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BULLET St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 8.62 Motor Buses

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Chapter 8.62
Motor Buses

Sections:

8.62.010 Definitions.
8.62.020 License and permit required.
8.62.030 Permit--Application--Hearing.
8.62.040 Permit--Bond.
8.62.050 Permit--Additional buses on established routes.
8.62.060 Permit--Revocation.
8.62.070 License--Application.
8.62.090 License--Tax--Other city and state taxes not exempted.
8.62.100 License--Plate--Duplicate.
8.62.110 License--Plate--Posting.
8.62.120 License--Plate--Use--Counterfeit.
8.62.130 Sale or transfer.
8.62.140 Annual statement.
8.62.150 Records.
8.62.160 Operating tax.
8.62.170 Additional regulations.
8.62.180 Rate of fare--Established.
8.62.190 Rate of fare--Sign.
8.62.200 Rate of fare--Lower than maximum.
8.62.210 Operation on mileage basis.
8.62.220 Route and destination sign.
8.62.230 Stopping or standing.
8.62.240 Sanitation and mechanical condition.
8.62.250 Operators.
8.62.260 Operative regulations.
8.62.270 Buses operating to and from points outside the city--Termini established.
8.62.280 Buses operating to and from points outside the city--Receiving and discharging points.

Charter:

Art. I 1 (13) Regulation of public utilities

V.A.M.S.:

387.010--387.180 et seq. Common carriers

387.190--387.400 Powers of public service commission over common carriers

City Counselor Ops.: 8262

8.62.010 Definitions.

A. "Motor bus" means every motor vehicle having a seating capacity of ten or more persons which is offered for, or engaged in, conveying passengers for hire, when the passenger has no control of the route traversed.

B. "Operator" means to the person or persons actively engaged in the operation of a motor vehicle.
(1948 C. Ch. 14 1: 1960 C. 605.020, 608.040.)

8.62.020 License and permit required.

No motor bus shall be offered for, or engaged in, carrying passengers for hire, over or upon the public streets or places in the City until a license for each motor bus has been obtained as herein provided. No license shall be issued until a permit has been obtained from the Board of Public Service permitting the operation of such motor bus as provided in this chapter.
(1948 C. Ch. 14 3: 1960 C. 605.010.)

McQuillin:

26.169 et seq. Motorbuses and street railways

8.62.030 Permit--Application--Hearing.

Applications for a permit to operate a motor bus shall be made to the Board of Public Service on a form to be furnished by the Board of Public Service. The Board, or the President thereof, shall fix a date upon which the Board will have a public hearing to consider the application. Notice of the hearing shall be published twice in the City journal before the hearing.
(1948 C. Ch. 14 4: 1960 C. 606.010.)

8.62.040 Permit--Bond.

Before granting a permit the Board shall require the applicant to produce, at a public hearing, satisfactory evidence of technical skill and financial responsibility, and shall also require the applicant to give bond to the City in the amount of three thousand dollars for each vehicle proposed to be operated; provided, that if one person proposes to operate more than five vehicles, the total bond required shall be in the amount of ten thousand dollars. The bond shall be in the form prescribed by the City Counselor, and with sureties approved by the City Comptroller, and shall provide adequate security for the prompt payment of any sum accruing to the City and for the performance of other obligations, as well as adequate security for the payment of any damages occurring, or judgments obtained by any person on account of the operation of the motor bus.
(1948 C. Ch. 14 5 (part): 1960 C. 606.020 (part).)

City Counselor Ops.: 7926, 8304

8.62.050 Permit--Additional buses on established routes.

An application for a permit to operate motor buses along a route or in a district already served by another person shall not be granted unless the Board of Public Service shall find after investigation that additional motor buses should be used. After so finding, the Board shall give the person holding the permit to operate along the route or in the district the right to operate additional buses in such number as the Board shall have found necessary; and only upon the refusal or failure to operate additional buses within the time fixed by the Board, by the person holding the permit, shall the application be granted.
(1948 C. Ch. 14 7: 1960 C. 606.040.)

8.62.060 Permit--Revocation.

The Board of Public Service shall not revoke a permit granted by it until after a public hearing, advertised in the same manner as directed in the granting of the permit, and the revocation shall become effective thirty days from the date of revocation by the Board; provided, that for each twelve months of operation under the permit in question, there shall be added to the thirty-day period provided for in this section, an additional period of ten days.
(1948 C. Ch. 14 6: 1960 C. 606.030.)

