Chapter 33 - PUBLIC PASSENGER VEHICLES FOR HIRE

21 December 2017

CHAPTER 33

 

PUBLIC PASSENGER VEHICLES FOR HIRE

 

Art.   I.            In General, Sec.  33-1 - 33-10

Art.  II.             License & Registration, Sec.  33-11 - 33-60

Div. 1. In General, Sec.  33-11 - 33-20

Div. 2. Operator's License, Sec.  33-21 - 33-30

Div. 3. Driver's Registration, Sec.  33-31 -33-40

                        Div. 4. Taxicabs & Meters, Sec.  33-41 33-50

Div. 5. Operator's & Driver's In General, Sec.33- 51 - 33-60

 

Ordinance No. 92-61, Amending Chapter 33 of the Kankakee Municipal code entitled "VEHICLES FOR HIRE"

 

Sec.  1.

That Chapter 33 of the City of Kankakee Municipal Code, entitled "Public Passenger Vehicles for Hire", a true and correct copy of which is attached hereto, made part hereof, and incorporated herein as "Exhibit A," is accepted and adopted, and will be implemented by the administration of the City of Kankakee.

 

Sec. 2.            

That Chapter 33, entitled "Vehicles for Hire" of the City of Kankakee Municipal Code, is deleted in its entirety, and these regulations and requirements for the operation of public passenger vehicles in the City, are substituted therein.

                                                                      

ARTICLE I.  IN GENERAL

 

Sec.  33-1.       Definitions - vehicles for hire.

 

For the purposes of this Chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings respectfully ascribed to them, unless it appears from the context thereof that a different meaning is intended:

 

(a)        The term "public passenger vehicle, or public vehicle" shall mean and include any motor vehicle used within the City to carry passengers for hire for which public patronage is solicited, but shall not include vehicles operating on established or fixed routes which are regulated by the Illinois Commerce Commission; vehicles rented to be driven by the renter and commonly known as rent-a-cars; vehicles operated solely under private contract for which public patronage is not solicited; or, vehicles owned or operated by any unit or agency of Federal, State or Local Government.

 

(b)        The term “taxi, or taxicab" shall mean and include any public passenger vehicle which utilizes a meter or other fare registering device or instrument.

 

(c)        The term "meter, or taximeter" shall mean and include any instrument or fare registering device designed to register automatically the distance traveled by a public vehicle used as a taxi or taxicab, the time such vehicle is in waiting, and to indicate on such by figures, the fare to be charged in dollars and cents.

 

(d)        The term "License Committee" shall mean the License and Franchise Sub-Committee of the Kankakee City Council.

 

(e)        The term "operator" shall mean and include any   person, firm, corporation or other business entity, or agent or employee thereof, either owning, operating or controlling a public vehicle.

 

(f)         The term "licensed operator, or licensee" shall mean and include any person, firm, corporation or other business entity, or agent or employee thereof, either owning, operating or controlling a public vehicle, and licensed by the City, as provided hereunder, to engage in the business of operating such vehicle within the City.

 

(g)        The term "driver" shall mean and include any person actually driving or physically operating a public vehicle.

 

(h)        The term "registered driver or registrant" shall mean and include any person, registered by the City, as provided hereunder, to drive or physically operate a public vehicle within the City.

 

(i)         The term "driver’s license" shall mean and include any valid and current motor vehicle operator’s license duly issued by the Illinois Secretary of State.

 

Sec.  33-2.       Insurance required - vehicles for hire.

 

Not withstanding the requirements of any Federal, state or local law or statute, for the filing of policies of insurance against liability for injury or death of any person or for damage of property by any person driving or physically operating any public vehicle, each licensee shall carry public liability and property damage insurance to secure payment of any loss or damage resulting from any occurrence arising out of or caused by the operation or use of any of the licensee's vehicles.  Each such vehicle shall be covered for the sum of at least fifty thousand dollars ($50,000.00) for property damage, three hundred thousand dollars ($300,000.00) combined single limit for injuries to, or death of, any person(s) in any one accident.

 

Such policy or policies of insurance shall be subject to the approval of the City Attorney with respect to conformity with the provisions herein, and shall contain a provision that the same may not be canceled before the expiration date of its term except upon written notice to the City Attorney.  The cancellation or other termination of any insurance policy issued for or in compliance with the provisions herein, shall automatically terminate any license issued for the public vehicle covered by such policy unless, and until another such policy complying with the provisions herein, shall be provided in full force and effect at the time of such cancellation or termination.

