CHAPTER 14 MOTOR VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC.*
Article XIII. Taxicabs and Vehicles for Hire.
Sec. 14-13-16. Operating regulations for services provided.
(a) A taxicab or vehicle for hire is authorized to provide exclusive ride
service, which shall mean exclusive use of a taxicab by one or more passengers
at a time, and shared ride service, which shall mean non-exclusive use of a
taxicab by two or more unrelated passengers, traveling between different points
of origin and/or destination and traveling in the same general
(b) Flag loads, meaning passengers soliciting a taxicab or
vehicle for hire at random points on the street, may be picked up at any
location within the city except when it is apparent that the prospective fare
has already phoned for a taxicab or vehicle for hire operated by another person
or firm and is waiting for such taxicab or vehicle for hire to
(c) Solicitation of fares is permitted when located at areas as may
be declared open to solicitation by all properly permitted operators or drivers.
No driver of any taxicab or vehicle for hire shall seek employment by repeatedly
driving his or her vehicle back and forth in a short space in front of, or by
otherwise interfering with, the proper and orderly access to or egress from any
theater, hall, hotel, railway or other place or public gathering; or by leaving
his or her vehicle or otherwise, approaching and soliciting patronage by any
pedestrian upon the sidewalk, in any theater, hall, hotel, railway or street
railway loading point.
(d) All persons other than the driver shall ride in
the passenger compartment of the taxicab or vehicle for hire, except passengers
who are physically disabled, are unable to get into the passenger compartment or
have extreme difficulty in doing so, and except where there are more passengers
than can be accommodated in such compartment or where it is necessary to have
someone seated with the driver in connection with the normal operation of the
taxicab or vehicle for hire.
(e) The driver of a taxicab or vehicle for hire
employed to carry passengers to a definite point shall take the most direct
route possible that will carry the passengers safely, lawfully and expeditiously
to the destination.
(f) Persons engaging a taxicab or vehicle for hire shall
be entitled to have such valises, small hand baggage or wheel chairs as can be
conveniently carried within the vehicle loaded, conveyed and unloaded without
(g) Every operator approved to operate under the provisions of this
article shall regularly and daily operate his or her business to the extent
reasonably necessary to meet the public demand for service. Upon abandonment of
such business for a period of thirty consecutive days by such operator, approval
to operate under this article may be revoked.
(h) Smoking shall be
prohibited in taxicabs and vehicles for hire. The driver of the vehicle shall
promptly direct any passenger smoking in a taxicab or vehicle for hire to
promptly and safely extinguish any cigarette or other smoking device. The
refusal of any passenger to extinguish a cigarette or other smoking device shall
constitute sufficient reason for the driver to immediately suspend service to
(i) Every owner or driver of a taxicab or vehicle for hire
operated on a highway shall maintain safety belts in good working order for the
use of the occupants of the vehicle. The driver of a taxicab or vehicle for hire
shall not operate the taxicab or vehicle for hire unless passengers four years
of age or over and weighing forty pounds or more, in the front seat, are
properly restrained by a safety belt. The driver of a taxicab or vehicle for
hire shall require all passengers sixteen years of age or over to be properly
restrained by a safety belt when the taxicab or vehicle for hire is being driven
on a public highway. (Ord. No. 1399, § 3 (part).)