Each vehicle shall be required to obtain a separate taxicab license and medallion.
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, copartnership or corporation to operate or permit to be operated a taxicab upon the streets of the City of Beacon without first having obtained therefor a taxicab license under the provisions of this chapter from the Chief of Police. Such license shall be issued as of August 1 and shall expire on July 31 next succeeding, unless sooner suspended or revoked. Application for a taxicab license shall be made by the owner upon blank forms furnished by the Chief of Police through the office of the City Clerk. Such application shall contain:
The name, date of birth and residence of the person applying for the license.
The type of motor car to be used, the factory number, the state license number, the number of years the vehicle has been driven, and the seating capacity according to its trade rating.
Whether previously licensed to operate a taxicab, and if so, where.
Whether license to operate a taxicab has ever been revoked, and if so, for what cause.
Proof of a public liability insurance policy, written by an insurance company licensed to do business in the State of New York.
Such other information as the Chief of Police may deem necessary.
The applicant must attach to his application a schedule showing the rates of fare to be charged to and from points within the City limits and to and from points outside City limits. In addition thereto, said schedule shall set forth the amount charged for waiting time, any special charges, and amounts charged per mile outside the limits of the City of Beacon.
The applicant must include in his application a physical business address, which includes a street address (no post office box address permitted) within a radius of five miles from the City of Beacon.
Every company operating any taxicab shall designate an employee such as a dispatcher or other such person who shall be responsible to keep and maintain a trip sheet at all times during the operation of such taxicab.
[Added 12-20-2010 by L.L. No. 19-2010]
Such trip sheet shall record, at a minimum, the following information:
The name and driver's license number of each and every driver operating such vehicle for the trips recorded on the trip sheet;
Date, commencement time by hour and minute and origin point of each trip for each passenger;
Date, dropoff or termination time by hour and minute and destination or termination location of each trip for each passenger;
Fare charged and collected for each trip for each passenger;
Date, time by hour and minute and location of any accident or breakdown causing an interruption or discontinuance of the operation of such taxicab and a description thereof;
The issuance of any citation or violation of any law, rule or code involving the operation of such taxicab and/or the conduct of the driver of same.
The proprietor, operator or owner of any taxicab business shall produce any and all such trip sheets for any and all taxicabs operated, owned or controlled by such persons upon demand therefor by any police officer.
All such trip sheets shall be retained and kept on file and made available for audit, examination and inspection by any City law enforcement or code enforcement officer at all reasonable times for a minimum period of two years by every owner, operator and/or proprietor of every taxicab and company operating and/or owning same.
[Amended 5-20-2013 by L.L. No. 10-2013]
No vehicle shall be licensed nor shall any taxicab license be renewed until it has been thoroughly and carefully inspected and examined and found to be in a thoroughly safe condition for the transportation of passengers, clean, fit, of good appearance and well painted and varnished. The Chief of Police shall designate who shall make such examination and inspection before a license is issued and shall have the right to make such inspection of such licensed vehicle at any time he deems the same necessary. The Chief of Police shall refuse a taxicab license to, or if already issued, revoke or suspend a taxicab license of any vehicle found upon inspection and examination to be unfit or unsuited for public patronage. No taxicab license shall be issued under the provisions of this section unless and until the Chief of Police has indicated in writing his approval thereof on the face of the application thereof. The signature shall not be facsimile.
Any vehicle failing an inspection shall return for a reinspection within 10 days unless additional time to perform the repair is granted in writing by the Police Chief. Failure to correct the deficiencies noted during the first inspection at the time of the second or subsequent inspection or within 10 days shall result in an inspection failure fee in an amount as set forth in the City of Beacon fee schedule. Nothing herein shall preclude the finding of new additional violations during a second or subsequent inspection.
Taxicab decal; light. Effective September 1, 2010, every taxicab shall:
Have a decal on each side displaying the name of the business as it appears on the taxicab license, the words "Beacon, N.Y." and telephone number of the business. Magnetic decals or signs are not permitted; and
Be equipped with a rooftop light indicating whether the taxicab is available for hire.
[Amended 12-20-2010 by L.L. No. 19-2010]
If, upon inspection, a taxicab is found to be of lawful construction and in proper condition, in accordance with the provisions of this chapter and if the issuance of a taxicab license therefor is approved by both the Chief of Police and upon the payment of the license fee hereinafter set forth, the same shall be licensed by delivering to the owner a card of such size and form as may be prescribed by the Chief of Police. The card shall contain the official license number of the taxicab, together with the date of inspection of the same. Such card shall be signed by the City Clerk and shall contain blank spaces upon which an entry shall be made of the date of every inspection of the vehicle. The license card shall be a distinctly different color each year. Any licensee who defaces, obliterates or changes any official entry made upon his license shall have his license revoked. If a taxicab shall be disabled, disqualified for service or sold, the Chief of Police may in his or her discretion permit the use of a license granted for such taxicab to be transferred to another taxicab or to the new owner thereof, provided such taxicab or such owner complies with the provisions of this chapter. The owner or operator of said taxicab may, at any time, file with the Chief of Police a statement showing that new or different rates are to be charged thereafter for the use and hire of any taxicab so owned by him.
