No person shall place a vehicle into service as a taxicab until the vehicle has been inspected under the direction of the commissioner and found to be in safe operating condition. A taxicab vehicle inspection includes, but is not limited to, ensuring that all required equipment is installed and operating as intended, and that the interior and exterior of the vehicle are clean and in good condition for the safety of the vehicle drivers and passengers. Licensees must submit all their taxicab vehicles for inspection as scheduled by the department. Taxicab vehicles with a vehicle age of 2 years or newer must be inspected at least annually, and all older taxicab vehicles must be inspected at least semiannually.
If any licensee fails to appear and make his vehicle available for inspection after receiving a notification from the commissioner to do so, the commissioner may immediately suspend the licensee’s license and impose a fine as set forth in section9-112-630" destination-id="JD_9-112-630">9-112-630, in addition to all other applicable penalties, including extending the license suspension, and/or license revocation. If the licensee again fails to so appear, the commissioner may suspend his license until the vehicle has passed an inspection pursuant to this section. If a licensee demonstrates a pattern of missing scheduled inspection dates, the commissioner may revoke the license.
The commissioner is authorized to adopt rules and regulations to specify the time frame and schedule for vehicle inspections and may require additional inspections based upon complaints.
(Added Coun. J. 1-18-12, p. 19118, § 1; Amend Coun. J. 5-28-14, p. 82771, § 4)