SECTION 1. PERMIT REQUIRED. No person shall drive any taxicab carrying passengers for hire from place to place within the corporate limits, unless that person shall have first applied to and secured from the Board of Commissioners a permit to operate a taxicab.
SECTION 2. APPLICATION. The application required of applicants to drive a taxicab, as provided in Section 1 hereof, shall be made upon blanks furnished by the Town for such purposes and shall, among other things, state the name, address, physical condition, physical description, former employers, court record, and State Chauffeur’s License number. Such application shall be signed and sworn to by the applicant. The applicant shall further appear at the office of the Police Department for the purpose of having his fingerprints taken and photograph made, both of which shall constitute a part of his application.
SECTION 3. DUTY OF CHIEF OF POLICE. The Chief of Police is hereby charged with the duty of investigating the facts stated in the said application, and shall report his findings and recommendations to the Board of Commissioners.
SECTION 4. WHEN PERMIT GRANTED. If the Board of Commissioners finds that the applicant has not been convicted of: a felony; a violation of any federal or state statute relating to the use, possession, or sale of intoxicating liquors; any federal or state statute to prostitution; any federal or state statute relating to the use, possession or sale of narcotic drugs; and that the applicant is a citizen of the United States and is not a habitual user of intoxicating liquors or narcotic drugs; and has not been a habitual violator of traffic laws, said Board of Commissioners shall issue a permit to the applicant to drive a taxicab.
SECTION 5. REVOCATION OF PERMIT. At any time after the issuance of a permit to any person to drive a taxicab, the Board of Commissioners may revoke said permit, if the person holding such permit is convicted of: a felony; a violation of any federal or state statute relating to the use, possession or sale of intoxicating liquors; a violation of any federal or state statute relating to the use, possession or sale of narcotic drugs; repeated violations of traffic laws or ordinances; a violation of any state or federal statute relating to prostitution; or becomes a habitual user of intoxicating liquors or narcotic drugs.
SECTION 6. PERMIT TO BE DISPLAYED. The driver of every taxicab shall, at all times while operating said taxicab, prominently post and display in such taxicab, so as to be visible to the passengers therein, his permit to drive a taxicab.
SECTION 7. RATES TO BE DISPLAYED. Every taxicab operated within the corporate limits shall have at all times prominently posted and displayed in said taxicab, so as to be visible to the passengers therein, the rates and/or fares for the use of such cab.
SECTION 8. LICENSE REQUIRED. Every person, firm, or corporation, before operating any taxicab or taxicabs within the corporate limits of the Town of Denton, shall apply to and secure from the Town Clerk an annual license for the privilege of operating each such taxicab, and shall pay for such annual license a tax in the sum of $25.00 for each taxicab operated.