[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Mayville by Ord. No. 804-95 (§ 12.09 of the 1989 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 397.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Includes all vehicles carrying passengers for hire for which public patronage is solicited, excepting vehicles which operate on established routes and are regulated by the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin.
No person shall operate a taxicab within the City without a license obtained hereunder.
Application for a license hereunder shall be made to the City Clerk and shall be referred to the Council.
The license fee hereunder shall be as set by the Common Council.
Upon reviewing the application, after considering the adequacy of existing taxicab service and the need for any additional service within the City, the Council shall grant or deny the license.
The brakes, horn, lights, steering system, exhaust system and tires of every taxicab shall be examined and tested as to sufficiency at least once every six months by a certified garage, which shall furnish a certificate, of which a copy is available from the Police Department, as to the examination of the vehicle and that said components are in good working order.
Before any license is issued, the applicant for a license hereunder shall deposit with his application a certificate of insurance coverage showing that each vehicle to be licensed is covered by public liability insurance by an insurance company licensed to do business in Wisconsin in the amount of $1,000,000 for the combined single limit for both bodily injury or death and property damage for any one accident due to the negligent operation of such vehicle. Any insurance policy hereunder shall contain a provision that the same shall not be cancelled before expiration of its term except upon 20 days' written notice to the City. Cancellation or termination of such insurance shall automatically terminate all licenses issued hereunder unless another certificate of insurance shall be substituted.
Upon the granting of a license hereunder and upon compliance with the provisions of this chapter by the applicant, the Clerk shall issue to the licensee a license which shall be displayed prominently in the taxicab for which it has been issued.
No license issued hereunder shall be transferable from one licensee to another. Licenses may be transferred from one vehicle to another upon submitting to the Clerk proof of insurance and a certificate of inspection.
The name of the taxicab service and the name of the licensee shall be printed or painted on each side of the taxicab in figures at least 1 1/2 inches in height.
Each taxicab shall have a card printed in plain legible figures with the fares charged and posted in a conspicuous place inside the taxicab in plain sight of passengers.
Considerations for denial of the license shall be as follows. The person:
Is under 18 years of age.
Does not possess a valid Wisconsin driver's license.
Has been convicted of any felony, misdemeanor or other offense if the circumstances of such offense substantially relate to the circumstances of the licensed activity; is subject to a pending criminal charge if the circumstances of the criminal charge substantially relate to the circumstances of the licensed activity; or has been convicted of driving upon the highway while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or narcotics unless five years have elapsed since the date of conviction or discharge from a penal institution, whichever is later.
During any continuous twelve-month period has had three or more violations resulting in convictions of any of the offenses set forth in Ch. 346, Wis. Stats., or of any such statutory provision incorporated in this Code.
Licenses granted under this chapter may be suspended or revoked at any time by the Council for any violation of the provisions of this chapter, and also if the vehicle for which the license was issued is not of good appearance, clean and safe, or for conduct by the licensee or any person driving a vehicle under such license which is prejudicial to the public safety, welfare or good order of the City. A license suspended or revoked because the vehicle is not of good appearance, clean and safe shall not be reissued until the vehicle shall be put in good condition for use by the public to the satisfaction of the Council.
Except as otherwise specifically provided in this chapter, any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter or any order, rule or regulation made hereunder shall be subject to a forfeiture as provided in § 1-4 of this Code.