 

Sec.  33-3.       Vehicle requirements and inspection.

 

It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, corporation or other business entity, or agent or employee thereof, to engage in the business of operating a public vehicle within the City unless, and until such vehicle bears a valid and current Illinois State license plate.  Each such public vehicle shall be equipped with proper brakes, speedometer, lights, tires, horn, muffler, rear vision mirror, windshield wiper and other essential equipment, and shall be maintained in good operating condition for safe, clean and comfortable service.

 

Each licensee shall cause an annual inspection to be made, at an Illinois State Safety Lane, or other such facility authorized by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to conduct such an inspection, of each public vehicle operated within the City and covered by the license issued to the licensee, and shall obtain a valid vehicle inspection report showing that each such vehicle has passed such inspection.

 

Each licensee shall also permit the Chief of Police, or an authorized representative thereof, or any other agent or employee that may from time to time be designated, to inspect at any reasonable time to times, all licensed public vehicles, including any meters attached thereto, which are operated within the City, for the purpose of acquiring information as to the character and quality of the licensee's service.  Whenever such equipment is found to be in unsatisfactory condition, the licensee may, by written notice, be required to make specific adjustment or repairs, at the licensee's expense, prior to continuing further use of such vehicle for passenger service.

 

Sec.  33-4.       Proof of financial responsibility - Vehicles for hire.

 

It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, corporation or other business entity, or agent or employee thereof, to operate a public vehicle within the City unless, and until such person, firm or corporation has given, and there is in full force and effect and on file with the Illinois Secretary of State, proof of financial responsibility as required under Section 8-101 through Section 8-116, inclusive, of Chapter 95 1/2 of the Illinois Revised Statutes, as now in force and hereafter amended.

 

Sec.  33-5.       Schedule of rates - vehicles for hire.

 

Each person, firm, corporation, or other business entity, or agent or employee thereof, either owning, operating, or controlling a public vehicle within the City shall, before making any charge for service, submit as part of the application for a license to operate such public vehicle, as provided hereunder, a schedule of rates with the City Clerk. Such schedule shall be maintained on file and be available for public inspection in the City Clerk's office, and shall not take effect unless, and until so approved by the License Committee and City Council, in accordance with the provisions specified herein.  Said rates shall be uniform as to the class of service, and no charge for service shall be made by any person, firm, corporation, or other business entity, or agent or employee thereof, which is in excess of the rate shown for such service on the schedule so filed with the City Clerk.  No new, modified or amended rate shall become effective, or any charge be made based thereon, unless, and until a schedule setting forth such new, amended or modified rates has been on file with the City Clerk for thirty (30) days, and until so approved by the License Committee and the City Council, in accordance with the provisions specified herein.

 

Any licensee, however, may file a written statement with the City Clerk setting forth reasonable classifications of passengers to whom discounts may be given, such as elderly and disabled persons, and the amount of the discount.  Such discounts may be given only to those passengers falling within such reasonable classifications, which may be reviewed, from time to time, by the License Committee and the City Council, in accordance with the provisions specified herein, and declared invalid if they do not appear to be reasonable and/or are discriminatory in nature.  The licensee may withdraw such written statement setting forth reasonable classifications of passengers to whom a discount shall be given by filing a written request with the City Clerk at least ten (10) days prior to the effective date thereof, and may amend or modify such reasonable classifications and/or the amount of such discounts by filing a written statement to that effect with the City Clerk at least ten (10) days prior to the effective date thereof.

 

Sec. 33-6.        Penalty for violating vehicles for hire ordinance.

 

Any person, firm, corporation or other business entity, or agent or employee thereof, violating any provision of this Chapter shall be fined not less than fifty dollars ($50.00) nor more that five hundred dollars ($500.00) for each offense, and a separate offense shall be deemed committed for each day during or on which such violation occurs or continues.

 

Sec.  33-7 through 33-10.       Reserved.

 

ARTICLE II.  LICENSE

 

DIVISION 1.  LICENSES IN GENERAL

 

Sec.  33-11.     Vehicles for Hire - Existing licenses and expiration.

