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BULLET St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 8.98 Taxicabs and Service Cars Part VII

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Chapter 8.98
Taxicabs and Service Cars
PART VII TAXICAB AND DRIVERS - RESPONSIBILITIES AND REGULATIONS

Sections:

8.98.401 When on duty--Duties of driver.
8.98.403 Driver not to leave cab.
8.98.407 Limitation on number of passengers carried.
8.98.413 Soliciting.
8.98.419 More than one customer.
8.98.425 Entering stands.
8.98.431 Drivers' conduct.
8.98.437 Sleeping in cab.
8.98.443 Deceiving passengers.
8.98.449 Discrimination.
8.98.455 Driver appearance.
8.98.461 License suspensions.
8.98.467 Driver's registration and taxicab operator's license suspension.
8.98.468 Suspension--Notification--Grievance.
8.98.469 Revocation or suspension of state chauffeur's license.

8.98.401 When on duty--Duties of driver.

A taxicab driver shall be presumed to be on duty if he is in on record as being on duty at the office of the certificate holder by whom he is employed, or if he has custody of a taxicab which is parked at a taxicab stand or other place, public or private, in anticipation of patronage or in furtherance of procurement of patronage. Any taxicab or service car which is being operated, or is parked or stopped upon any public street, alley or other public place, shall be presumed to be on duty if the taxicab or service car does not display, in the front window thereof, so to be easily discernible, a placard or sign containing the words "Not For Hire" in characters at least three inches high.
(Ord. 58795 8 (part), 1983.)

City Counselor Ops.: 8827, 9342

8.98.403 Driver not to leave cab.

No taxicab driver may withdraw to a greater distance than five feet of his/her taxicab while on duty and parked at a taxicab stand or other authorized public place, the only exceptions being that a driver may withdraw to greater distance of five feet during an emergency wherein the life or property of any individual is threatened; or only for a period not to exceed fifteen minutes for a physical necessity.
(Ord. 58795 8 (part), 1983.)

8.98.407 Limitation on number of passengers carried.

No taxicab will carry more than five passengers or any amount which exceeds the manufacturer's rating for that vehicle, as approved by the board of public service in the certificate of convenience and necessity.
(Ord. 58795 8 (part), 1983.)

8.98.413 Soliciting.

While a taxicab or service car is on a public street or place, passengers shall be solicited by no other means than by having a printed sign on the vehicle indicating, in addition to rate of fare, that the vehicle is for hire. It shall be unlawful for any taxicab or service car driver to solicit business at any time in any other manner in any place or public accommodation, use, or travel, including the terminal buildings of any form of public transportation, sidewalks, streets and alleys, and buildings open to the general use of the public; provided, however, that a taxicab driver, when his taxicab is lawfully parked, may raise one arm and hand to indicate that his taxicab is not engaged at that time. No driver or chauffeur of any such vehicle mentioned herein shall seek employment by repeatedly and persistently driving his vehicle in and about a short space, however a driver or chauffeur may solicit employment by driving through any public street or place without stops other than those due to obstruction of traffic thereon or to temporary traffic rules; may pass and repass before any theatre, hall, hotel, restaurant, place of amusement, public resort, club, railway station or other place of public gatherings; provided, that after passing any such place he shall not repass the same until he shall have gone a distance of at least four blocks upon the streets of the city. Nothing in this section shall be so construed as to permit the driver or chauffeur of any such vehicle, for that purpose of repassing any such place, to make a U turn in the street on which the place is located.
(Ord. 58795 8 (part), 1983.)

8.98.419 More than one customer.

It shall be unlawful for the driver of a meter taxicab which has been engaged by a first customer to permit any other passenger to enter the taxicab without first obtaining the consent of the first customer. However, drivers of taxicabs providing only passengers participating in the "shared ride" program may pick up additional passengers, up to the capacity of the taxicab, without receiving the permission of those already riding in the taxicab.
(Ord. 58795 8 (part), 1983.)

