No limousine operator's license shall be issued or renewed unless the applicant complies with the following:
Furnish satisfactory evidence that he/she is the holder for at least one year prior to the date of application a valid automobile driver's license issued by the State of New Jersey, Motor Vehicle Commission;
Is at least 21 years of age;
Has been a resident of the State of New Jersey for one year or more;
Is able to read, write and speak the English language;
Is a citizen or legal alien of the United States; and
Certification to the Town that he/she has adequately provided for the safety of children under the age of five years, who may be passengers in a limousine owned or operated by him/her. The operator shall comply with federal child safety law regarding car seats.
Prior to submitting their applications, applicants shall fully complete "Form D" (available at the New Jersey State Police Internet website, www.njsp.org. or the Police Department) and follow the instructions for obtaining a criminal history background check, which includes making an appointment to be fingerprinted by the state contract vendor pursuant to N.J.S.A. 53:1-20.5 et seq. Applicants who fail to obtain a criminal history background check or otherwise refuse to consent to or cooperate in securing a criminal history check shall not be considered for a license. If the applicant is a corporation, then this requirement shall apply to the officers of the corporation.
An application for a limousine driver's license shall be filed with the Town Clerk upon forms provided by the Town. The application shall include the following information:
Name and address of the applicant.
Places of residence for the preceding five years.
Age, height, color of eyes and color of hair.
Business, home and cell phone numbers.
Social security number.
Employer's name and business address.
Whether the applicant has ever been convicted of a crime, disorderly persons offense or petty disorderly offense or of a felony, a high misdemeanor, or misdemeanor, or of a prior violation of a limousine ordinance, including but not limited to crimes, disorderly person, petty disorderly person, felonies, high misdemeanors, misdemeanors, or violations which occurred either in or outside of New Jersey.
Whether a driver's license, issued by any state or a limousine vehicle operator's license issued to him/her, has been suspended or revoked, and for what cause.
The application shall be accompanied by two passport-type photographs of the applicant taken within 30 days of the application, front view, size two inches by two inches.
Each application must be accompanied by a certification or certificate from a licensed and practicing physician of the State of New Jersey on his/her letterhead, certifying that the applicant has been examined on a certain date, within 60 days prior to the filing of the application; and that, in his/her opinion, the applicant is of sound physical condition, with good eyesight, not subject to epilepsy, vertigo, heart trouble, or any other infirmity of body or mind which might make him unfit for the safe operation of a limousine.
A copy of the operator's "Qualification Certification" issued by the State of New Jersey approved fingerprinting agency.
A copy of a State of New Jersey Driver's abstract issued by New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission having an issuance date of no longer than seven days prior submission of the proposed vehicle operator's application to the Town.
Changes in any application or submission information shall be provided to the Town Clerk within 72 hours of said change.
Upon the filing of an application for a limousine driver's license, the Town Clerk shall refer the same to the Chief of Police who shall conduct or cause to be conducted an investigation of each applicant for a limousine driver's license. Said investigation shall be conducted in accordance with the considerations set forth in § 265-8 hereof and shall include but not be limited to police review of the applicant's criminal record, business record and driving record. Any applicant who has been convicted of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol or reckless driving within 10 years preceding the date of the application or has more than six motor vehicle points or whose license is suspended or revoked on or after the date of the application shall not be issued a limousine driver's license.
Further, if an applicant's motor vehicle abstract reveals a history of multiple violations, the Town may refuse to issue such an applicant a limousine driver's license.
If after review of an application and after receipt of a recommendation from the Chief of Police, the Town Clerk finds that an application is in compliance with the licensing provisions of this section and with all other applicable statutes, rules and regulations, then the Town Clerk shall issue a limousine driver's license to the applicant.
If after review of an application and after the receipt of a recommendation from the Chief of Police, the Town Clerk finds that an application is not in compliance with the licensing provisions of this section or with all other applicable rules and regulations, the application shall be denied and no license shall be issued.
The Town of Boonton limousine licenses shall be numbered consecutively and shall contain the following information:
The Town Clerk shall keep a register of all limousine drivers' licenses issued, which register shall contain the details required by this subjection.
The Town-issued limousine license shall be clearly displayed within the vehicle at all times.
Duration. Limousine driver's licenses shall expire annually on June 30 of every year.
Revocation. A limousine driver's license shall be revoked by the Town Clerk under any of the following circumstances:
Upon the limousine driver's conviction of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol or reckless driving;
Upon the limousine driver's obtaining more than six motor vehicle points on his/her driving record;
Upon revocation of said limousine driver's New Jersey driving privileges by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission;
Upon revocation of said operator's driving privilege in any state having motor vehicle law reciprocity with New Jersey vis-a-vis the Interstate Compact codified in N.J.S.A. 39:5D-1 et seq.;
Upon violation of or noncompliance with any of the requirements of this chapter.
Notice of a revocation of a limousine driver's license shall be provided in writing via regular and certified mail, or via facsimile, or e-mail of record of the limousine driver or of the limousine driver's employer. However, direct oral communication by the Town Clerk or the Clerk's designee to the limousine driver or to the limousine driver's employer shall be sufficient notice to terminate the limousine driver's operation of a limousine within the Town before the written notice aforesaid is transmitted by the Town.
Reinstatement. A limousine driver's license may be reinstated by the Town Clerk upon the driver's compliance with all of the requirements in this section.
The holder of a limousine driver's license and the holder of a limousine license shall keep or cause to be kept a daily record upon which all trips shall be recorded. The daily record shall show the limousine license number of the driver, specific hours of duty, time and place of origin and destination of each trip and the amount of fare received for each trip. All such records shall be retained for one year.
Display of license. Every holder of a limousine driver's license shall have such license with the photograph attached, openly, clearly and conspicuously exhibited in the vehicle he is driving, which is to be placed next to the limousine license.
Receipt for fares. Every limousine driver shall, when requested, give a passenger a receipt for the fare paid.
No person shall drive or cause or allow a limousine to be driven on the streets or public places of the Town in search of or soliciting prospective passengers for hire. For the purposes of this section "in search of or soliciting of prospective passengers" shall mean picking up a passenger or attempting to pick up a passenger who has not previously made arrangements by telephone or other communication for a limousine pickup at a specific time and location.
Limousines licensed by the Town of Boonton shall not contain printed or painted letters, numbers, symbols, artwork, crests and the like on the outside of such limousines.