DIVISION 4


FOR-HIRE VEHICLES


CERTIFICATE OF PUBLIC NECESSITY AND CONVENIENCE (CPNC)

EDITORIAL NOTE:
The numbering system was changed in May of 1991 to facilitate inclusion of additional ordinances. Section 13- 030.00 was created by moving from 13-010.00. Division 4 was created at same time to encapsulate ordinances under new title of Taxicabs. This title was changed to For-Hire Vehicles for the 1994 update of the Code of Ordinances.

SEC.

13-030.00 Purpose


    The purpose of this Article is to insure safe and reliable passenger transportation by licensing, controlling, and regulating each privately operated for-hire vehicle in the unincorporated areas of the parish. (Ord. No. 93-1737, adopted 05/20/93)

SEC.

13-030.01 Definitions

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    (A) For-hire vehicles: Any privately operated motor or power driven vehicle providing transportation service for which compensation is charged per capita, per mile, or per destina tion. As used in this Article, the following shall refer to forms of for-hire vehicles:
    (1)    Taxicabs: Any vehicle carrying six (6) passengers or less, including the driver or operator.
    (2)    Limousines: Any vehicle carrying from six (6) to nine (9) passengers.
    (3)    Vans/buses: Any vehicle carrying twelve (12) or less passengers.
    (4)    Vans/buses: Any vehicle carrying twelve (12) or more passengers.
    (5)    Dray: Any vehicle drawn by an animal.
(Ord. No. 93-1737, adopted 05/20/93; amended by Ord. No. 99-3075, adopted 5/20/99 removed all references to watercraft and waterways under this Division)

SEC.

13-030.02 Certificate Of Public Necessity And Convenience (CPNC) Required

By Operators                     Of For-Hire Vehicles

    Any person, corporation, partnership or association in the business of operating for-hire vehicles as a common or contract carrier of persons or property for compensation on roads in the unincorporated areas of St. Tammany Parish will be required to obtain a Certificate of Public Necessity and Convenience (CPNC) if the point of origin is in unincorporated St. Tammany Parish.

    It shall be unlawful for any person to operate or permit any other person to operate a for- hire vehicle, or to transport or offer to transport passengers for hire in any vehicle from another parish, without having first applied for and received the appropriate CPNC in the manner provided herein, providing that the fare originates in unincorporated St. Tammany Parish.
(Ord. No. 93-1737, adopted 05/20/93)

SEC.

13-030.03 Application for CPNC



    Each individual seeking to obtain a CPNC license for a for-hire vehicle as well as to operate a for-hire vehicle shall make written application to the Police Jury for same, shall meet the requirements as established by law, and shall certify that all requirements have been properly satisfied. No license shall be granted if the applicant fails to meet the requirements or if the applicant provides false, misleading or incomplete information. Licenses issued on the basis of false, misleading or incomplete information furnished by the applicant may be revoked by the Police Jury.

    If the applicant is a corporation, association or partnership, all of the partners or the principal officers of the organization and the person(s) actually exercising the executive direction of the organization shall be listed on the applications. All of the provisions applicable to individuals shall apply to and be required of such principal partners or officers, and the failure of any of them to meet such requirements shall be grounds to deny the application of such corporation, association or partnership.

    All changes of such partners or officers who have submitted applications shall be reported to the Police Jury within ten (10) working days of such change, and such new officers, partners or other executive managing personnel shall individually file applications within that time. The failure to certify within such time or to possess the qualifications required of individuals under this article shall be cause for the suspension of all permits held by such corporation, association or partnership.
(Ord. No. 93-1737, adopted 05/20/93)

SEC.

13-030.03.1 Requirements


    (A) LPSC Authority - Any applicant for a CPNC on a bus, van or limousine must possess a current LPSC authority issued by the Louisiana Public Service Commission. (Ord. No. 93-1737, adopted 05/20/93)

    (B) U.S. Coast Guard Inspection/License - Any motor driven watercraft carrying five (5) or more passengers must possess proper inspection issued by the U.S. Coast Guard and all operators of such for-hire motor driven watercraft must possess a proper Coast Guard license (copy of license to be retained on file by Parish).

    (C) Age and Literacy - Applicants for CPNC's must be twenty-one (21) years of age and must be able to read and write English. In the case of a partnership or corporation, said provisions must be satisfied by the qualification of principal partner(s) or duly registered officer(s).

