[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Alpha 4-25-1967 by Ord. No. 186 (Ch. 109 of the 1974 Code); amended in its entirety 3-25-2008 by Ord. No. 08-06. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
Terms defined. The following terms used herein shall be taken and construed to mean as follows:
- Any vehicle used to carry passengers for hire; also called "limo."
- Any natural person, partnership or corporation.
- Any vehicle used to carry passengers for hire but not operating on a fixed route; also called "taxi" or "cab."
Word usage. Words used in the singular number shall include the plural, and words used in the plural number shall include the singular.
The licensing, regulating and inspecting of taxicabs and limousines, the licensing of operators and drivers, as hereinafter provided, and the enforcement of the provisions of this chapter shall be under the control of the Borough Council, unless preempted by state statute(s).
It shall be unlawful to engage in the business of operating a taxicab or limousine in the Borough of Alpha without having secured a license therefor. Applications for such licenses shall be made in writing, in duplicate, to the Clerk, and shall state therein the name and address of the applicant, the intended place of business and the number of taxicabs or limousines to be operated, including the serial number, type, color, age and make thereof. If the application is a corporation, the names and addresses of the president and secretary shall be given. The number of such licenses outstanding shall not exceed five at any time.
All applications shall be filed with the Borough Clerk, who shall submit said applications to the Borough Council at the next succeeding meeting for action, and any or all applications may be granted or refused by the vote of the members of said body present at such meeting.
No such license shall be issued or held by any person who is not a citizen of good character; nor shall such license be issued to or held by a corporation other than one organized and existing under the laws of the State of New Jersey and maintaining an office in the Borough of Alpha.
The annual fee for such license, payable in advance, shall be $50 plus an additional $25 for each taxicab or limousine operated. Whenever the number of cabs or limos so operated shall be increased during the license year, the licensee shall notify the Clerk of such change and shall pay the additional fee.
No taxicab or limousine shall be licensed or operated until it has been inspected and approved for operation by the Chief of Police of the Borough of Alpha or the Chief of Police of Pohatcong Township or the appropriate New Jersey State official or licensing bureau. He may at any time suspend the operation of a taxicab or limousine which in his judgment is unfit.
No taxicab or limousine shall be licensed until an insurance policy, or certificate in lieu thereof, and executed power of attorney shall have been filed with the Borough Clerk as provided for taxicabs and limousines pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 48:16-1 to 48:16-22, inclusive, together with any amendments or supplements adopted or hereinafter adopted relative thereto.
There shall be affixed in every taxicab and limousine in such manner that the same can be conveniently read by any person therein a card at least three inches in height by five inches in length, containing the name of the owner, the license number of the vehicle and year of issue.
The rate of fare to be charged within the Borough limits of Alpha and surrounding limits may be set by the Borough Council and posted so that it is conspicuously seen by any passenger in any part of the taxicab or limousine. Fares may be demanded in advance.
No person shall drive a taxicab or limousine or be hired or permitted to do so unless he is duly licensed as a taxicab or limousine driver as hereinafter provided.
An applicant for a taxicab or limousine driver's license must be a citizen over the age of 21 years, a licensed driver in the State of New Jersey, in good health, of good moral character and familiar with the traffic laws of the State of New Jersey and the ordinances and geography of the Borough of Alpha. The Chief of Police shall examine each applicant to determine his eligibility and competency, and no license shall be issued except on certificate of the Chief that the applicant is qualified for such license. The applicant must furnish with his application a recent photograph of himself 1 1/4 inches by 1 3/4 inches and shall submit to fingerprinting by the Police Department of the Borough of Alpha or the Township of Pohatcong if charged with policing the Borough.
The annual fee for a taxicab or limousine driver's license shall be $50.
The driver of every taxicab or limousine driver shall at all times when the same is in public use carry a license bearing the inspection "Borough of Alpha, License No. ....," which shall be furnished and issued by the Mayor after approval by the Chief of Police or State of New Jersey official and upon payment of the required fee. This license shall not be transferred or used by any person other than the one to whom issued.
It shall be unlawful for any driver of a taxicab or limousine while on duty to drink any intoxicating liquor, or to use any profane or obscene language, to shout or call to prospective passengers, or to disturb the peace in any way.
It shall be the duty of every driver of a taxicab or limousine to obey all traffic rules established by statute or ordinance. He shall not cruise on the streets of the Borough of Alpha at any time for the purpose of soliciting passengers, nor shall be park his taxicab or limousine on the streets at any location other than the spaces designated and marked "Taxi Stand."
It shall be the duty of the driver of any taxicab or limousine to accept as a passenger any person who seeks to use the taxicab or limousine, provided such person conducts himself in an orderly manner. No person shall be admitted to a taxicab or limousine occupied by a passenger without the consent of the passenger.
All licenses to be issued under the provisions of this chapter shall be issued in the name of the Borough and under the hand of the Mayor, and all licenses issued hereunder shall expire on December 31 next succeeding the date thereof, unless sooner suspended or revoked.
All changes of address of the taxicab or limousine operator or taxicab or limousine driver shall be reported, in writing, to the Borough Clerk within 24 hours after such change takes place.
Any license may be revoked or suspended at any time for cause upon the recommendation of the Mayor, Director of Public Safety or the Borough Council.
Any person violating or failing to comply with any of the provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine not exceeding the maximum fine permitted by law, a term of imprisonment not exceeding 60 days or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days, or any combination thereof, in the discretion of the judge. The continuation of such violation for each successive day shall constitute a separate offense, and the person or persons allowing or permitting the continuation of the violation may be punished as provided above for each separate offense.