"Taxicab", any motor vehicle performing a bona fide for hire taxicab service having a capacity of not more than five (5) passengers, exclusive of the driver, and not operated on a regular route or between fixed termini.
[Code 1972, §34-1; CC 1988 §28-1]
No person shall engage in or carry on the business of transporting persons for hire by motor vehicle of any kind without obtaining a license therefor and without maintaining such license in full force and effect.
[Code 1972, §34-3; CC 1988 §28-2]
Every person owning or operating a motor vehicle within the City for the purpose of carrying passengers for hire, shall pay a license tax of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) for each licensed vehicle used for such purpose, not to exceed three (3).
[Code 1972, §34-4; CC 1988 §28-3]
All licenses issued under this Chapter shall be for a period of one (1) year subsequent to the date of issuance.
[Code 1972, §34-5; CC 1988 §28-4]
A license shall not be issued to any person as provided in this Chapter unless such person shall deliver to the City Clerk a policy of liability insurance covering all vehicles so licensed, in a company approved by the City Council, with premium paid thereon, covering property damage to the extent of ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00) and personal injuries to the extent of thirty thousand dollars ($30,000.00) for each person injured in any accident and sixty thousand dollars ($60,000.00) for each accident. Such policy shall be kept in force by such operator or owner and shall remain in the custody of the City Clerk during the term for which the license is issued; provided, that if such policy lapses, is terminated or in any other manner is not in full force and effect, such license to operate the motor vehicle for hire shall be suspended during the period such policy is not in force.
[Code 1972, §34-6; CC 1988 §28-5]
Each vehicle for hire shall, at the expense of the owner or operator, be inspected every six (6) months by a person regularly doing business within the City and authorized and approved by the State to make its motor vehicle inspection and issue safety-inspected certificates. A Certificate of Inspection or a duplicate thereof from a duly authorized official inspection station shall be a prerequisite to the issuance of any license under this Chapter. A subsequent semiannual inspection with certificate thereof showing no defect uncorrected shall be furnished by the operator of a licensed vehicle to the City Clerk within ten (10) days following the semiannual anniversary of the issuance of license. Upon failure to comply with the provisions of this Section, the license shall be revoked as to such vehicle.