 

All currently issued licenses and registrations to engage in the business of operating or driving a public vehicle within the City shall remain in effect after the adoption of this Chapter until the thirtieth day of April, of 1993, when all such licenses and registrations shall expire.  All such licensees and registrants shall be required to obtain a new license or registration annually for each fiscal year beginning on the first day of May, of 1993.  Each license or registration, issued under the provisions hereunder, shall expire on the thirtieth day of April of the fiscal year for which they are issued.  No operator's license, however, shall be issued by the City Clerk to any person, firm, corporation or other business entity, or agent or employee thereof, unless authorized to do so by the License Committee and/or the City Council, as provided hereunder.

 

Sec.  33-12.     Vehicles for hire - Conditions of license.

 

Nothing in this Chapter shall be construed as the granting of a vested or exclusive right to any license or registration to engage in the business of operating or driving a public vehicle within the City.  Every license or registration issued hereunder shall be regarded only as a privilege which is afforded a person, firm, corporation or other business entity, or agent or employee thereof, to whom it is issued, and which may be modified, suspended, revoked, canceled, invalidated or otherwise voided by the corporate authorities, or an authorized representative therefor, at any time hereafter.

 

Sec.  33-13.     Fee - vehicles for hire.

 

Each application for an operator's license, or driver's registration, as provided hereunder, shall be accompanied by a fee:

 

(a)        In the amount of twenty-five dollars (25.00) for each and every public vehicle covered by the license issued to the licensee, and shall be reduced by fifty percent (50%) if payable during the second half of the license year.  In the event any license is denied, the fee shall be returned to the applicant, and when the number of vehicles covered by the license issued to the licensee is increased during the license year, the licensee shall notify the City Clerk of such change and pay any additional fee; and,

 

(b)        In the amount of ten dollars (10.00) for each and every driver covered by the registration issued to the registrant.  In the event any registration is denied, the fee shall be returned to the applicant.  The registration fee shall not be reduced or prorated.

 

Sec.  33-14.     Vehicles for hire - Revocation or Suspension.

 

The City Clerk is hereby authorized to revoke or suspend any operator's license or driver's registration, issued under the provisions hereunder, for good cause shown or if any licensee or registrant:

 

(a)        Has violated any of the provisions of this Chapter regulating public vehicles;

 

(b)        Has committed any of the acts listed in Sections 33-24 or 33-33- hereunder;

 

(c)        Has engaged in conduct which would constitute a criminal offense against any passenger while the licensee or registrant is acting as a driver thereof;

 

(d)        Has Knowingly furnished false or misleading information or withheld relevant information on any application required by the provisions hereunder, or knowingly caused or suffered another to furnish or withhold such information on his or her behalf; and/or,

 

(e)        If any public vehicle covered by license issued to the licensee is found not to be safe, or in good condition with respect to appearance, cleanliness or mechanical operation.

 

Licenses or registrations, when so revoked or suspended, shall not be re-issued until the cause for such revocation or suspension shall have been removed to the satisfaction of the City Clerk.  In the event of revocation or suspension of a license or registration, under the provisions herein, no refund shall be made to the licensee or registrant for any portion of the license or registration fee.

 

The revocation or suspension of a driver's license by the Illinois Secretary of State shall automatically terminate any driver's registration issued to such driver by the City Clerk, under the provisions hereunder.  A restricted operators permit issued by the Secretary of State, following the revocation or suspension of a driver's license, shall not be considered a valid driver's license for the purposes of this Section.

 

Sec.  33-15 through 33-20.       Reserved.

 

DIVISION 2.  OPERATORS LICENSE

 

Sec.  33-21.     License required to operate a vehicle for hire.

 

It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, corporation, or other business entity, or agent or employee thereof, either owning, operating, or controlling a public vehicle, to engage in the business of operating such vehicle within the City without first having secured a license as provided hereunder.

 

Sec.  33-22.     License Committee to approve vehicle-for-hire license, public hearing.

 

It shall be the duty of the License Committee and the City Council, to pass upon all applications for operator's licenses, and upon the filing of such applications, to cause a notice of the filing thereof to be published in a newspaper of general circulation within the City.  Such notice shall state that an application for a operator's license has been made, giving the name of the applicant, and that a public hearing on the application will be held by the License Committee at some public place, designating the place, date and hour, but which date shall not be less than five (5) days, nor more than fifteen (15) days from the date of publication.  The applicant shall be required to pay the expense of the publication of such notice.

 

Sec.  33-23.     Application for vehicle-for-hire license.

