Chapter 28 VEHICLES FOR HIRE*
Section 28-81 Investigation; granting of application.
(a) Upon the filing of an application, the business license
administrator shall cause an
investigation into the facts stated upon the application. The application shall be approved and a
permit to operate granted unless the investigation reveals good cause to believe that the public
welfare or safety would be adversely affected if the permit were granted.
(b) Grounds to deny a permit to operate shall include, but
not limited to, the following:
(1) Whenever an applicant files an
(2) Whenever an applicant makes a
false declaration on the application.
(3) Whenever any person required to
be listed upon the application has had a permit issued
under this article revoked within the past two (2) years.
(4) Whenever an applicant has outstanding
judgments against him for damages resulting
from the negligent operation of a vehicle.
(5) Whenever the applicant fails to
have a current City of Columbia business permit or has
not applied for a City of Columbia business permit concurrent with his application for a taxicab
or limousine permit.
(c) Applicants have the burden of
demonstrating good moral character. If an applicant has
been convicted of a felony within the past ten (10) years or any misdemeanor involving theft or
the sale of or possession of illegal drugs or sexual abuse within the past five (5) years or any
municipal ordinance violation of leaving the scene of an accident or failure to report an accident
or any violation of this article, the business license administrator may deny the license after
considering the nature of the crime or ordinance violation committed in relation to the license
sought, the conduct of the applicant since the violation, and other evidence as to the applicants
(d) Denial of a license by the business license administrator
may be appealed pursuant to the
provisions of section 13-31 of the City Code.
(e) An applicant who has been denied a permit to operate
shall not reapply for a permit to
operate for a period of one year following the denial.
(Ord. No. 12094, § 1, 12-12-88; Ord. No. 17348, § 1, 6-17-02)
(Ord. 17348, Amended, 06/17/2002, Prior Text)