Application for a taxicab owner's license shall be made to the Township Clerk. The forms and the information required thereon shall be established by the Township Committee by resolution.
Applications shall be verified by oath or affirmation. Applications by a partnership shall give the information required for each partner and shall be verified by all partners. Applications by a corporation shall give the information required for and be verified by all officers and directors and all persons holding more than 10% of the corporation's common stock, as well as the corporation itself.
Each applicant shall be referred to the State Police for whatever investigation of the applicant's business responsibility, moral character and ability to properly conduct a taxicab business shall be considered necessary for the protection of the public.
A report by the State Police containing the results of the investigation and evaluation, a recommendation that the license be granted or denied, and the reasons for this recommendation should be forwarded to the Township Clerk within 10 days from the request for the investigation. A copy of the report shall also be sent to the applicant.
The Township Clerk shall advise the Township Committee of the filing of an application upon receipt of the report from the State Police. The Township Committee shall set a date for a hearing on the application and shall notify the applicant. The date set shall be within a reasonable time after the filing of the application.
At the hearing, any person who is a resident or taxpayer of the Township may appear in person and make a brief statement or submit a written statement in support of or opposition to the granting of a license. In addition, the applicant and any other person who will be affected by the granting or denial of the license, other than as a Township resident or taxpayer, shall have the right to be represented by an attorney, to testify himself or to present witnesses in support of his position, to cross-examine opposing witnesses and, at his own expense, to have a stenographic record made of the proceedings.
In determining whether to grant or deny the license, the Township Committee shall take into consideration the following factors:
The character, business and financial responsibility and experience of the applicant, and the probability that if granted a license, the applicant will operate his taxicab in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
Any other factors directly related to the granting or denial of the license which would substantially affect the public safety or convenience.
The Township Committee shall, by resolution, grant or deny the license. If the application is approved, the Clerk shall issue the license upon forms established by the Township Committee by resolution.
A taxicab owner's license shall be valid for the remainder of the calendar year in which it is issued. The license fee shall be $25 per year or portion thereof per vehicle, payable upon the filing of the application for the issuance or renewal of the license.
A taxicab owner's license may be renewed by the Township Committee without a hearing upon the licensee's filing with the Township Committee a sworn statement that there have been no changes in the information contained in the initial application.