Every licensed vehicle shall have exhibited to its passengers in a conspicuous place and manner:
Every driver of a taxicab, immediately after the termination of any hiring or employment, must carefully search such taxicab for any property lost or left therein, and any such property, unless sooner claimed or delivered to the owner, must be reported within 24 hours, in writing, by the driver or owner of the taxicab to the Police Department, with brief particulars and description of the property.
The driver of any taxicab shall, upon demand by the passenger, render to such passenger a receipt for the amount charged, on which shall be the name of the owner, driver, the taxicab license number, the amount of the charge, date and time of the transaction and the point of origin and destination.
No person, other than the licensed driver of the taxicab, shall ride or sit in the front seat of the taxicab unless the rear is fully occupied by the passengers, except when, for physical or health reasons, a passenger must sit in the front seat.
No holder or driver shall knowingly permit his/her taxicab to be used for any illegal or immoral purposes, under penalty of suspension or, after hearing, revocation of the holder's or driver's license, or both, and such other penalty as may be provided.
No driver of a taxicab shall induce any person to employ him/her by knowingly misinforming or misleading such person either as to the time or place of the arrival or departure of any train, plane, bus or boat or as to the location of any hotel, public place or private residence within the Township or as to the distance between any two points, nor shall any such driver deceive any person or make any false representation to him/her or convey any passenger to any other place or over any route other than that to which such passenger may have instructed the driver to go. Unless otherwise ordered, passengers shall be conveyed only over the most practical direct route to their destination.
No driver shall delay an immediate departure or otherwise accommodate additional passengers without the permission of the first passenger to hire the taxicab.
Taxicab drivers, while engaged in the operation of a taxicab, shall behave in a civil and orderly manner and shall not use any indecent, profane or abusive language.
Taxicab drivers shall not receive or discharge passengers in the roadway without pulling their taxicabs as close as possible to the right-hand sidewalk or, in the absence of a sidewalk, to the extreme right-hand side of the road and there receive or discharge passengers. On one-way streets, passengers may be discharged at either the right- or left-hand sidewalk or side of roadway where no sidewalk exists.
All persons engaged in the taxicab business in the Township operating under the provisions of this chapter shall render an overall service to the public desiring to use taxicabs. They shall answer all calls received by them for services inside the corporate limits of the Township as soon as they can do so, and if the services cannot be rendered within a reasonable time, they shall then notify the prospective passenger how long it will be before the call can be answered and give the reason therefor. Any licensee or driver who shall refuse to accept a call anywhere in the corporate limits of the Township at any time when such licensee has available cab(s), or who shall fail or refuse to give overall service, shall be deemed a violator of this chapter, and the license or permit granted to such holder may, after a hearing, be revoked.
Taxi drivers shall not use the horns of their vehicles to alert customers of their arrivals. Violation of this provision shall constitute a violation of this chapter and a violation of N.J.S.A. 39:3-69.
No taxicab, while waiting for employment by passengers, shall stand on any public street or space other than at or upon a taxicab stand designated or established in accordance with this chapter, nor shall any driver of such taxicab seek employment by repeatedly and persistently driving his/her taxicab to and fro in a short space before, or by otherwise interfering with the proper and orderly access to or egress from, any theater, hall, hotel, public resort, railroad station or other place of public gathering.
No driver shall solicit passengers for a taxicab except when sitting upon the driver's seat thereof.
No driver shall solicit employment in the transportation of passengers by driving in or through any public street or public place at a slow rate of speed, commonly designated as "cruising," except in such areas and at such times as may be designated by the Business Administrator. Such areas and times shall only be designated when the Business Administrator finds that taxicab cruising would not congest traffic or be dangerous to pedestrians or other vehicles.
No driver shall solicit patronage in a loud tone of voice or in any manner to annoy any person or obstruct the movement of any person or to follow any person for the purpose of soliciting patronage.
No taxicab driver shall stand in front of the entrance to any building within the prohibited space after his/her passengers desiring to leave have alighted or attempt to stand in a prohibited space waiting for passengers.
Subject to any rules and regulations of the Business Administrator, it shall be unlawful for any taxicab to stand in any restricted area or any area which is controlled by parking meters or at the curb within 15 feet of the entrance to any theater, hotel, restaurant or other public place.
No driver shall permit any other person to occupy or ride a taxicab unless the person(s) first employing a taxicab shall consent to the acceptance of an additional passenger(s); provided, however, that an additional passenger(s) shall not be accepted if they are of a different sex than the passenger first employing the taxicab.
No charge shall be made for an additional passenger, except when the additional passenger rides beyond the previous passenger's destination, and then for only the additional distance so traveled. Upon reading the original passenger's destination, the driver shall collect his/her fare, and the passenger shall be charged as if the additional distance traveled were a new trip.
No driver shall permit more persons to be carried in a taxicab as passengers than the number of seat belts available for such passengers.
