[HISTORY: Adopted by the Select Board of the Town of Dalton. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Every motor vehicle used or to be used for the conveyance of persons for hire shall be deemed to be a taxicab within the meaning of these rules and orders, except a motor vehicle operated in a manner and for the purpose stated in MGL c. 159A, § 1, and also except motor buses engaged on independent contracts.
No person, firm or corporation shall operate any taxicab upon any public way in the Town of Dalton without first obtaining a license therefor from the Select Board of the Town of Dalton.
Applications for such licenses shall be made to said Select Board on forms furnished by them and shall set forth such information as said Select Board may require.
No such license shall be issued unless the applicant therefor shall have presented to the Town Clerk of the Town of Dalton, in the case of each car, a valid certificate of registration issued by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles, and every such license shall be signed by the Town Clerk. It shall set forth the name and residence and place of business of the license, a description of the motor vehicle to be operated under it and the current registration number and the engine number of said vehicle and the number of persons, exclusive of the operator, which it may carry, and unless sooner revoked or rendered void shall continue in effect until the 30th day of April next after the date thereof.
All fees for such licenses shall be determined by the Select Board.
No such license shall be issued until the applicant has delivered to the Town Treasurer a policy of insurance issued by the insurance company authorized to transact business specified in MGL c. 175, § 47, Sixth Clause, Subdivision (b), covering the motor vehicle to be operated by the applicant under his license, conforming to the provision of MGL c. 175, §§ 112 and 113, nor, until the applicant has also delivered to the Town Treasurer a certificate of the insurance company issuing the policy showing that the policy shall not be cancelled without giving the Town Treasurer 15 days' notice thereof.
Such policy shall be a policy of liability insurance which provides indemnity for or protection to the insured, and any person responsible for the operation of the insured's car with his express or implied consent against loss by reason of the liability to pay damages to others for injury to property or bodily injuries, including death at any time resulting therefrom, sustained during the term of said policy, by any person other than employees of the insured or of such other persons responsible as aforesaid, who are entitled to payments or benefits under the provisions of Chapter 152 and arising out of the ownership, operation, maintenance, control or use upon the ways of the commonwealth of such car, to the amount, or limit, of at least $100,000 on account of injury to or death of one person, or at least $300,000 on account of any accident resulting in injury or death of more than one person and to amount of limit of at least $100,000 on account of any one accident resulting in injury to property.
The Town Treasurer of the Town of Dalton shall, upon the request of any person, furnish the name of the company issuing such policy covering any particular car licensed and shall exhibit such policy to any such person or his duly authorized representative.
Any such license shall terminate upon the canceling or the expiring of such policy of insurance covering the car licensed.
No person having charge of any taxicab shall allow the same to stand or to wait for passengers in any street, square or public place within the Town, other than the place or places assigned to such taxicab by the Select Board.
No person operating a taxicab shall establish and maintain therefor any route between fixed terminals in competition with motor bus service.
Whoever violates any provision of these rules and orders shall be punished by a maximum of $300 for each offense or be subject to noncriminal disposition pursuant to Chapter 1.