LICENSES, PERMITS & FEES
SUBJECT: TAXICAB ORDINANCE
C. 98, S. 45
06/11/96, 07/25/95, 02/14/95, 11/27/90,
05/22/84, 08/12/80, 06/13/78, 07/13/76, 06/12/75
SECTION 2. Definition.
Conveyance for hire wherein a meter is used.
C. 98, S. 45.
SECTION 3. No
person, firm or corporation shall allow any person to operate, pick up and
discharge any person within the City of Lynn unless such taxicab is licensed
by the City Council Committee on Licenses
SECTION 4. Requires
1 metal medallion per vehicle used as a taxi.
50 medallions issued. $500
for new medallions, $100 for annual renewal.
Nothing other than the medallion, Mass. registration plate and
company phone number on back of taxi.
SECTION 5. Licenses
expire on Feb. 1.
SECTION 6. Requires
certificate of insurance, C. 175, SS. 12, 13, 47.
SECTION 7. Insurance
policy requirements. $5,000
injury of death of one person, $10,000 for multiple injuries or deaths.
SECTION 8. Plate
or placard issued with each license to be attached to the interior of the
vehicle in occupant’s view. Plate
to have “Taxi Vehicle License, Lynn, Mass.” and the license number.
SECTION 9. “No
person having charge of or driving a taxicab shall refuse to carry any
person asking to be carried as a passenger therein, unless the person is
drunk or disorderly.
SECTION 10. “No
person driving a taxicab shall refuse to extinguish any lighted cigarette,
cigar or pipe at the request of any passenger.”
SECTION 11. “No
taxicab shall be allowed to stand or to wait for passengers in any street,
square or public place, except on such portions thereof and during such
hours as may be designated therefor by said Committee on Licenses.
Said Committee on Licenses may from time to time designate locations
in streets, squares and public places where, and the hours during which,
such vehicles may so stand, and may cancel or change such locations or hours
as and whenever public interest seem to require such change.
SECTION 12. All
public stands shall be plainly marked and shall be free and accessible to
all taxicabs licensed by the City.
SECTION 13. “No driver shall park his car in a
double line at a public stand, nor shall any driver park his vehicle in such
a manner as to interfere with traffic, both vehicular and pedestrian, at any
location. Such enforcement
shall be by the Police Department and or Parking Department.”
A placard shall be posted in the interior of
all taxicabs, so as to be plainly visible to occupants there, bearing the
words “With proper I.D., Senior Citizens (65 years and older) are entitled
to a 25 percent fare discount. Please
SECTION 14. “No
taxicab shall be stopped to take on or to discharge passengers at any place
on any street except at the curb; nor shall any person be permitted to sit
or ride upon any fender, dash, step, running boards, top or door of any such
SECTION 15. “Every
person having charge of or driving a taxicab shall deliver any article left
therein by any passenger to the Chief of Police not later than twenty-four
hours after finding the same and a shall receive from him a receipt therefor;
and, said Chief of Police shall take proper steps to return the same to the
owner. All such articles delivered to said Chief of Police and not
claimed by the owner within one (1) year from such delivery shall be given
to the licensee of the vehicle in which they were left.
SECTION 16. “No person operating a taxicab shall
establish and maintain therefor, any route between fixed terminal under
reduced fare calculated to compete with motor bus or street railway service.
SECTION 17. Prohibits
charging higher rates than are fixed by License Committee.
SECTION 18. All
taxicab drivers are subject to rules promulgated by the License Committee.
SECTION 19. “No person shall charge any passenger
or passengers therein any higher rate than the following:
First mile or any fraction
Each additional ¼ mile or fraction
Waiting time per
twenty-five percent (25%) discount under the Senior Citizen’s discount
program will be available and given on all fares charge in the City of Lynn
and the Towns of Swampscott and Nahant.
Prohibits owners of taxicabs to permit anyone
to drive a taxi unless he has a license from the License Committee, fee of
$10. Requires drivers to be
residents of Mass. and citizen of U.S. or declared intention to become
citizen, and Mass. operator’s license.
