City of Coldwater, MI
Branch County
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[Ord. No. 480,[1] passed 4-26-1993]
No person shall engage in the business of operating a taxicab on the streets of the City without having first obtained a license therefor, for each of such taxicabs, as provided in this chapter. No person shall operate a taxicab on the streets of the City without having first obtained a taxicab driver's license as provided in this chapter.
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Editor's Note: This ordinance also reenacted Ch. 866, Taxicabs, as adopted 4-26-1943 by Ord. No. 151, in its entirety.
[Ord. No. 480, passed 4-26-1993]
Application for a taxicab license under this chapter shall be made in writing on application forms to be furnished by the Police Department and shall state the applicant's full name, marital status, age and residence and the make, ownership, vehicle identification number, license number and seating capacity of the automobile or automobiles to be used in the business.
For a taxicab driver's license, the application shall state the applicant's name, age, residence and experience as a driver, and shall further state the number of the applicant's chauffeur's license issued by the State, the name of the taxicab owner for whom such applicant shall be employed and such other information as may be necessary in the enforcement of this chapter.
[Ord. No. 480, passed 4-26-1993]
The Chief of Police shall cause an investigation to be made as to the applicant's fitness and ability to serve the public in a safe, fair, honest and competent manner and the applicant's ability to comply with this chapter. This investigation shall include, but is not limited to, the following:
(a) 
The applicant's criminal history, if any; and
(b) 
The applicant's driving record.
No license shall be issued to any person who does not possess, at the time of issuance of such license, a certificate of registration as a licensed chauffeur under the laws of the State, to any person who has, in the preceding 12 months, been convicted or found responsible for any violation of the traffic laws of this State, any other state or any political subdivision thereof, or to any person who, within the last seven years, has been convicted of any offense involving the use of intoxicating liquors or drugs.
[Ord. No. 480, passed 4-26-1993]
Before any vehicle is licensed under the provisions of this chapter to be operated as a taxicab, the owner thereof shall file with the Chief of Police a statement from a qualified mechanic licensed by the State to the effect that the vehicle has been carefully checked and inspected and found to be in a safe condition to be used as a taxicab. Such statement must bear the date that the inspection was made and the serial number of the vehicle. The statement shall be filed within 10 days from the date of the inspection. Such statement shall be filed with the Chief of Police every year. Failure to file such a statement in a timely fashion shall automatically cause a forfeit of the license for such vehicle.
[Ord. No. 480, passed 4-26-1993]
All persons operating taxicabs in the City shall, for the protection of the persons carried in the taxicabs owned by them and for the protection of the public, carry on each taxicab insurance in the amount of a minimum of $100,000 for bodily injury to any one person, $300,000 for liability growing out of any one accident, and not less than $50,000 for damage to property that may result from an accident. This insurance shall be carried with insurers licensed to do business in the State, and such taxicab operators shall furnish a certificate that such insurance is in effect. Failure to furnish such certificate or to maintain such insurance shall result in automatic forfeiture of the taxicab license, or shall be grounds for denial of a license.
[Ord. No. 480, passed 4-26-1993]
The fee for a taxicab license is as presently established or as hereafter adopted by resolution of Council.
[Ord. No. 480, passed 4-26-1993]
The Chief of Police shall issue a taxicab license as provided in this chapter if it appears that the applicant will serve the public in a safe, fair, honest and competent manner, and will comply with the provisions of these Codified Ordinances and all other applicable Federal, State and local laws, ordinances, rules and regulations. Such license shall expire on January 1 following its date of issuance.
[Ord. No. 480, passed 4-26-1993]
Nothing in this chapter shall be deemed to prohibit any person from operating more than one taxicab, provided that the remaining provisions of this chapter are observed, and provided, further, that the driver of a taxicab obtains a taxicab driver's license as provided in this chapter.
[Ord. No. 480, passed 4-26-1993]
Nothing herein shall be construed to prevent the licensing of a corporation, partnership or association as the owner of a taxicab, but each driver of such taxicab, if a partner or a member of an association or an employee of a corporation, shall be licensed in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
[Ord. No. 480, passed 4-26-1993]
A license issued as provided in this chapter shall not be transferable.
[Ord. No. 480, passed 4-26-1993]
Each taxicab operator and driver licensed as provided in this chapter shall comply with all applicable Federal, State and local laws, ordinances, rules and regulations.
[Ord. No. 480, passed 4-26-1993]
There shall be posted by the owner or driver of each taxicab licensed as provided in this chapter, in a conspicuous place on the inside of such taxicab and in full view of each occupant thereof, a notice containing the rates of the fares to be charged for the use of such taxicab.
[Ord. No. 480, passed 4-26-1993]
Any person who shall solicit and receive the service of any taxicab within the City without paying therefor, with the intent to defraud the owner or operator of such taxicab out of the pay for the service rendered, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. Refusal or neglect to pay for such service on demand, or leaving such taxicab without paying or offering to pay for such service, shall be prima-facie proof of fraudulent intent.
[Ord. No. 480, passed 4-26-1993]
Existing taxicab licenses shall be valid until January 1, 1994.
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Editor's Note: See § 202.99, General Code penalty.