The Chief of Police shall also affix to each taxicab a medallion which shall bear the license number of the vehicle in accordance with the provisions of § 200-14. Medallions may be issued only to the owner or the lessee of the vehicle to be licensed. The number of the taxicab license or medallion must match the number of the taxicab.
[Amended 5-20-2013 by L.L. No. 10-2013]
A medallion issued by the City of Beacon must be affixed on the front of each taxicab. The medallion is the property of the City of Beacon and may not be sold, transferred, assigned or leased.
The City of Beacon shall issue a limited number of medallions at a time, the number of such medallions to be set by resolution of the City Council and amended from time to time. The fee for such medallions shall be set forth in the City of Beacon fee schedule.
The medallions shall be sold by the City of Beacon upon terms and conditions and by method as adopted by a resolution of the City Council.
A deposit will be placed with the City Clerk before the medallion is issued under the provisions of this chapter, to be returned to the assignee upon the return of the medallion to the Clerk.
A medallion replacement fee, as set forth by resolution of the City Council, will be assessed in the case of a lost, damaged or destroyed medallion, or if for some reason it cannot be returned. The deposit is to be returned as provided for in the foregoing Subsection D.
Every person to whom a medallion has been issued under the provisions of this chapter shall, upon discontinuance or abandoning the operation of driving a taxicab, return such medallion to the City Clerk and receive his original deposit price less $100, unless such medallion has been lost, damaged or destroyed or for some other reason cannot be returned.
For each medallion that has been returned in accordance with the above sections, such medallion will be redistributed in accordance with the following procedure:
Notice will be published by the City Clerk in a newspaper of general circulation stating that a medallion or medallions has or have been returned to the City and is or are available for redistribution in accordance with this section.
All persons or entities who or which desire such medallion(s) shall apply for the same upon forms to be obtained from the office of the City Clerk, together with an application fee per medallion, as set forth in the City of Beacon fee schedule. All such applications must be returned within two weeks of the first date the notice set forth above was published in the newspaper. Applications which do not meet the requirements of all provisions of this chapter shall be returned to the applicant.
Editor's Note: The fee schedule is on file in the City offices.
All such applicants shall be notified of a public auction of said medallions. Each available medallion shall be auctioned off individually by the City of Beacon, which shall have the right to set a minimum bid for each medallion. On the day the medallion is purchased, the purchaser must put down 10% of the total purchase price of the medallion. The purchaser shall have one week from the termination of the auction to pay the full price of the medallion. If a medallion is not fully paid for within the one-week period, the purchaser will lose all rights to such medallion, and the medallion will be added back to the auction list. Any such defaulting purchaser shall forfeit all of the funds paid on the day of the auction. All other fees imposed by this chapter shall continue to be in force.
The transfer of a medallion from an individual to a corporation in which the individual issued the medallion is a majority shareholder shall be permitted upon the filing of an affidavit with the Police Chief prior to the transfer identifying the corporation, all shareholders and officers of the corporation and their ownership interest in the corporation and their ownership interest in any other companies, partnerships or businesses providing taxicab services. The transfer of a medallion by a corporation is prohibited, and such medallions must be surrendered once the business no longer provides taxicab services in Beacon.
Any medallion which is not being used regularly, as determined by the Police Chief, shall be surrendered and returned to the City. Upon request of the Police Chief, the trip sheet required in § 200-11E shall be produced, and the failure to collect any fare within a ten-day period without good cause shown to the Police Chief shall be deemed an abandonment of offering taxicab service in Beacon, and the medallion must be surrendered.
[Amended 5-20-2013 by L.L. No. 10-2013]
The fee for each taxicab license under this chapter shall be as set forth in the City of Beacon fee schedule. The license fee for a new application shall be prorated if applied for after the first of August. A complete application, as determined in the sole discretion of the Chief of Police, for renewal of a taxicab license must be filed with the City by July 1 of each year. Failure to submit a renewal application or submission of an incomplete application by July 1 of each year shall result in the payment upon renewal of a late fee as set forth in the City of Beacon fee schedule.
[Amended 12-20-2010 by L.L. No. 19-2010; 5-20-2013 by L.L. No. 10-2013]
Upon complaint of any person, taxicab licenses may be revoked or suspended at any time for cause by the Chief of Police if the vehicle shall be used for immoral or illegal business, or for a violation of any ordinance or state law governing the operation of motor vehicles or if a fare in excess of the rate of fare on file for said taxicab shall knowingly be charged for the use of said taxicab or for picking up passengers or solicitation of passengers in violation of this chapter. When the license is suspended or revoked, the taxicab license shall be forthwith taken from the licensee, and the City Clerk shall be notified of such suspension or revocation.
Review of denial, revocation or suspension. The City Administrator shall hear and decide appeals taken from any determination made by the Chief of Police or his designated agent which denied, revoked or suspended such driver and/or vehicle license. Any applicant who shall have been refused a license, or a license holder whose license shall have been revoked or suspended, may appeal to the City Administrator for review of such denial, revocation or suspension as set forth in this chapter. The failure of an aggrieved party to take an appeal within 10 business days of receipt of such denial, revocation or suspension shall constitute a waiver of right to appeal. Appeals shall be heard pursuant to the provisions of § 200-28 of this chapter.
The City Clerk shall keep a record of each taxicab license and all renewals, suspensions and revocations thereof together with the license number and the description and the make of such vehicles, with the date and the complete record of inspection made of it.