 

An application for a operator's license, as provided herein, shall be made in writing to, and upon blank forms furnished by the City Clerk, and shall state thereon:

 

(a)        The name, residence and business address of the applicant, and if a corporation, the name and address of the chief executive official of the corporation, and if a firm or other business entity, the names and addresses of all principal shareholders or partners;

 

(b)        The number of public vehicles to be operated within the City and to be covered by the license.  With respect to each such public vehicle, the applicant shall state thereon:

 

1.         The make, model, and year of manufacture;

 

2.         The seating capacity, according to its trade rating;

 

3.         The vehicle identification or serial number;

 

4.         The valid, current Illinois State license plate number;

 

5.         The certificate of title number; and,

 

6.         The permanently assigned identification number, as assigned by the applicant, if applicant has more than one vehicle. 

 

(c)                His or her social security number, employer identification number, and valid, current driver's license number;

 

(d)               The dates and places that the applicant has previously applied for a similar license to operate or engage in the operation of a public vehicle, and whether the applicant has ever been denied such a license;

 

(e)        Any criminal, quasi-criminal or civil court actions pending or brought against applicant within the last five (5) years arising out of or related to applicant's use or ownership of a public vehicle;

 

(f)                 Such other information as the City Clerk, Chief of Police, and/or the License Committee and City Council, may require.

 

The applicant shall further furnish, as part of the foregoing application:

 

1.         Proof of required insurance (Sec. 33-2);

 

2.         A valid vehicle inspection report, for each vehicle to be covered by the license (Sec. 33-3);

 

3.         Proof of financial responsibility (Sec. 33-4);

 

4.         Applicant's proposed schedule of rates (Sec. 33-5); and,

 

5.         Not less than three (3) credit, and two (2) personal references.

 

Sec.  33-24      Prerequisite to obtaining a vehicle-for-hire license.

 

No license to engage in the business of operating a public vehicle shall be issued to or held by any person, firm, corporation or other business entity, or agent or employee thereof, unless such person, firm, corporation or other business entity, or agent or employee thereof:

 

(a)        Has not had a operator's license, issued under the provisions herein, revoked or suspended for cause within three (3) years of the date of the application;

 

(b)        The name and business address of the person, firm, corporation or other business entity, or agent or employee thereof, either owning, operating or controlling such vehicle;

 

(c)        Has knowingly furnished false or misleading information or withheld relevant information on any application for any license required herein, or knowingly caused or suffered another to furnish or withhold such information on his or her behalf.

 

The foregoing provisions shall apply to all operator's licenses, whether original or renewal, applied for on or after the effective date of this Chapter.  Such licenses shall be subject to the recommendation of the Chief of Police, or an authorized representative thereof, with respect to conformity with the foregoing provisions upon, and after conducting an investigation of the applicant's driving record and criminal history.

 

Sec.  33-25.     License issued for operation of public vehicle.

 

After said application has been approved by the License Committee and the City Council, in accordance with the provisions specified herein, the City Clerk is hereby authorized to issue a license to any qualified applicant for the operation of a public vehicle.  Such license shall be signed by the City Clerk and shall contain:

 

(a)        The number of the license;

 

(b)        The name and business address of the person, firm, corporation or other business entity, or agent or employee thereof, either owning, operating or controlling such vehicle;

 

(c)        The number of vehicles to be operated, including as assigned number for each such vehicle, the make and type of each vehicle to be operated, the serial or vehicle identification number, and the valid and current Illinois State license plate number thereof.

 

The City Clerk shall also issue, at no extra cost, a card or sign which shall have printed thereupon, the name, address and telephone number of the licensee, together with the rates to be charged by such vehicle, as provided under the schedule of rates approved as part of the license issued to the licensee.  Such card or sign shall be signed by the City Clerk and shall be prominently displayed at all times within any vehicle used for passenger service and covered by the foregoing license.

 

Sec.  33-26.     Identification tag or sticker for vehicles for hire.

 

Upon issuance of a license, as provided herein, the City Clerk shall deliver to the licensee a tag or sticker bearing a separate number identical with the assigned number of such vehicle for the year for which such license is issued, for each and every public vehicle covered by the license issued to the licensee.  It shall be the duty of such licensee to affix such tag or sticker in an approved place upon such vehicle, and it shall be unlawful for any vehicle, although licensed as provided herein, to be used upon the streets or alleys of the City unless such tag or sticker is attached thereto.