    (D) Citizenship and Residency -

        (1)    Citizenship: An applicant for any CPNC license must be a citizen of the United States. Proof of citizenship shall be submitted by the applicant at the time the application is made.
        (2)    Residency: An applicant for a CPNC from a contiguous parish must have or designate an agent for service of process and provide same to the Police Jury.
        (3)    Organizations: If the applicant is a corporation or partnership, the above requirements for a CPNC shall be satisfied by the qualification of all duly registered officers of the corporation or principal partners of the partnership. Copies of Articles of Incorporation or Partnership Agreement must be furnished.



    (E) Occupational License - Applicants for CPNCs must obtain a St. Tammany Parish occupational license in accordance with Chapter 12 (Sections 12-016.10 et seq.) of this Code of Ordinances, and the same must be prominently displayed in the vehicle at all times.

    (F) Proof of Ownership and For-Hire Registration - Applicants for CPNCs must submit proper proof of ownership for all vehicles to be licensed (title, bill of sale, purchase agreement, or lease agreement for not less then 2 years), as well as a "For Hire Vehicle" registration certificate to be prominently displayed in the vehicle.

    (G) Operator's License - All owners and operators of CPNC licensed road vehicles shall be required to possess a current Louisiana Chauffeurs Drivers License, CDL, or proper LPSC.

    All owners/drivers of for-hire road vehicles shall provide the Police Jury with the names, addresses and driver's license numbers of all persons permitted to drive any such vehicle. Likewise, the Police Jury must be notified in writing within five (5) working days after the employment of any new driver or the termination of any driver, with the actual employment or termination date being provided in said notice.

    (H) Background Record Check - All CPNC applicants must submit to a police background check to be conducted by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Department. One felony conviction or more than three (3) misdemeanor convictions over the past five (5) years will automatically disqualify the applicant from receiving a CPNC. Further, any conviction of driving while intoxicated, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, and/or hit-and-run driving within the past three (3) years will be considered automatic disqualification from obtaining a CPNC Operator License from the type of vehicle for which the offense occurred.

    (I) Drug Testing - All CPNC applicants must to submit to urinalysis screening for drug and/or alcohol abuse. Testing shall be done in such a manner as to ensure privacy and screening will be performed by an approved testing laboratory which adheres to N.I.D.A. guidelines. All test results and relevant information will be strictly confidential. The presence or detection of any of the following drugs, without valid prescription, will be considered automatic disqualification:

    (1)    Alcohol (ethyl)
    (2)    Amphetamines (e.g., speed)
    (3)    Barbiturates (e.g., Amobarbital, Butabarbital, Phenobarbital, Secobarbital)
    (4)    Cocaine
    (5)    Methaqualone (e.g., Quaalude)
    (6)    Opiates (e.g., Codeine, Heroin, Morphine, Hydromorphone, Hydrocodone)
    (7)    THC (Marijuana)
    (8)    Other illegal drugs, including use of prescription drugs not prescribed for the individual or used in excess of prescribed dosages

    (J) Insurance Prerequisite - All CPNC vehicle applicants shall submit proof of insurance or ability to be insured by an admitted company licensed to do business in the State of Louisiana, or a surplus line company licensed in Louisiana with a rating in the A M Best Guide of at least A, IX.

    Applicants must submit to the Parish a certificate of insurance or an actual policy of insurance providing for personal injury and property damage liability coverage for each vehicle to be licensed. Property damage must be separated from liability coverage. Combined single limits will not be accepted.

    No for-hire vehicle shall be permitted to operate on streets and roads in the unincorporated areas of the Parish until the applicant has furnished sufficient proof of insurance coverage with the Parish of St. Tammany in the amounts of $100,000.00, $300,000.00 and $500,000.00.
(Ord. No. 93-1737, adopted 05/20/93; amended by Ord. No. 99-3075, adopted 5/20/99)

SEC.

13-030.04 Issuance of CPNCs


    The Director of the Department of Permits shall investigate all applicants for a CPNC and the merits of each application. A written report of the findings and recommendations from the investigation shall be submitted to the Police Jury. The Police Jury shall determine whether or not any CPNC will be granted or denied. No application shall be denied without a hearing being held thereon, unless granting of a CPNC would cause the licensed motor vehicles in the parish to exceed the specified limit. Existing CPNC holders and other interested parties may appear as intervenors in such hearings.

