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City code for licensing taxi drivers

ARTICLE III.  VEHICLE FOR HIRE DRIVER'S LICENSE


Sec. 102-61.  Required.

Each individual driving or operating a vehicle for hire within the city, with the exception of limousines and intra-city charter buses, shall be required to obtain a vehicle for hire driver's license from the police department. No person shall operate a vehicle for hire, with the exception of limousines and intra-city charter buses, upon the streets of the city, and no person who owns or controls a vehicle for hire (except for limousines and intra-city charter buses) shall permit it to be driven unless the driver of that vehicle shall have then in force a vehicle for hire driver's license issued under the provisions of this chapter. If authorized by an intergovernmental agreement approved by both city councils, a single vehicle for hire driver's license may be issued for both Shreveport and Bossier City.

(Ord. No. 61, 2000, 5-9-00)


Sec. 102-62.  Qualifications.

Each applicant for a vehicle for hire driver's license shall certify that he meets the following qualifications:

(1)   He is a person over 18 years of age.

(2)   He has never been convicted anywhere under the laws of this state, or any other state, or of the United States, or of this city or any other city, within five years, and has not served any part of a sentence therefor within five years before the date of the filing of this application, of the offense of murder, aggravated rape, simple rape, aggravated burglary, simple burglary, armed robbery, simple robbery, illegal possession or sale or use of narcotics (felony grade), contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, indecent behavior with a juvenile, has not been convicted three or more times within the past five years of any traffic offense, and has not been convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs during the year preceding the filing of the application.

a.   He has never been convicted anywhere under the laws of this state, or any other state, or of the United States, or of this city or any other city, within one year, and has not served any part of a sentence therefor within one year before the date of the filing of this application, of the offense of illegal possession of narcotics (misdemeanor grade), pandering, prostitution, or soliciting for prostitution, first offense.

b.   He has never been convicted anywhere under the laws of this state, or any other state, or of the United States, or of this city or any other city, within two years, and has not served any part of a sentence therefor within two years before the date of the filing of this application, of the offense of illegal possession of narcotics (misdemeanor grade), pandering, prostitution, or soliciting for prostitution, second offense.

(3)   He has not been convicted of any other felony or of any misdemeanor involving moral turpitude against the criminal laws of this state or of any other state, or of the United States, within five years, has not served any part of a sentence therefor within five years before the date of the filing of the application, and he is not presently charged therewith, or with any of the felonies, offenses or misdemeanors set forth in subsection (2) of this section (excepting minor traffic violations), or with violating any of the provisions of this article.

(4)   He is not addicted to the use of intoxicating liquor, does not use any narcotic drugs except as prescribed by a physician, and is not suffering from any diseases or infirmities which might make him an unsafe or unsatisfactory driver.

(5)   He possesses a currently valid chauffeur's license issued by the state.

(Ord. No. 61, 2000, 5-9-00; Ord. No. 83, 2007, 5-22-07)


Sec. 102-63.  Fee.

Each applicant for a vehicle for hire driver's license under the terms of this article shall pay a fee of $20.00 to the police department at the time of his application, in addition to any fingerprint research fees charged by the state. All licenses shall expire two years from the date of issue, unless otherwise revoked, canceled or suspended.

(Ord. No. 61, 2000, 5-9-00)


Sec. 102-64.  Investigation of applicant.

The police department shall conduct an investigation of each applicant for a vehicle for hire driver's license, and each applicant shall submit himself to be photographed and fingerprinted.

(Ord. No. 61, 2000, 5-9-00)


Sec. 102-65.  Issuance; license to be posted.

(a)   Upon approval of an application for a vehicle for hire driver's license, the chief of police shall issue a license to the applicant, which shall bear the name, address, age, signature and photograph of the applicant.

(b)   Every driver licensed under this article shall post his vehicle for hire driver's license in full view of all passengers in such a manner as to make it accessible to them.

(Ord. No. 61, 2000, 5-9-00)


Sec. 102-66.  Denial; suspension; revocation.

(a)   The chief of police may deny any applicant's application for a license whenever in the exercise of his reasonable and sound discretion, and after notice and affording the applicant a hearing thereon, he shall determine that the applicant is not a fit and proper person to have such a license. If a license is denied by the chief of police, the applicant may appeal within ten days of such denial to the city council, with the appeal to be handled as set forth in section 102-46.

(b)   The chief of police is hereby given authority to suspend any vehicle for hire driver's license issued under this article for a driver's failure or refusal to comply with the provisions of this article, such suspensions to last for a period of not more than 30 days. The chief of police is also given authority to revoke any vehicle for hire driver's license for failure to comply with the provisions of this article; provided that the license may not be revoked unless the driver has received notice of the charges against him and has had the opportunity to present evidence on his behalf.

(c)   Whenever a person who shall have been issued a vehicle for hire driver's license under this article shall be charged in any court with a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude, or with any felony, or with driving while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs, or with violations of this article, the chief of police is hereby given authority to suspend the driver's license pending final disposition of the charges against him, and to revoke such license upon conviction thereof.

(Ord. No. 61, 2000, 5-9-00)


Sec. 102-67.  Unlicensed drivers.

If any person not licensed under this article is found operating any vehicle, except for a limousine, carrying passengers for hire, the chief administrative officer may immediately take action to suspend or revoke the license held by the owner and operator of the vehicle, or by an association of owner-operators.

(Ord. No. 61, 2000, 5-9-00)

Secs. 102-68--102-80.  Reserved.

 

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