 

Sec.  33-27 through 33-30.     Reserved.

 

DIVISION 3.  DRIVER'S REGISTRATION

 

Sec.  33-31.     Drivers registration required to operate a public vehicle.

 

It shall be unlawful for any person to drive or physically operate a public vehicle within the City without first having been registered as a driver, as provided hereunder.

 

Sec.  33-32.     Application for driver's registration for vehicles for hire.

 

An application for a driver's registration to drive a public vehicle within the City, as provided herein, shall be made in writing to, and upon blank forms furnished by the City Clerk, and shall state thereon:

 

(a)        The name, address, telephone number, driver’s license number and social security number of the registrant;

 

(b)        The name, address and telephone number of the registrant's employer, if applicable;

 

(c)        The sex, and physical description of the registrant, including approximate height, weight, and color of hair and eyes; and,

 

(d)        Such other information as the City Clerk and/or Chief of Police may require.

 

Sec.  33-33.     Prerequisite to issuance of registration for vehicle-for-hire.

 

No registration to engage in the driving or physical operation of a public vehicle shall be issued to or held by any person, unless such person:

 

(a)        Is eighteen (18) years of age or older;

 

(b)        Has a valid, current and properly classified driver's license duly issued by the Illinois Secretary of State, a copy of which shall be submitted with the foregoing required application and maintained on file in the City Clerk's office;

 

(c)        Has not been convicted of, or placed on supervision for more than three (3) offenses against the traffic regulations governing the movement of motor vehicles within two (2) years of the date of the application;

 

(d)        Has not been convicted of, or placed on suspension for reckless driving, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, drag racing, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, leaving the scene of failure to report an accident involving injury or death within five (5) years of the date of the application;

 

(e)        Has not had a driver's registration, issued under the provisions herein, revoked or suspended for cause within three (3) years of the date of the application;

 

(f)         Has not been convicted of a felony offense, including murder, manslaughter, reckless homicide, rape, prostitution, armed robbery or violence, illegal manufacture, possession or delivery of a controlled substance or any offense similar to the foregoing offenses under Federal, state and local laws or ordinances; or,

 

(g)        Has knowingly furnished false or misleading information or withheld relevant information on any registration application for any registration required the provisions herein, or knowingly caused or suffered another to furnish or withhold such information on his or her behalf.

 

The foregoing provisions shall apply to all driver registrations, whether original or renewal, applied for on or after the effective date of this Chapter.  Such registration shall be subject to the recommendation of the Chief of Police, or an authorized representative thereof, with respect to conformity with the foregoing provisions upon, and after conducting an investigation of the applicant's driving record and criminal history.

 

Sec.  33-34.     Issuance of registration for driving public vehicles.

 

The City Clerk is hereby authorized, under the provisions herein, and upon recommendation of the Mayor, and after considering the application with supporting documents and all relevant information available to the City Clerk, to register any qualified applicant for driving a public vehicle.  Such registration shall be signed by the City Clerk, and attested to by the Mayor, and shall contain:

 

(a)        The number of the registration;

 

(b)        The registrant's name, residence address, social security number, and valid, current and properly classified driver's license number; and,

 

(c)        The name and address of the registrant's employer, if applicable. (Ord 09-32)

 

Sec.  33-35 through 33-40.     Reserved.

                                                                      

DIVISION 4.  TAXICABS AND METERS

 

Sec.  33-41.     Meters required for taxicabs.

 

No public vehicle operated as a "taxi or taxicab," and covered by a license under the provisions herein, shall be driven or operated unless it is equipped with a sealed meter in good condition to record the amount to be charged on each trip, which amount shall be shown in dollars and cents and in figures visible to the passenger.  Each such meter shall have a lever known as a "flag" which, when put in the down position will start such meter recording for the duration of the trip.

 

Sec.  33-42.     Testing meters for Taxicabs.

 

At the time an operator's license is issued, all meters shall be inspected and tested by the Chief of Police, or an authorized representative thereof, to determine if such meters are in compliance with the schedule of rates approved as part of the license issued to the licensee, under the provisions herein, and accurately registers the rates and charges specified therein.  If such meters are determined to be in proper condition for use, the meters shall be sealed and a written certificate of inspection shall be issued.