    (A) CPNC's generally - In determining whether a CPNC should be issued, the Director of the Department of Permits shall consider the following:

        (1)    Whether the requirements of the Certificate of Public Necessity and Convenience can be met and complied with only by the issuance of additional certificate(s) of public necessity and convenience;
        (2)    The resulting effect of an issuance upon the business of existing certificate holders and upon the existing agencies of mass transportation;
        (3)    The effect upon traffic congestion and safety of the public using the streets and said for-hire vehicles;
        (4)    The effect upon working conditions, wages or other compensation paid to drivers of taxicabs or other motor vehicles being operated under existing CPNC's;
        (5)    In the case of a new CPNC company, the applicant must establish the fact that the service to be provided is not and/or cannot be adequately provided by existing CPNC companies; or
        (6)    Any other facts which the Director may deem relevant.

    (B) CPNC's for taxicabs - In determining whether a certificate of public necessity and convenience shall be granted to an applicant to operate a taxicab from a contiguous parish to pick up passengers or property in St. Tammany Parish, the Director of Permits shall take into consideration the number of vehicles licensed. No more than TWENTY (20) certificates of public necessity and convenience to operate a taxicab in St. Tammany Parish shall be issued by the Director of Permits.

    (C) Limousines. In the case of new limousine companies, the applicant must have proof of title or leasing agreements for at least two (2), seven (7) or nine (9) passenger limousines and the limousines must not be more than five (5) years old. No more than TWENTY (20) certificates of public necessity and convenience to operate limousines in St. Tammany Parish shall be issued by the Director of Permits.



    (D) Vans, Buses - All applicants for certificates of public necessity and convenience for vans or buses must provide proof of title, leasing agreement or proof of purchase and the required insurance coverage dependent upon passenger capacity.

(Ord. No. 93-1737, adopted 05/20/93; item (E) Watercraft was eliminated under authority of Ord. No. 99-3075, adopted 5/20/99)

SEC.

13-030.05 Denial; Revocation; Suspension


    The Police Jury shall have the sole authority to deny, revoke or suspend any Certificate of Public Necessity and Convenience.
(Ord. No. 93-1737, adopted 05/20/93)

SEC.

13-030.05.1 Permanent Disqualification For Certain Offenses


    (A) Applicants for a driver's permit or CPNC shall never have been convicted anywhere under the laws of this state or any other state or of the United States of the offense or offenses equivalent thereto of homicide, negligent homicide, aggravated rape, aggravated battery, simple rape, aggravated kidnaping, aggravated burglary, armed robbery, attempted aggravated battery, attempted aggravated rape, attempted aggravated robbery, aggravated assault, or sale of narcotics.

    (B) Applicants for a driver's permit or CPNC shall never have been convicted of multiple felony offenses or multiple traffic offenses involving injury or death.
(Ord. No. 93-1737, adopted 05/20/93)

SEC.

13-030.05.2 Prescription Of Certain Offenses


    A) Applicants for a driver's permit or CPNC shall not have been convicted of any felony other than those listed in Section 13-030.05.1, or pandering, prostitution, soliciting for prostitution, or illegal possession or use of narcotics within five (5) years of the date of filing an application; nor shall the applicant have served any part of a sentence therefore within five (5) years before the date of filing such application.

    (B) An applicant who is otherwise qualified to obtain a driver's permit or CPNC who has been convicted of a disqualifying offense under this Section [Division] may appeal to the Police Jury within ten (10) working days from the notice of disqualification by the Department of Permits, provided that the applicant has received a pardon for said offense or committed said offense while a minor or where extenuating or mitigating circumstances are present.
(Ord. No. 93-1737, adopted 05/20/93)

SEC.

