[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Egg Harbor 11-14-1974 as Ch. 74 of the 1974 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 259.
From and after the effective date of this chapter, all applicants for the privilege of operating a taxicab on the streets of Egg Harbor City shall comply with the provisions of this chapter.
No taxicabs shall be operated on the streets of Egg Harbor City unless the owner thereof shall first obtain the consent of the Common Council of the City of Egg Harbor City. All applications for such consent shall be made in writing and signed by the owner or owners of the taxicab.
All such applications shall be filed with the City Clerk of the City of Egg Harbor City and shall contain the full name and address of the owner and the seating capacity, serial number and registration number of the particular taxicab intended to be licensed.
No person shall operate a taxicab within the city limits of the City of Egg Harbor City unless that person is a licensed driver of the State of New Jersey. Every taxicab operator in the City of Egg Harbor City shall:
Be fingerprinted and photographed by the Police Department of the City of Egg Harbor City.
Not be addicted to the use of narcotics or intoxicating liquors as to affect the proper operation of the taxicab.
Conduct himself or herself in a decent and proper manner in the operation of the taxicab.
No person shall operate a taxicab within the city limits of the City of Egg Harbor City unless that person shall have obtained an identification card from the Chief of the Egg Harbor City Police Department, which identification card shall contain:
The above identification card shall be prominently displayed in the taxicab being operated and shall be visible to all passengers. It shall be immediately produced upon request of any law enforcement officer. Failure to produce or display said identification card shall be cause to revoke that person's consent to operate a taxicab.
Consent to operate a taxicab in the City of Egg Harbor City may be revoked at any time by the Common Council of the City of Egg Harbor City upon satisfactory evidence presented to it that the operator and/or owner of the taxicab is violating Subsection C(2) and/or C(3) above or is using the taxicab in question for any illegal or unlawful purpose. Such evidence shall be presented to the Common Council at a hearing specially convened by the Common Council and attended by a quorum of the members thereof. The taxicab owner shall be given five days' written notice of said hearing and may present such evidence at the hearing as to show why consent to operate the taxicab should not be revoked.
No consent given by the Common Council shall become effective until the owner of the taxicab shall have filed with the City Clerk an insurance policy of a company duly licensed to transact business under the laws of New Jersey, conditioned for the payment of a sum of not less than $100,000, exclusive of interest and costs, on account of injury to or the death of one person in any one accident; and a sum not less than $300,000, exclusive of interest and costs, on account of injury to or the death of more than one person in any one accident; and a sum of not less than $5,000, exclusive of interest and costs for damage to property in any one accident. The insurance policy shall provide for the payment of any final judgment recovered by any person on account of the ownership, maintenance or use of the taxicab or any fault in respect thereto, and shall be for the benefit of every person suffering loss, damage or injury as aforesaid.
The owner of the taxicab shall execute and deliver to the City Clerk, together with said policy, a power of attorney appointing the Treasurer of the City of Egg Harbor City his or her true and lawful attorney for the purpose of acknowledging service of any process out of a court of competent jurisdiction to be served against the insured by virtue of the indemnity granted under the insurance policy.
The City Clerk shall, upon receipt of the insurance policy and power of attorney, issue a certificate, in duplicate, showing that the owner of the taxicab has complied with this chapter.
At the time of filing an application to operate a taxicab in Egg Harbor City, the applicant shall pay a license fee of $50 for one year, which will cover the period from June 1 of the current year to and including May 31 of the following year. This license fee shall apply to all taxicabs now operating with the consent of the Common Council, but shall not be effective until June 1, 1974. This chapter shall not relieve the operator of a taxicab in the City of Egg Harbor City from complying with the provisions of any applicable statute of the State of New Jersey.
Each and every person violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be subject, upon conviction thereof, to a fine not exceeding $1,000, a term of imprisonment not exceeding 90 days or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days, or any combination thereof, in the discretion of the Judge before whom said conviction shall be had. The continuation of such violation for each successive day shall constitute a separate offense, and each person continuing or allowing or permitting the continuation of a violation may be punished as provided above for each separate offense.