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Township of Deerfield, NJ
Cumberland County
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No person shall operate a taxicab unless and until the taxicab has been equipped with a taximeter of a type and design approved by the Township Committee.
[Amended 7-15-1992 by Ord. No. 1992-3]
The taximeter shall be located in the cab so as to be visible to the passengers at all times, and it shall be the duty of the person operating the cab to keep the meter operating at all times within such standard of accuracy as may be prescribed from time to time by the Township Committee.
[Amended 7-15-1992 by Ord. No. 1992-3]
No passenger shall be carried in any cab unless the taximeter is in operation. This provision shall apply regardless of whether the taxicab is engaged for a trip entirely within the boundaries of the Township or partially outside the Township. The meter shall be kept operating continuously during the entire time that the taxicab is engaged in the transportation of passengers for compensation at all times that the point of origin or the point of return for the passengers is within the limits of the Township.
All taximeters shall be equipped with a flag. The flag shall be kept up or at a vertical position when the taxicab is for hire and shall be kept down or at a horizontal position when the taxicab is engaged. Any taxicab transporting a person with the flag in the upward position shall be known as "high flag." Any driver transporting a person for hire with the flag in the above position shall, upon hearing before the Township Committee, have his license suspended for a period not to exceed six months.
Taximeters shall have a dial or dials which register the tariff in accordance with established rates of fare. The taximeter shall be so placed that the dial is in plain view of the passenger while riding in the taxicab or upon alighting. Taxicabs shall be equipped with a light which, during the period between sunset and sunrise, shall reflect upon the dial of the taximeter so as to enable the passenger to read the figures.
Each taximeter shall be furnished with a tamperproof switch within the system of electrical distribution so that when the taximeter flag is in the vacant or nonearning position, the roof light will be lit, and when the meter flag is thrown to an earning position, the top light will go off.
The rates to be charged by any person owning or operating a taxicab shall be as approved from time to time by resolution of the Township Committee.
Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punishable by a fine of not more than $500 or by imprisonment for not more than 90 days, or both.