It shall be a violation of this chapter for any driver of a taxicab to solicit business for any hotels, motels, rooming houses, bars, taverns, restaurants, theaters and the like or to attempt to divert patronage from one such place to another. Neither shall such driver engage in selling intoxicating liquors or solicit business for any house of ill repute or use his/her vehicle for any purposes other than the transporting of passengers.
Each taxicab owner shall establish a dress code for the operators of his/her taxicabs. Each operator of a taxicab shall conform to the dress code as established by the owner of the taxicab. The establishment of a dress code shall include the wearing of a clean, pressed shirt or blouse and trousers or skirt and, in cooler weather, a uniform-type blazer or a jacket and chauffeur's cap. Each licensed taxicab driver, while on duty, shall be clean in person and free from offensive odors. Each driver shall maintain the vehicle in a repaired condition, free of debris and offensive odors and safe for the transportation of passengers. Each driver shall refrain from smoking while transporting passengers, unless permission of all passengers has been obtained. A driver shall not refuse a passenger because such passenger objects to the driver smoking tobacco. Each driver who objects to the smoking of tobacco by passengers shall have conspicuously posted a notice of such prohibition as required by N.J.S.A. 20:33-13.
Every licensee shall require the driver to keep a daily record, identified by the cab number of the cab used that day and the license number of the driver, of the time and place when and where the passenger was accepted, as well as the time and place of the discharge of the passenger, together with the fare received for the trip, which record the licensee shall keep intact for 180 days from the date thereof and shall be kept open at all times for inspection by a duly authorized representative of the Police Department or Business Administrator.
Every licensee shall record in a book kept solely for such purpose the time of departure from the garage or cab stand of every licensed vehicle, giving the name and address of the driver thereof, his/her license number, the license number of the vehicle and the time of the return to the garage or cab stand of each such vehicle, which book shall be kept open for inspection at all times to a duly authorized representative of the Police Department or Business Administrator.
A taxicab driver shall cooperate with law enforcement officers in the performance of his/her duty. A taxicab driver shall not conceal evidence of a crime, nor voluntarily aid violators to escape arrest. A taxi driver shall report immediately to the police any attempt to use his/her vehicle to commit a crime or escape from the scene of a crime.
Every driver licensed under this chapter shall comply with all Township, state and federal laws, the violation of which reflects unfavorably upon the fitness of such driver to engage in public transportation. Failure to do so will justify the Business Administrator in suspending or, after hearing, revoking the license.
If, at any time within the licensed year, a taxicab driver has been found guilty of a high misdemeanor, misdemeanor or has permitted his/her taxicab to be used for any illegal or immoral purpose, the Business Administrator may immediately suspend or, after hearing, revoke the driver's license.
Every vehicle operating under this chapter shall be periodically inspected, at such intervals as the Business Administrator may direct, to insure the continued maintenance of safe operating conditions.
Every vehicle operating under this chapter shall be kept in a clean and sanitary condition.
Any vehicle on the streets of the Township in violation of this section may be removed from the streets by the Police Department. If the vehicle is not returned to service in accordance with the provisions of this section within 90 days, the Business Administrator may suspend or, after hearing, revoke the taxicab license.
Side curtains or shades shall not be permitted on any taxicab licensed in the Township.
No vehicle covered by the terms of this chapter shall be licensed if, in a manner which is misleading or tends to deceive or defraud the public, its color scheme, name, monogram or insignia shall be in conflict with, or, in the opinion of the Business Administrator, imitates, any color scheme, name, monogram or insignia used by any other person operating a taxicab(s). Any taxicab license issued under the terms of this chapter shall be subject to suspension or revocation by the Business Administrator if any change is made with regard to the color scheme, name, monogram or insignia of any vehicle, in any manner tending to deceive or defraud the public, which, in the opinion of the Business Administrator, imitates any color scheme, name, monogram or insignia used by any other person operating a taxicab(s).
It shall be unlawful and a violation of this chapter for any person to operate any vehicle not licensed under this chapter in such a manner as to be misleading or tending to deceive or defraud the public into believing the vehicle is a licensed taxicab or is being operated as a licensed taxicab.
Any change of address of any owner or driver licensed under the provisions of this chapter must be reported, in writing, to the Township Clerk's office within 72 hours of such change. The loss of the license badge or any other book or document required to be kept by any licensed owner or driver must be reported to the Township Clerk's office, in writing, within 24 hours of such loss. In the event any licensed driver terminates his/her employment as such driver, he/she shall return the license, badge or any other paper or documents in his/her possession furnished to him/her by the Township Clerk to the Clerk's office within 72 hours of such termination.
It shall be unlawful for any person owning or operating any taxicab in the Township, licensed under the provisions of this chapter, to permit such taxicab to be operated by any person who does not hold a valid driver's permit as required by this chapter.