8.98.425 Entering stands.

Taxicab drivers entering a taxicab stand shall do so from the rear, and shall progress toward the front thereof whenever the opportunity to do so is present. The driver in the foremost position shall be entitled to serve the first customer arriving at that location, provided, however, that should the customer elect to employ any other taxicab, he shall have a free choice thereof at all times. When the physical design of the taxicab stand does not permit the orderly ingress of taxicabs as described, the director of streets shall prescribe rules for the use thereof as he shall deem necessary, and shall notify each holder of a certificate of convenience and necessity for the operation of taxicabs of the rules, in writing.
(Ord. 58795 8 (part), 1983.)

8.98.431 Drivers' conduct.

No taxicab driver, while on duty, shall conduct himself in a boisterous, vociferous, belligerent or otherwise offensive manner in any place or public accommodation, use, or travel.
(Ord. 58795 8 (part), 1983.)

8.98.437 Sleeping in cab.

No taxicab driver shall sleep in a taxicab when the taxicab is on duty, and is parked in a street, alley, or other public place.
(Ord. 58795 8 (part), 1983.)

8.98.443 Deceiving passengers.

No person owning, operating or in charge of any taxicab shall willfully deceive any passenger who may desire to ride, or who may ride, in the vehicle, as to its destination or as to the rate or charges therefor, or cause a passenger to be conveyed to a place other than that directed by him or not by the most direct route.
(Ord. 58795 8 (part), 1983.)

City Counselor Ops.: 8001

Editor's Note:

The third word in the first sentence of this section has been editorially amended to read "owning" rather than "owing."

8.98.449 Discrimination.

It shall be the duty of every person owning, operating or in charge of a taxicab to permit any person to hire his taxicab; provided, that the former may refuse to let the taxicab to anyone who is intoxicated or may present a personal safety hazard, and shall not knowingly or willing let the taxicab to any person in furtherance of any unlawful purpose.
(Ord 58795 8 (part), 1983.)

8.98.455 Driver appearance.

The driver of any taxicab registered under this chapter shall present at all times while on duty, a neat and orderly appearance. The director of streets is authorized to suspend for a period not to exceed one week the taxicab driver's registration and taxicab operator's license of any driver for failing to comply with this section, and he may take any reasonable measures he deems necessary to implement this section.
(Ord. 58795 8 (part), 1983.)

City Counselor Ops.: 9342

8.98.461 License suspensions.

The director of streets is authorized to suspend for a period not to exceed one week, the taxicab driver's license of any driver, or the taxicab license of one or more taxicabs, or both, for a violation of any of the provisions of this chapter, in addition to the other penalties provided.
(Ord. 58795 8 (part), 1983.)

8.98.467 Driver's registration and taxicab operator's license suspension.

The taxicab driver's registration and taxicab operator's license of a taxicab driver finally convicted, subsequent to March 27, 1962, of violating any state or municipal law by drunkenness, participation in any affray, disturbance of the peace, gambling, or use of obscene or profane language, when the violation shall have occurred while the taxicab driver is on duty, shall be suspended by the director of streets for a period of thirty days. A taxicab driver finally convicted of such a violation shall report the final conviction to the director of streets within five days of the date thereof. Should any taxicab driver fail to report the final conviction as provided in this section within five days of the date thereof, upon discovery of the fact, the director of streets shall suspend the registration and taxicab operator's license of the taxicab driver for a period of thirty days in addition to the thirty day suspension in this section.
(Ord. 58795 8 (part), 1983.)

8.98.468 Suspension--Notification--Grievance.

The director of streets shall notify the taxicab driver and his certificate holder of the suspension in writing. The period of suspension shall commence from the date of surrender of operator's license (driver) to the director of streets, which shall be made within thirty days of the date of conviction for the offense, or within thirty days of the date of release from any incarceration incurred thereunder, whichever date shall last occur. A taxicab driver aggrieved by reason of a suspension of his taxicab's driver's license and registration by the director of streets, through the action of an agent of the director of streets, shall be entitled to a public hearing by the director of streets. Application for a hearing shall be accompanied by filing a fee of five dollars. The fee shall be refunded to a taxicab driver if the director of streets shall find in his favor.
(Ord. 58795 8 (part), 1983.)

8.98.469 Revocation or suspension of state chauffeur's license.

Each taxicab or service car driver whose state chauffeur's license has been suspended or revoked shall no longer be registered as of the date of said suspension or revocation. The director of streets shall restore the registration upon presentation to him of evidence that the state chauffeur's license has been restored.
(Ord. 58795 8 (part), 1983.)

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