8.62.070 License--Application.

The application for the license required shall be addressed to the License Collector of the City, upon a form to be furnished by the Collector, and verified by the affidavit of the owner of the vehicle, and shall state the following:

A. That the owner desires to obtain a license from the City to operate a motor bus for the conveyance of passengers, with or without baggage, over and upon the public streets in the City;

B. The name and address of the owner, and if a corporation, in addition to its name and address, the names and addresses of its officers;

C. The name of the manufacturer and factory number of busses to be operated;

D. The state license number;

E. The City license number;

F. That a permit has been obtained from the Board of Public Service, as required by this chapter, and that the bond required by the City has been approved and filed.
(1948 C. Ch. 14 8: 1960 C. 605.030.)

8.62.090 License--Tax--Other city and state taxes not exempted.

The license tax required on each motor bus shall be a tax on the business of conveying passengers over and upon the public streets and places in the City. Nothing contained in this chapter shall be construed to exempt the owner from paying the tax imposed as a registration tax or license by the City in licensing motor vehicles or automobiles to be operated on its streets, or the tax which the City levies on motor vehicles or automobiles as personal property. Nor shall anything in this chapter be construed to exempt the owner or driver of a motor vehicle from the qualifications which the City or the state may require of persons who operate motor vehicles or automobiles upon public streets.
(1948 C. Ch. 14 14: 1960 C. 605.090.)

8.62.100 License--Plate--Duplicate.

Upon the filing of the application and the payment of the license tax, the License Collector shall assign to the motor bus a distinctive number, and shall issue to the owner thereof a metal plate with the number thereon, and a license to operate the bus.

The license shall bear the number so assigned and shall set forth the facts stated in the application. The license shall also state whether the motor bus is to be driven or operated by the owner or by an employee. In the event of the loss, mutilation or destruction of the license plate, the owner may obtain from the License Collector a duplicate thereof upon filing an affidavit that the license plate has been lost, mutilated or destroyed, and upon payment of a fee of one dollar.
(1948 C. Ch. 14 9: 1960 C. 605.040.)

8.62.110 License--Plate--Posting.

The license herein provided for shall at all times be posted in the vehicle to which it applies and within view of the passengers carried therein. The number plate shall be at all times conspicuously displayed and securely fastened upon the front portion of the vehicle to which it applies.
(1948 C. Ch. 14 16: 1960 C. 605.110.)

8.62.120 License--Plate--Use--Counterfeit.

The plate or license required by this chapter shall not be used on any vehicle other than that for which it has been duly issued, nor shall any one use, or permit to be used, any false or counterfeit plate or license.
(1948 C. Ch. 14 10: 1960 C. 605.050.)

8.62.130 Sale or transfer.

Upon the sale or transfer of a motor bus for which a license shall have been obtained in accordance with the terms of this chapter, the vendee shall immediately file with the License Collector an application to have the license transferred from the vendor to the vendee. This application shall state all the matters required in the original application, and, in addition thereto, the name and address of the vendor and vendee, the number and date of the original license, the date of the sale or transfer, and it shall be accompanied by the original license and license plate and a copy of the bill of sale. The application shall be verified by affidavit. Upon the filing of the application and the payment of one dollar to the License Collector, the Collector shall transfer the license on the records in his office from the vendor to the vendee, and shall issue a new license plate to the vendee for the unexpired portion of the old license.
(1948 C. Ch. 14 15: 1960 C. 605.100.)

8.62.140 Annual statement.

All person engaged in the operation of motor buses shall file with the Comptroller of the City a full and complete annual statement, sworn, duly signed and attested, showing, by bus routes, the gross receipts of the persons derived from transportation by means of the motor buses on the streets of the City. If any motor bus route is partly within and partly without the City limits, only that portion of the gross receipts of the bus routes shall be included in the statement as the percentage of miles of the bus route within the City limits bears to the whole of the bus route. The annual statement shall be for the fiscal year ending January thirty-first and shall be filed with the Comptroller on or before the first day of March following the fiscal year to which it relates.
(1948 C. Ch. 14 13 (part): 1960 C. 605.080 (part).)

8.62.150 Records.

The Comptroller or one of his deputies or employees may inspect and examine the books and records of the person to ascertain the correctness and completeness of the annual statement and he may require a corrected statement to be filed if the first statement filed is found to be not correct or complete. He shall certify to the License Collector the correctness of all statements found to be correct, and the License Collector shall not issue a receipt for any operating tax until the statement has been certified by the Comptroller.
(1948 C. Ch. 14 13 (part): 1960 C. 605.080 (part).)

