[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Saukville 12-17-1985 by Ord. No. 389 as Secs. 13.04 and 13.15 of the 1985 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
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, except such vehicles as operate on established routes and regulated by the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin.
[Amended 6-24-2014 by Ord. No. 748]
No taxicab shall be operated upon the streets of the Village until a license therefor shall have been obtained from the Village Board. The fee for such license shall be as set by resolution of the Village Board.
Application for license for taxicabs shall be made by the owner thereof upon forms to be furnished by the Administrator. Such application shall contain:
A license issued hereunder shall expire on December 31 of each year but shall be subject to renewal without a further determination of public convenience and necessity.
No license to operate a taxicab shall be issued unless the owner shall have filed with the Administrator a policy issued by an insurance company licensed to do business in Wisconsin, providing insurance coverage for such taxicab, specifically described in the policy, with a maximum liability of $250,000 for the injury or death of any one person and $500,000 for injury or death of any number of persons in any one accident, and $10,000 for property damage in any one accident. Such policy or policies shall insure the owner against his legal liability for damage to the property of others, including baggage, but excluding property of the assured or property hired or leased by the assured and for the bodily injury or death of others, except to employees of the assured engaged in the course of their employment resulting from the accident or collision, for which the owner or operator of the vehicle would be liable on account of the liability imposed upon the owner or operator for any acts of negligence of the owner, his agents or servants or of any person operating the vehicle with the permission and consent of the owner.
Such policy shall further provide that it cannot be canceled until 20 days' notice of such cancellation shall have been given by registered mail to the Administrator. The cancellation or other termination of any insurance policy issued in compliance with this subsection shall automatically revoke and terminate all licenses issued for the taxicab covered by such insurance policy, unless another such policy shall be provided and in effect at the time of such cancellation or termination.
The owner of any taxicab, at the time of filing such policy with the Administrator, shall also file a receipted bill from the insurance company issuing the policy showing that the premium for one year has been paid in full.
No vehicle shall be licensed until it has been examined by the Chief of Police, or such person as he may designate, and found to be in a thoroughly satisfactory and safe condition for the transportation of passengers, clean, of good appearance, well painted, and that such vehicle complies with all the other provisions of this chapter. Such examination shall be made and a report filed with the Administrator before the license is issued. If such examination and inspection shows that such vehicle does not comply with any one or more of the provisions of this chapter, no license shall be issued.
No person under the age of 18 years shall operate any taxicab within the village limits. The Administrator shall keep a register of the name and operator's license number of each person owning or operating any vehicle licensed under this chapter, together with the license number, description and make, and name and address of the insurance companies and the date of the expiration of such insurance, and furnish the Chief of Police with a copy thereof. The records shall be open to public inspection at all reasonable times.
Licenses granted under this chapter may be suspended or revoked at any time by the Village Board for violation of any of the provisions of this chapter and also if the vehicle for which the license was issued shall not be of good appearance, clean and safe. Licenses suspended or revoked because the vehicle is not of good appearance, clean or safe shall not be reissued until the vehicle shall be put in good condition for use by the public to the satisfaction of the Village Board.
When a taxicab license is revoked or canceled as herein provided, the Administrator shall immediately notify the owner to cease at once to operate as a taxicab the vehicle for which the license has been revoked.
All licenses to operate taxicabs issued to any person as provided by this chapter shall be suspended automatically for a period of 15 days upon such person, his agents, servants or employees being convicted of a violation of any of the provisions of this chapter.
Licenses issued or granted under this chapter shall be nonassignable and nontransferable.
Any person who has a current license to operate a taxicab within the City of Port Washington shall not be required to obtain an additional license from the Village of Saukville as provided in this chapter. However, any person holding a valid Port Washington license and wishing to operate in Saukville shall first register with the Administrator as provided in § 184-7 and at the time of registration, submit a copy of their current Port Washington license. Any person operating a taxicab in Saukville under a Port Washington license shall be required to annually reregister per § 184-7.
In addition to the revocation or suspension of any license issued under this chapter and any other penalties provided in this chapter, any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter may be subject to a penalty as provided in § 1-19 of this Code.