13-030.05.3 Specific Causes For Suspension Or Revocation


    (A) The Police Jury, or its duly designated representative, is authorized to suspend, for a period not exceeding ninety (90) days, or revoke, pursuant to the applicable procedure, any driver's permit or CPNC for due cause whenever said party has to his discredit one of the following:


        (1)    Conviction in any court for violating any of the disqualifying provisions of this article [division];
        (2)    Finding, after administrative hearings as set out hereinafter, that the holder of the permit or CPNC has failed to comply with the provisions of this chapter [division];
        (3)    A combination of convictions in any court and/or suspensions totaling five (5) within one year;
        (4)    Operation of a vehicle regulated by the provisions of this article when the operator's permit is under suspension; or
        (5)    Investigation by the Director of the Department of Permits revealing that the permit holder falsified or concealed information which would have disqualified said applicant as a recipient of a permit under this chapter.

    (B) A driver's permit for a road vehicle shall also be suspended or revoked for due cause whenever the party has to his discredit one of the following:

        (1)    Conviction in any court for drunken driving; or
        (2)    Five (5) or more moving violation convictions or three (3) or more convictions of moving violations period of twelve (12) months.
(Ord. No. 93-1737, adopted 05/20/93)

SEC.

13-030.05.4 No Addiction To Intoxicating Drugs


    The applicant for a driver's permit or CPNC shall not be addicted to the use of intoxicating liquors and shall not use any narcotic drugs or any barbituric acid derivative, or central nervous system stimulant, as defined by the law of this state or this chapter [division], except under the supervision of a licensed physician for medical purposes. The physician shall have stated in writing that the applicant's ability to operate a vehicle will not be impaired by use of the drug. (Ord. No. 93-1737, adopted 05/20/93)

SEC.

13-030.05.5 Narcotics Tests And Mandatory Revocation For Use Of Narcotics


    (A) Each applicant shall furnish a written certificate or statement from the Coroner of St. Tammany Parish that he has been examined within ten (10) days of applying for such permit by the Coroner or by a competent person under his discretion or an approved testing laboratory and found not to use any narcotic drugs or barbituric acid derivatives or central nervous stimulant, as defined in this chapter [division].

    (B) The Police Jury, Parish Manager, or Director of Permits may, pursuant to notice in writing, periodically require the holder of any CPNC or driver's permit issued under this article to take additional tests by the Coroner of St. Tammany Parish, or by an approved testing laboratory, acting under the direction of said officer, to determine if such holder uses any narcotic drugs or any barbituric acid or central nervous system stimulant as defined in this chapter. It shall be the right of the Police Jury or its designated representative to revoke, pursuant to the applicable administrative procedure, the CPNC or driver's permit should the Coroner or approved testing laboratory certify in writing at any time that an examination shows that such holder does use any of the narcotic drugs or any barbituric acid derivatives or central nervous system stimulant as defined herein.
(Ord. No. 93-1737, adopted 05/20/93)

SEC.

13-030.05.6 Police Record Check



    All applicants for driver's permits or CPNCs shall submit to a police record check through the St. Tammany Sheriff's Department, and a copy of the report shall be attached to the application and kept on file by the Department of Permits. (Ord. No. 93-1737, adopted 05/20/93)

SEC.

13-030.05.7 Provisions For Hearing/Appeal Of Denial/ Revocation Of Driver's Permit Or CPNC


    (A) The Police Jury or its designated representative may deny or revoke the issuance of a driver's permit or a CPNC whenever, in the exercise of reasonable and sound discretion and after giving notice and affording the applicant or holder a hearing thereon, it has been determined that the applicant or holder is in violation of this chapter. The Police Jury shall conduct a hearing in accordance with the provisions of LSA R.S. 49:951 et seq. (Rules of Administrative Procedure).

    (B) In the event the hearing results in the denial or revocation of a CPNC, the party involved may thereafter appeal to the Police Jury within ten (10) working days of such ruling to determine if said ruling is justified in the exercise of reasonable and sound discretion. (Ord. No. 93-1737, adopted 05/20/93)

SEC.

13-030.05.8 Suspension Hearing


    (A) The Director of the Department of Permits or a duly designated agent shall have the authority to suspend for not more than ninety (90) days the CPNC or driver's permit of a holder in violation of any section(s) of this article [division], provided that the party shall be first afforded notice of a hearing at which the holder will be permitted to present a defense, the convocation of such a hearing in the Police Jury Chambers, and the written reasons for the suspension by the Police Jury in the event of a decision of suspension.

    (B) In the event that the hearing results in the suspension of a CPNC or driver's permit, the party involved may appeal to the 22nd Judicial District Court. (Ord. No. 93-1737, adopted 05/20/93)

SEC.