8.62.160 Operating tax.

All persons engaged in the operation of motor buses shall pay annually to the License Collector, as an operating tax, in addition to the license tax, a sum equal to five percent of the gross receipts derived from transportation by means of the motor buses in the City. The operating tax shall be computed for the fiscal year ending January thirty-first, and shall be paid to the License Collector on or before the first day of April, following the fiscal year for which the license is due.
(1948 C. Ch. 14 12: 1960 C. 605.070.)

Cases:

Bus company estopped from challenging the validity of 1948 Code C. 14 12 which imposes an annual operating tax equal to 5 percent of the company's gross receipts. St. Louis Public Service Co. v. City of St. Louis, 302 S.W. 2d 875 (1957).

8.62.170 Additional regulations.

The Board of Public Service shall adopt regulations, not inconsistent with the provisions of this chapter, for the operation and inspection of motor buses and for the qualifications of the drivers as may be reasonable and as will best conserve the interest of the City and the safety of the general public.
(1948 C. Ch. 14 5 (part): 1960 C. 606.020 (part).)

McQuillin:

24.667 et seq. Motor buses, street railways and carriers

8.62.180 Rate of fare--Established.

The rate of fare to be asked or received by the owner, operator or person in charge of any motor bus shall not exceed ten cents for each passenger for the entire journey or any part thereof that may be designated by the passenger. No person owning, operating or in charge of a motor bus, shall demand or receive any sum of money for services in excess of the rates herein authorized.
(1948 C. Ch. 14 17.)

8.62.190 Rate of fare--Sign.

There shall be posted in every motor bus in a conspicuous place, a sign setting forth the rates or charges authorized by this chapter and at the upper portion of the sign shall be the words: "maximum charges authorized by ordinance."
(1948 C. Ch. 14 18: 1960 C. 607-.010.)

8.62.200 Rate of fare--Lower than maximum.

In the event that a rate or charge lower than the maximum herein authorized shall be made, it shall be the duty of the owner, operator or person in charge of the bus, before it is operated, to clearly inform the passenger what the rate of charge will be, and to have the rate printed on a sign and posted in a conspicuous place in the vehicle.
(1948 C. Ch. 14 19: 1960 C. 607.020.)

8.62.210 Operation on mileage basis.

No motor bus shall be rented or let on the basis of mileage or distance traveled.
(1948 C. Ch. 14 20: 1960 C. 607.030.)

8.62.220 Route and destination sign.

Motor buses, operated as such, shall be plainly marked in a manner to indicate their character, and on every bus, when at the service of the public, there shall be a sign, plainly visible by day or night, indicating the route traversed and the destination of the vehicle.
(1948 C. Ch. 14 21: 1960 C. 608.010.)

8.62.230 Stopping or standing.

No motor bus while waiting for time of departure, shall stop or stand on any public street except on public stands as are lawfully established, or upon private stands as may be established by permit.
(1948 C. Ch. 14 22: 1960 C. 608.020.)

8.62.240 Sanitation and mechanical condition.

All motor buses shall be kept in a clean, sanitary condition, and the motor, brakes and other mechanism shall be kept in good working order.
(1948 C. Ch. 14 23: 1960 C. 608.030.)

8.62.250 Operators.

No person shall drive or operate a motor bus unless he is competent to do so.

No person shall drive or operate such vehicle who has an infirmity of body or mind which might render him unfit for the safe operation thereof. Nor shall any such vehicle be driven or operated by any person who is addicted to the use of intoxicating liquors or while intoxicated. All operators on motor buses shall be in distinctive uniform and shall be neat and tidy in appearance. Each operator shall be assigned a number which shall be worn or displayed in some conspicuous place on his person. The name and address of the driver or operator shall at all times be posted in the vehicle under the heading: "name and address of chauffeur," unless the vehicle is operated by a corporation, in which case the name and address of the corporation shall appear.
(1948 C. Ch. 14 24: 1960 C. 608.050.)