 

Upon complaint of any person that a meter does not accurately register the approved rates, it shall be again inspected and tested, and if found to be inaccurate in excess of five percent (5%) error, it shall be unlawful to operate such vehicle for which it is attached unless, and until such vehicle is equipped with a meter which has been inspected, tested, and sealed and a written certificate of inspection therefor has been issued.

 

Sec.  33-43.     Unlawful to charge unscheduled fares.

 

It shall be unlawful to drive or operate a public vehicle as a taxi or taxicab, unless the fare charged is determined by the meter in accordance with the schedule of rates approved as part of the license issued to the licensee, and no other or different fare shall be charged to passengers than is recorded on the dial or display of the meter for the trip.

 

Sec.  33-44.     Waiting time for taxis.

 

In addition to the charge for distance traveled by a taxi or taxicab, a charge may be made for waiting time provided that the meter is equipped to register such a charge, and provided such charge is specified under the schedule of rates covered by the license issued to the licensee.  Waiting time shall include the time when the taxi is not in motion, beginning no less than three (3) minutes after the arrival at the place to which it has been called, the time consumed by unavoidable delays at street intersections and the time consumed while standing at the direction of the passenger, but no charge shall be made for time lost from inefficiency of the taxicab or its driver or time consumed by premature response to a call.

 

Sec.  33-45.     Original, additional and group passengers - taxicabs.

 

No person shall be admitted to a licensed public vehicle, being operated as a taxi or taxicab, as a passenger without the consent of the original passenger.  Passengers in addition to one (1), shall be charged at a per person rate, as provided under the schedule of rates approved as part of the operator's license issued to the licensee, when such passengers embark at a common point of origin, except when the additional passengers ride beyond the original passenger's destination, and then only for the additional distance so traveled.  However, children under twelve (12) years of age, accompanied by an adult passenger, shall not be considered as additional passengers.

 

Sec.  33-46      Clearing meters.

 

Each taximeter shall be cleared at the destination of each passenger or group of passengers unless a passenger declares to the driver at or before the time the first destination is reached that no clearance of the meter shall be made until all or certain designated passengers in such taxi or taxicab reach their respective destinations.  The passenger making such declaration shall be liable for the whole fare upon reaching such destination.  The clearing of the meter at the destination of a passenger or group of passengers as aforesaid shall constitute the end of one trip.  Any passengers remaining in the taxi or taxicab for transportation to a different destination after the clearance of the meter as aforesaid shall constitute the commencement of a new trip and shall not be liable for any fare whatsoever until such new trip is commenced.

 

Sec.  33-47 through 33-50.     Reserved.

 

                     DIVISION 5.  OPERATOR'S & DRIVER'S IN GENERAL

 

Sec.  33-51.     Unlawful for operator to permit unregistered driver to operate public vehicle.

 

It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, corporation, or other business entity, or agent or employee thereof, either owning, operating, or controlling a public vehicle, to permit same to be used for the carriage of passengers for hire or for consideration while being driven by a person who does not have a valid driver's registration as required by the provisions herein.

 

Sec.  33-52.     Overcharge, direct route- taxicabs.

 

It shall be unlawful for any registered driver or licensed operator to charge or attempt to charge any passenger a greater rate of fare than that which the driver or operator is entitled to under the schedule of rates approved as part of the license issued to the licensee, nor shall any driver or operator transport any passenger to their destination except by the shortest and most direct route available from the place where the passenger entered the vehicle, unless directed otherwise by the passenger, or as otherwise approved as part of the license issued to the licensee.

 

Sec.  33-53.     Receipt for taxi fare given on request.

 

Upon payment of the entitled fare, each passenger may demand a receipt thereof, and upon such demand made, it shall be the duty of the driver or operator to give the passenger a receipt in legible type or writing showing the date and amount of fare so paid, the trade name of the licensed operator, and the name and registration number of the driver.

 

Sec.  33-54.     Maximum hours drivers may operate vehicle.

 

It shall be unlawful for any registered driver or licensed operator to engage in driving a public vehicle for more than twelve (12) hours within a twenty-four (24) hour period.  A driver shall be deemed to be driving a public vehicle if he or she is in charge of a public vehicle and holding himself/herself in readiness to convey passengers.

 

Sec.  33-55.     Duty to accept passengers; payment in advance.

