In order to qualify for a license, whether upon initial application or upon application for renewal of a license:
an applicant shall be in compliance with all City, State of Illinois and Federal laws, and the provisions of this chapter; and
an applicant shall have its principal place of business in the City of Chicago:
with respect to any corporate applicant, the corporation shall be organized or qualified to do business under the laws of the State of Illinois and have its principal place of business in the City of Chicago; or
with respect to a partnership applicant, the partnership shall have its principal place of business in the City of Chicago; or
with respect to any applicant other than a corporation or partnership, the applicant shall be a citizen or legal resident of the United States residing and domiciled in the City of Chicago.
an applicant must successfully complete a mandatory course of study as prescribed and approved by the commissioner. If the applicant is a corporation, an officer of the corporation completing the course shall satisfy this requirement. If the applicant is a partnership, a partner completing the course shall satisfy this requirement. If the license is held by a corporation or a partnership, and the person having completed the course required in this section ceases to be an officer or a partner, the licensee shall have 60 days to achieve compliance with this section. The commissioner may require any licensee (or an officer or partner of a licensee) to complete this course again when such licensee is found to have engaged in conduct that violates any provision of this chapter or the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder.
The commissioner may by rule require a continuing education course of study covering the requirements of this chapter, other relevant portions of the Municipal Code of Chicago, and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder, and such other additional subjects as the commissioner may require for all applicants for a taxicab license. The commissioner may contract with the city colleges or, with the approval of the mayor, with any state-approved vocational or technical school or not-for-profit organization to provide the required taxicab licensee course of study and the commissioner shall certify the content and curriculum for the course to assure compliance with this chapter. The course certification shall be reviewed annually and may be revoked at any time. The commissioner by rule shall approve the tuition to be charged for such course.
an applicant for the issuance or renewal of a taxicab license shall submit a copy of the licensee’s agreement with a taxicab affiliation licensed by the city. Provided, however, that a licensee need not be affiliated if the licensee is an owner-operator.
In determining whether an applicant is qualified for a license, or the renewal thereof, the commissioner shall take into consideration:
The character and reputation of the applicant or its members, officers or directors, including, if applicable, the disciplinary record of the applicant in the operation of his taxicab vehicle and the disciplinary record of the applicant, or of any officer or director of a corporate applicant, as a public chauffeur;
The applicant’s financial ability to render lawful, safe, suitable and comfortable service and to maintain or replace the equipment for such service;
The applicant’s ability to maintain mandated insurance, including, but not limited to, liability insurance and worker’s compensation insurance for the payment of personal injury, death, property damage, or other insurable claims; and
The applicant’s financial ability to pay all judgments and awards which may be rendered for any cause arising out of the operation of a taxicab vehicle.
No applicant is eligible for a license if any Chicago taxicab or public passenger vehicle license or any Chicago public chauffeur license or restricted public chauffeur license held by the applicant, or held by any officer or director of a corporate applicant or partner in a partnership applicant, has held within the previous five years was revoked, or if the applicant, or any officer or director of a corporate applicant or partner in a partnership applicant, within the five years immediately preceding the date of his application, has been either convicted, or in custody, under parole or under any other noncustodial supervision resulting from a conviction in a court of any jurisdiction for the commission of any felony as defined by Article 2.of the Illinois Criminal Code of 1961, as amended, or its equivalent under federal or other jurisdictional law.
No person shall be qualified for a public vehicle license under Chapter9-114 and a taxicab medallion license at the same time.
(Added Coun. J. 1-18-12, p. 19118, § 1; Amend Coun. J. 6-6-12, p. 28356, § 16)