Chapter 5.20TAXIS

Sections:

5.20.010
Definitions.
5.20.020
Owner license – Required.
5.20.030
Owner license – Application – Contents.
5.20.040
Owner license – Application – Investigation.
5.20.050
Owner license – Fee.
5.20.060
Operator license – Required.
5.20.070
Operator license – Application – Contents.
5.20.080
Operator license – Application – Investigation.
5.20.090
Operator license – Fees.
5.20.100
Rate schedule.
5.20.110
License – Revocation.
5.20.120
License – Suspension.
5.20.130
Penalty for violation.
5.20.010Definitions.

“Taxi” means any for-hire vehicle used for carrying passengers for hire.

(Ord. 408 § 1, 1947)

5.20.020Owner license – Required.

No person or corporation shall own or conduct a taxi business in the city without complying with all the laws of the state regarding the conduct of such business or the operation of for-hire vehicles, and without first having obtained a valid taxi owner’s license from the city clerk. Such license shall be effective for the calendar year or from the date of issuance until December 31st of the same year unless sooner suspended or revoked as provided in this chapter.

(Ord. 408 § 2, 1947)

5.20.030Owner license – Application – Contents.

Application for such licenses shall be made in writing to the city clerk signed by the owner or responsible officer, if a corporation, shall be accompanied by evidence that all state license fees have been paid, and shall contain the name and address of the owners and make and type of vehicle or vehicles to be operated, the place of business, number of taxis to be operated, the seating capacity of each, the age and qualifications of the operators of the vehicles and shall be accompanied with a copy of public liability and property damage insurance policy, on each vehicle showing coverage for not less than five thousand dollars and ten thousand dollars for public liability and one thousand dollars for property damage, a statement thereon that all the laws of the state regarding the operation of the vehicle have been complied with, and a statement consenting to the revocation of the license for the violation of any provision of this chapter or for the violation of any state or city motor vehicle or liquor law or chapter occurring while licensee or his agent is actually operating the vehicle or vehicles.

(Ord. 408 § 3, 1947)

5.20.040Owner license – Application – Investigation.

All applications for taxi owners’ licenses shall be referred to the city council for investigation by a committee and its approval or rejection. Should an application be rejected the applicant shall be given an opportunity to appear before the council in furtherance of the application, before final action on the rejection is taken by the council.

(Ord. 408 § 5, 1947)

5.20.050Owner license – Fee.

The license fee for a taxi owner’s license shall be twenty dollars for the first vehicle and ten dollars for each additional vehicle owned and operated in the business if taken out before July 1st of any year, or one-half of this amount if taken out thereafter and such licenses shall expire on December 31st in the year in which they are written. Licenses may be transferred from vehicle to vehicle and shall not be transferable by licensee.

(Ord. 408 § 4, 1947)

5.20.060Operator license – Required.

No person shall operate a taxi upon the streets for any trip or fares of any nature originating within the city without first having obtained a valid taxi operator’s license from the city clerk.

(Ord. 408 § 6, 1947)

5.20.070Operator license – Application – Contents.

Application for such license shall be made in writing stating full name, age, residence, length of time he has resided in the city, whether a citizen of the United States, whether he has been convicted of felony or misdemeanor, whether he has been previously licensed as a driver, and if so when and where, whether his license has ever been revoked or suspended and for what cause, which statement shall be signed and sworn to by the applicant and filed with the city clerk as a permanent record.

(Ord. 408 § 7, 1947)

5.20.080Operator license – Application – Investigation.

Applications for taxi operator’s license shall be submitted to the city council. The council shall make an investigation by committee of the applicant, his honesty, ability, moral and physical fitness, his experience, and such other matters and conditions as they may deem proper. Upon conclusion of the investigation the committee may approve or reject the application. Should an application be rejected, the applicant shall be given an opportunity to appear before the council in furtherance of his application before final action on the rejection is taken by the council.

(Ord. 408 § 9, 1947)

5.20.090Operator license – Fees.

The license fee for a taxi operator’s license shall be five dollars per year, and shall be tendered with the application; provided, that all licenses shall expire on December 31st of the year in which they are written. An operator’s license or a receipt from the city clerk showing that the license has been granted must be carried in the vehicle or on the person of the operator. Taxi operators’ licenses shall not be transferable. All taxi operators must be at least twenty-one years of age.

(Ord. 703 § 2, 1975: Ord. 408 § 8, 1947)

5.20.100Rate schedule.

Every owner or operator of a taxi shall be required at all times to maintain or post in full view of all passengers a printed schedule of prices and rates charged, based upon a zoning system in which case the zones must be clearly defined, or upon a mileage system. A duplicate of the schedule and all charges thereto must be filed with the city clerk before a taxi is used thereunder.

(Ord. 408 § 10, 1947)

5.20.110License – Revocation.

All licenses granted in accordance with this chapter shall be revocable by the city council upon complaint by the chief of police that the licensee or his agent, while actually operating a vehicle under the license, has been convicted of violating this chapter, or of violating any state or city motor vehicle or liquor law or ordinance.

(Ord. 408 § 11 (part), 1947)

5.20.120License – Suspension.

Licenses may be suspended on complaint by the chief of police of an alleged violation pending adjudication of such complaint, providing such adjudication is pending in a court of law.

(Ord. 408 § 11 (part), 1947)

5.20.130Penalty for violation.

Each operation of a taxi within the city, without there being in existence a currently valid owner’s license and operator’s license therefor, required as prescribed herein, shall be a separate violation of this chapter, shall be deemed guilty of every violation of this chapter by any employee or agent. Any person owning or conducting a taxi business or operating a taxi in violation of this chapter, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof be punished by a fine not exceeding one hundred dollars.