 

It shall be the duty of all registered drivers and licensed operators of public vehicles to accept as a passenger, any person who seeks to use said public vehicle, if such person is not intoxicated and conduct himself/herself in an orderly manner.  Each driver or operator shall have the right to demand payment of the appropriate fare in advance, and may refuse employment unless so prepaid.

 

Sec.  33-56.     Refusal to make change - taxicab.

 

It shall be the duty of any driver or operator of a licensed public vehicle, to have on hand, and in appropriate amount, correct change, in order to secure payment of the entitled fare, or shall give notice by a sign conspicuously posted in the vehicle that the driver or operator carries no change.  If additional amounts of time, distance or other such factors, used to determine the fare, are required to secure change for a passenger, no additional charge of any kind shall be made to the passenger.

 

Sec.  33-57.     Use of liquor, profanity; disturbing the peace - taxi drivers.

 

It shall be unlawful for any registered driver or licensed operator, while on duty, to drink any intoxicating liquor, to use profane or obscene language or to disturb the peace in any way, nor shall any such driver or operator allow a passenger to consume intoxicating beverages or to perform sexual or immoral acts in a public vehicle being operated within the City.

 

Sec.  33-58.     Taxi - Display of rate card and driver's registration.

 

Any licensed operator or registered driver who has custody or possession of a public vehicle shall have the required schedule of rates card and driver' s registration prominently displayed at all times within the vehicle.  A holder to display the registration and rate card shall be provided in an area of the vehicle so as to be conspicuously visible to the passenger of such vehicle.

 

Sec.  33-59 through 33-60.     Reserved.

                                                                      

ARTICLE I.  IN GENERAL

Definitions ‑ vehicles for hire............................................................................ 33 - 1

Financial responsibility‑vehicles for hire............................................................ 33 - 4

Insurance required ‑ vehicles for hire................................................................ 33 - 2

Penalty ‑ vehicles for hire ordinance................................................................. 33 - 6

Schedule of rates ‑ vehicles for hire.................................................................. 33 - 5

Vehicle requirements and inspection................................................................. 33 - 3

DIVISION 1.  LICENSES IN GENERAL

Vehicles for hire ‑ Conditions of license.......................................................... 33 - 12

Vehicles for hire ‑ fee..................................................................................... 33 - 13

Vehicles for hire ‑ Revocation or Suspension.................................................. 33 - 14

Vehicles for Hire ‑licenses ............................................................................. 33 - 11

DIVISION 2.  OPERATORS LICENSE

Application for vehicle‑for‑hire license............................................................ 33 - 23

License Committee to approve vehicle‑for‑hire license...................................... 33-22

License issued for operation of public vehicle.................................................. 33 - 25

License required to operate vehicle for hire..................................................... 33 - 21

Original, additional and group passengers ‑ taxicabs....................................... 33 - 45

Prerequisite to obtaining a vehicle‑for‑hire license........................................... 33 - 24

DIVISION 3.  DRIVER'S REGISTRATION

Application  for driver's registration for vehicles for hire.................................. 33 - 32

Application for vehicle‑for‑hire license............................................................ 33 - 23

Drivers registration required to operate a public vehicle................................... 33 - 31

Identification tag or sticker for vehicles for hire............................................... 33 - 26..

Issuance of registration for driving public vehicles............................................ 33 - 34

Prerequisite to issuance of registration for vehicle‑for‑hire............................... 33 - 33

DIVISION 4.  TAXICABS AND METERS

Clearing meters.............................................................................................. 33 - 46

Meters required for taxicabs.......................................................................... 33 - 41

Original, additional and group passengers ‑ taxicabs....................................... 33 - 45

Testing meters for Taxicabs............................................................................ 33 - 42

Unlawful to charge unscheduled fares............................................................. 33 - 43

Waiting time for taxis..................................................................................... 33 - 44

 

DIVISION 5.  OPERATOR'S & DRIVER'S IN GENERAL

Duty to accept passengers; payment in advance.............................................. 33 - 55

Maximum hours drivers may operate vehicle................................................... 33 - 54

Overcharge, direct route‑ taxicabs................................................................. 33 - 52

Receipt for taxi fare given on request ............................................................. 33 - 53

Refusal to make change ‑ taxicab................................................................... 33 - 56

Taxi ‑ Display of rate card and driver's registration......................................... 33 - 58

Unlawful for operator to permit unregistered driver to operate ........................ 33 - 51

Use of liquor, profanity; disturbing the peace – taxi drivers.............................. 33 - 57