8.62.260 Operative regulations.

It shall be unlawful for the operator of any motor bus:

A. To solicit passengers other than by the sign to be posted on each bus as provided in this chapter;

B. To discharge or take on passengers without bringing the vehicle to a full stop;

C. To carry more passengers including the driver than may be carried with safety and comfort to the passengers;

D. To operate the vehicle while any person riding thereon is not entirely within the body thereof or upon the upper deck or while any person is standing or sitting on the running boards, fenders or doors thereof;

E. To discharge or take on passengers except at the right hand side of such vehicle;

F. To carry any passenger beyond the point on the route of the vehicle at which the passenger had requested that he be permitted to leave the vehicle, or beyond the destination indicated on the printed sign displayed on the vehicle in accordance with this chapter, wilfully or without the consent of the passenger;

G. To cross the tracks of any steam railway without bringing the motor vehicle to a full stop;

H. To allow any passenger or passengers to obstruct the clear view of the driver at any time.
(1948 C. Ch. 14 25: 1960 C. 608.060.)

8.62.270 Buses operating to and from points outside the city--Termini established.

There are established in the City, the following motor bus termini:

A. The parking area on the south side of Delmar Boulevard between Broadway and Sixth Street;

B. The parking area on the north side of Delmar Boulevard commencing at a point thirty-five feet east of the building line of Broadway and thence extending sixty feet eastwardly;

C. The parking area on the west side of Third Street between Washington Avenue and St. Charles Street;

The parking areas above specified shall be set apart for the exclusive use of motor buses engaged in the transportation of passengers to or from points outside of the City from and to points within that portion of the City that is contained within the following described boundaries: Bounded on the north by the south line of Cass Avenue, on the east by the west line of Broadway between Cass Avenue and O'Fallon Street, and the west line of Third Street, south of Broadway, on the south by the north line of Chouteau Avenue and on the west by the east line of Seventeenth Street.

All motor buses engaged in such transportation of passengers shall be parked only in these parking areas.
(1948 C. Ch. 14 26: 1960 C. 608.070.)

8.62.280 Buses to and from points outside the city--Receiving and discharging points.

All motor buses engaged in the transportation of passengers, to or from points outside of the City and entering the City, shall neither receive nor discharge passengers at any points other than the stations hereinafter specified:

Immediately after entering or crossing Union Boulevard, Kingshighway Boulevard, Grand Boulevard, Jefferson Avenue, Eighteenth Street, Fourteenth Street, Tesson Street, Schirmer Street, Bates Street, Russell Avenue and Chouteau Avenue, Halls Ferry Road at Broadway, Taylor Avenue at Broadway, Taylor Avenue at West Florissant Avenue, Salisbury Street, Cass Avenue, Cole Street (formerly known as Wash Street), Alice Avenue, Robin Avenue, Thirteenth Street at St. Louis Avenue, Delmar Boulevard at Tenth Street, Delmar Boulevard at Eleventh Street, St. Charles Street between Third Street and Fourth Street, Riverview Drive, Harris Avenue and West Florissant Avenue, Angelica Street and Blair Avenue, Thirteenth Street and North Market Street, Taylor Avenue at Page Boulevard, Vandeventer Avenue at Page Boulevard, Chippewa Street and Hampton Avenue, Watson Road and Chippewa Street, Ninth and Mallinckrodt Streets, Ninth Street and St. Louis Avenue, Ninth and North Market Streets, Ninth and Tyler Streets, Ninth Street and Cass Avenue, Ninth Street and Biddle Street, Ninth Street and Franklin Avenue, Tenth Street and Cass Avenue, Tenth and Biddle Streets, Tenth and Carr Streets, Tenth Street and Franklin Avenue, Tenth Street and Washington Avenue, and Twelfth Boulevard and Lucas Avenue, Broadway at Grape Avenue, Broadway at Humboldt Avenue, Broadway at East Prairie, Broadway at St. Louis Avenue, Broadway at Canaan Avenue, Broadway at Angelica Street, Broadway at North Market Street, Broadway at Tyler Street, Penrose at Twentieth Street, West Florissant Avenue at Shreve Avenue, West Florissant Avenue at Park Lane, Halls Ferry Road at McLaran Avenue, Halls Ferry Road at Canaan Avenue, Halls Ferry Road at Veronica Avenue, and the termini hereinbefore described. No such motor bus shall transport any passenger from one point within the City to another point within the City; provided that this section shall not apply to motor buses operated by motor transportation companies operating mainly within the limits of the City.
(Ord. 51235 1, 1962: prior Ord. 49738 1, 1959: Ord. 49449 1, 1959: Ord. 48383 1, 1957: 1948 C. Ch. 14 27: 1960 C. 608.080.)

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