[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Council of the Village of Spring Lake as Ch. 82, Art. II, of the 2000 Code of Ordinances. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 365.
The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this chapter, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
- Includes any street, alley, avenue, court, land or public place within the limits of the Village.
- Includes any motor vehicle engaged in the business of carrying persons for hire, where no regular or specified route is traveled, and in which passengers are taken to and from such places as they may designate; provided, that motor vehicles used exclusively as hearses, ambulances or buses traveling scheduled routes at regularly scheduled times shall not be construed to be within the meaning of this definition; provided further, that motor vehicles owned and/or operated solely by the Village or in conjunction with other municipalities or governmental agencies shall not be construed to be within the meaning of this definition.
[Amended 7-6-1992 by Ord. No. 208]
It shall be unlawful for any person to drive or operate any taxicab unless the taxicab and driver are insured by an insurance company licensed to do business in the state in order to indemnify any passenger or any other person against loss due to personal injury, death or property damage occasioned by the operation or driving of a taxicab in amounts to be set by resolution of the Village Council and be published as part of the Council proceedings.
[Amended 7-6-1992 by Ord. No. 208]
No owner or driver of a taxicab shall charge a greater sum for the use of a taxicab or for any service related to such use than has been approved by the Village Council. All such rates and charges shall be set by resolution of the Village Council and shall be published as part of the Council proceedings.
It shall be unlawful for any person to:
Drive any taxicab in violation of any laws of this state or the ordinances of this Village.
Allow any person other than drivers to loiter in any taxicab.
Charge or collect any fare in excess of those specified in this chapter or in the application for a license.
Fail or neglect to deliver to the Police Department within 24 hours all articles of personal property left by passengers or others in any taxicab.
Refuse or neglect, when applied to, and tender of fare made, to convey any person to any place within the Village and thereafter driving the person to his destination by the most direct route; provided that no taxicab driver shall be required to convey any intoxicated passenger or any passenger engaged in any illegal act or conduct.
It shall be unlawful for any passenger after having received the service, to refuse or neglect to pay the regular charge or fare for such service.
No person, either as principal, agent or employee, shall run, operate or drive any taxicab on the streets of the Village without first having obtained a license; and no such license shall be issued in any other than the manner described in this chapter.
Any person desiring a license to operate a taxicab shall file with the Village Clerk/Treasurer an application for a license to so operate and in such application shall specify:
The name, age and residence of the persons applying for such license;
The names, ages and places of residence of those persons who are to actually drive and operate such taxicab and attach a copy of the driver's or chauffeur's license issued by the state to such driver or drivers, the copy to be certified under oath that it is a correct and true copy;
The name, model and year of the motor vehicle or vehicles to be so used as a taxicab;
A schedule of rates to be charged within the limits of the Village and a schedule of rates to be charged for any passenger hiring a taxicab within the Village limits to be transported to any point within a radius of five miles of the limits of the Village and whether it is on a mileage basis or on a flat rate basis; and
The place where the taxicab will normally be kept when not in actual use.
The Village Clerk/Treasurer shall submit the application to the Village Council at its next regular meeting, and the Council shall then determine after considering the public needs and safety whether or not a license to operate such taxicab shall be issued to such applicant.
If the application is approved by the Council, the Clerk/Treasurer shall issue a written license to be in such form as shall be prescribed by the Council; provided that before such license is delivered to such applicant, the applicant shall pay to the Clerk/Treasurer a license fee as prescribed by Council resolution.
The license under this chapter shall expire one year after its date of issue; and thereafter if such licensee desires to secure a new license, such licensee or applicant shall again submit an application in the same manner as stated in this chapter; and such application shall be subject to review by the Council in the same manner as stated in this chapter; and, if such application is approved, the applicant shall again pay the license fee as provided in this chapter.
If a new licensee employs drivers different than those named on the application, the new licensee shall, before such person shall be permitted to drive a taxicab, submit to the Chief of Police the name, age and address of such proposed driver; thereafter the Chief of Police shall examine the driver's and/or chauffeur's license of such proposed driver and shall make an investigation of the driving ability and character of such proposed driver; and if satisfied that such proposed driver is a proper person to drive a taxicab, shall then issue a written permit authorizing such proposed driver to drive and operate a taxicab. It shall be unlawful for any person not named in the original application to operate or drive a taxicab unless the permit is issued.
The violation of this chapter or any part of this chapter or of the laws of the state or any ordinances of the Village shall be grounds for the suspension or revocation of any permit or license issued under this chapter. Such revocation or suspension shall only be made by the Council in regular or special meeting.
Any person violating the provisions of this chapter shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be punished in accordance with § 1-2. The Village may also seek injunctive relief as may be appropriate.