[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Town Commissioners of the Town of Bel Air 3-11-1980 by Ord. No. 310 as Ch. 6, Art. 5 of the 1980 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
For the purposes of this chapter, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them by this section:
- The driver of any taxicab.
- Any person who owns and hires out any taxicab within the Town of Bel Air.
- Any motor vehicle for hire designated to carry seven persons or fewer, including the driver, operated upon any public street or highway in the Town of Bel Air, provided that nothing in this definition shall be construed so as to include as a taxicab a motor vehicle operated under a licensed firm of the Public Service Commission of Maryland, over fixed routes and on regular schedules.
The owner of a taxicab shall attach to the vehicle proper identification that the vehicle is a taxicab. Such identification shall include the name of the owner, the company telephone number and the vehicle number. The identification shall be displayed on the side of both front doors of the vehicle.
Every taxicab owner shall post in each of his or her vehicles designated as a taxicab a schedule of fares in a manner that passengers may readily determine the exact fare payable by them.
The owner of every vehicle that has been designated as a taxicab shall have the vehicle inspected every six months with such inspections conducted by an inspection station licensed by the Automotive Safety Enforcement Division of the Maryland State Police. The owner shall pay the prescribed fee for said inspections. No vehicle may be operated within the Town of Bel Air without a certification that it is safe to operate.
No person shall operate a taxicab within the Town of Bel Air without first obtaining a taxicab operator's permit issued from the Harford County Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits.
Every taxicab owner and operator shall comply with the provisions of this chapter and all laws and regulations applicable to the operation of a taxicab business in Harford County.