Authority of License Committee to grant annual
Prohibits sale, transfer or assignment of
medallion without Committee’s consent.
“The driver must provide a waybill to the
owner who must keep, on a form approved by the Committee on Licenses, and
produce upon demand of the same or the Inspector of Taxicabs or any officer,
a record of all trips made by said vehicle containing all information
requested on form approved by the Chief of Police for a period of each
calendar day, said forms to be held for ninety (90) days.
All trade names used by licensed owners shall
be approved by the Committee on Licenses.
Any licensee who shall cease to be the operator
of a taxicab shall at once surrender his license to the Committee of
Requires owners to be at least 21 yrs. old and
operators must be at least 18 yrs. old. Prohibits those who have been
addicted to alcohol or drugs during the past 5 years. Committee’s discretion on criminal and driving record with
The Committee on Licenses shall refuse a
license for, or, if already issued, revoke or suspend the license of any
taxicab found by him to be unfit or unsuited for public patronage.
Requires owners to keep taxis clean and
sanitary and mechanically fit. Owners
to inspect once a week, DPW to inspect annually, May 1 – June 1.
Card in taxi to with statement that complaints should be directed to
the License Committee.
“It shall be the duty of the City of Lynn
police officers to observe the movements of taxicabs, especially at night,
and at all times to see that the rules governing such taxis and their
drivers are obeyed. Licensed
drivers shall be respectful to and are requested to answer fully and civilly
any questions put to them by police officers in the performance of their
The Committee on Licenses will regard as
unsuited to hold a license, any driver who violates any State of Federal
liquor law, within the past five (5) years including the use and
distribution of any type of drugs, or who gives direction, information or
service to a man or woman seeking a place of a person for immoral purposes,
or any driver who offers such direction, information or service.
“Every driver of any licensed taxicab shall
report to the police station any suspicious actions of passengers or
conditions which he may observe.”
SECTION 32. “Every driver having charge of a
taxicab shall have with him his Taxi driver’s license, and a copy of these
rules and regulations to be shown to a passenger on request, and shall have
in an easily accessible place in the vehicle, the license for such vehicle.
A copy available at every taxi company.
All drivers upon being granted a license, shall be given said rules
and regulations, and upon receipt that they understand, they must sign for a
copy of said rules and regulations pertaining to taxis.
33. “Every driver having
charge of a licensed taxicab in a public place shall be suitably dressed,
neat and clean in appearance.”
Lost taxi licenses to be reported to Inspector
of Taxicabs, $5 replacement fee.
Receipts to be given to passenger upon request
or dispute in fare. Receipt to
have driver’s name and license number, date and time of receipt, origin
and destination, and amount of received.
The local authorities shall, whenever there is
a violation or any law or ordinance, give to the driver, a citation.
The Committee shall have the authority to strip a driver of his
credentials consisting of badge and driver’s license card, if warranted.
“Police officers are to make a report of all facts connected with
any arrest or violation.”
The Committee has authority to suspend of
revoke license after a hearing initiated by a
complaint from the public
or a police officer. License
shall be suspended or revoked if violation occurred while driving the taxi,
and the taxi shall not be used during such suspension or revocation.
SECTION 38. “Any person or corporation violating
any of the provisions of the foregoing sections shall forfeit and pay a fine
not exceeding Fifty ($50.00) Dollars for each offense; and, any licensed
owner or driver who violates any of the provisions of the foregoing sections
shall, in addition to said penalty, thereupon become liable to suspension of
forfeiture of his license, and may be disqualified to hold a license
Repeal of prior regulations.
All licensed taxicabs shall have sealed meters
approved by the Sealer of Weights & Measures.
FINE- Not more than $50, suspension,
NOTE: Incorporates ordinances 05/23/33,
07/09/57, 06/10/69, 06/12/75, 07/13/76, 08/12/80, 05/22/84, 04/25/89,