Chapter 28 VEHICLES FOR HIRE*
Section 28-83 Inspection.
Vehicle permits shall only be granted after an inspection
as set out in this section. In addition
to all other vehicle inspections required by law, each vehicle governed by this article shall be
subject to an annual inspection. All inspections shall be conducted by persons designated by the
city manager and shall consist of the following:
(1) All taxicabs and limousines shall
be inspected for proper markings, display of
information, and the following:
Exterior. Headlights, taillights, brake lights, directional signal lights, license plate
lights, windshield, vent glasses, windshield wipers, all other vehicle glass, glass window raisers,
doors and door locks, trunk lid, trunk hood, and interior door handles, exhaust system, splash
shields, hubcaps, bumpers, fenders, body and tires shall be inspected to ascertain that each is
functioning properly. Each taxicab shall be maintained in a reasonably clean condition. There
shall be no tears or rust holes in the vehicle body and no loose pieces such as fenders, bumpers or
trim hanging from the vehicle body. There shall be no unrepaired body damage which would
create a safety problem or interfere with the operation of the vehicle.
Interior. The rear view mirror, steering wheel, foot brakes, parking brakes, seat belts
and air conditioning and heating systems shall be inspected to ascertain that each is functioning
properly. The upholstery, floor mats, head lining, door panels and the trunk compartment shall be
inspected to determine whether they are clean, free of tears, and that the trunk has sufficient
space for passengers' luggage. The taximeter shall be inspected to determine that it is properly
(2) Failure to have a vehicle inspected
as required herein shall be a ground for suspension of
the vehicle permit. If a vehicle for hire fails to pass the requirements of inspection, a correction
slip shall be issued to the driver, listing the items that need correction and showing the status of
the inspection. The vehicle shall not be operated as a vehicle for hire until it successfully passes
inspection; provided, that the business license administrator, in his discretion, for a period not to
exceed fifteen (15) days, may allow the continued use of a vehicle for hire which substantially
complies with the inspection requirements. The business license administrator shall forward to
the permit holder a copy of the correction slip.
(3) Nothing herein shall prohibit
the random inspection of vehicles for hire by the business
license administrator or police department where possible violations of this article or other
violations of law regarding the condition of vehicles for hire are evidence by visual inspection.
(4) Denial or suspension of a vehicle
permit may be appealed pursuant to the provisions of
section 13-31 of the City Code.
(Ord. No. 12094, § 1, 12-12-88)