi stands also apply to special taxi stands and feed lines at air, rail, bus and ship terminals.
164
A driver shall immediately report to the Division of Taxi and Limousine Licensing any taxi license holder who instructs any driver to violate any section of this chapter.
165
A driver shall not charge a fare in excess of that provided for by this chapter.
A fine not less than the following penalties shall apply to violations of the rules set forth in § 179A-34. The penalty schedule lists the rule number, the range of fines associated with a violation of that rule and whether the violator is required to make a personal appearance to answer such charge:
Rule
Penalty/Fine
Appearance Required
101
$150
No
102
$200
No
103
$350 to $600 and mandatory revocation[1]
Yes
104
$125
No
105
$150 to $450
Yes
106a
$200 to $350 and/or suspension of 5 days
Yes
106b
$200 to $350 and/or suspension of 5 days
Yes
106c
$150 to $200 for a violation that governs stationary vehicles
Yes
106d
$250 to $500 and/or suspension of 5 days
Yes
107
$150
No
108
$150
No
109
$300 to $450
Yes
110
$150 to $250 and/or suspension of 20 days
Yes
111
$350 to $600 and/or suspension of 5 days
Yes
112a
$250 to $450 and/or suspension of 5 days
Yes
112b
$150
No
113a, b and c
$350 to $600 and/or suspension of 20 days
Yes
114
$200 to $350 and/or suspension of 10 days
Yes
115
$200
No
116
$350 to $600
No
117
See § 179A-15D
No
118
$150 to $250
No
119a and b
$150
No
120
$350
No
121
$350 to $600
No
122
$350
No
123
$150 to $200
No
124
See § 179A-15D
No
125
See § 179A-15D
No
126
$200 to $350
No
127
$200
No
128
$200
No
129
$200
No
130a and b
$150 to $200
No
131
$150 to $200
No
132
$150 to $200
No
133
$150 to $200
No
134
$150 to $200
No
135
$150 to $200
No
136
$150
No
137
$150
No
138
No penalty attached
No applicable
139
$200
Yes
140
$350 to $600
Yes
141
$150 to $200
Yes
142a and b
$350 to $600
Yes
143
$125
No
144
$125
No
145
$200
No
146
$125
No
147
$125
No
148
$200
No
149
$200
Yes
150a, b and c
$200
Yes
151
$200
Yes
152
$125
Yes
153
$125
No
154
$150 to $200
Yes
155
$150 to $200
Yes
156
$150 to $200
Yes
157
$125
No
158
$200
No
159
$200
No
160
$200
No
161
$200
No
162
$125 to $150
No
163
$125 to $150
No
164
$150 to $250
No
165
$500 to $1,000 and/or suspension for 30 days
Yes
[1]
Editor's Note: In addition to those penalties provided for by N.J.S.A. 39:4-50.