13-030.05.9 One-Year Prohibition Against Application After Revocation


    No person whose CPNC or permit has been revoked, pursuant to the procedure required by this article, shall be permitted to file an application for a new permit or CPNC within a period of twelve (12) months after such revocation. If after such period application is made, the applicant shall be required to meet all the requirements and qualifications provided in this chapter for original applicants. The Director of Permits has the discretion to issue a probationary license or permit at an established fee for a period of twelve (12) months. Such probationary license or permit shall be subject to administrative review and revocable by the Director of Permits in the exercise of sound discretion for any violation of the law. (Ord. No. 93-1737, adopted 05/20/93)

SEC.

13-030.06 Corporate Officers Subject To Penal Provisions


    Whenever a corporation, partnership or association shall violate any of the penal provisions of this article [division], such violation shall also be deemed to be that of the individual officers, directors, partners or agents of such corporation who had personally authorized, ordered or perpetuated such violation. Any such officer, director, partner or agent

shall be punished in the same manner and to the same extent as herein provided for an individual. (Ord. No. 93-1737, adopted 05/20/93)

SEC.

13-030.07 General Or Attempted Non-Compliance; Penal Provisions


    The non-compliance with any mandatory or prohibitory provision of this article [division] shall constitute an offense and a violation hereof. Any person charged with a violation of this article and found guilty of an offense thereof shall be subject to punishment by a fine and/or imprisonment at the discretion of the 22nd Judicial District Court not to exceed the maximum penalty provisions as defined in Sec. 1-008.0 of this Code of Ordinances. Any person convicted of an attempt to violate the provisions of this article [division] shall be sentenced to not more than one-half the maximum fine and/or imprisonment as defined in Sec. 1-008.0 of this Code of Ordinances. (Ord. No. 93-1737, adopted 05/20/93)

SEC.

13-030.08 Liability Coverage For-Hire Vehicles


    All applicants and/or individuals holding CPNC's are required to have in full force and effect separate policies of liability insurance coverage for personal injury and property damage. Proof of insurance must be furnished to [the] Parish. (Ord. No. 93-1737, adopted 05/20/93)

SEC.

13-030.08.1 Liability For Certificate Holders


    Such persons to whom CPNC's have been issued in accordance with the provisions of this article [division] shall be liable and answerable in damages for all injuries or damages whatsoever caused directly or indirectly by the use or operation of the CPNC holder's for-hire vehicles, whether at the time of the injury or damages such for-hire passenger vehicles were being used or operated by owner, agent, servant or employee or other persons not agents, servants or employees of the holder, unless proof is shown that the vehicle was stolen. (Ord. No. 93-1737, adopted 05/20/93)

SEC.

13-030.08.2 Liability Coverage Required


    No for-hire vehicle subject to the provisions of this chapter shall be permitted to operate on streets or roads in the unincorporated areas of St. Tammany Parish by any owner and/or operator until such party shall have first provided personal injury and property damage liability coverage for each such vehicle in the manner and in the amount specified hereinafter. The Department of Permits shall maintain a continuous check of the liability coverage of each taxicab and for-hire vehicle specified in this article [division] and shall not permit any such vehicle to operate without the required coverage. (Ord. No. 93-1737, adopted 05/20/93; amended by Ord. No. 99-3075, adopted 5/20/99)

SEC.

13-030.08.3 Coverage By Insurance Policy


    No insurance policy to provide coverage shall be accepted unless the same shall be written by a public insurance company authorized to do business in the State of Louisiana; shall be issued to such person, persons, firm or corporation; shall be in the amounts specified and shall conform to all requirements of this article [division]; and shall stipulate that any person or persons, firm or corporation, who may sustain damage to their person or property resulting from such negligent operation of such vehicles, shall have their right of action on said policy as fully and to the same extent as if said policy were made and executed directly in favor of the claimant for such damages. No policy will be accepted for a shorter period than six (6) months. Such insurance written under this section may be in either an "admitted"

company or a "surplus line" company certified to do business in this state, provided that if same be written in a surplus line company, such company shall have a minimum rating with A.M. Best Company of A, Class IX. However, if the insurance written under these provisions is for a non-motorized (i.e., animal drawn) vehicle and is written in a surplus line company, such company shall have a minimum rating with A.M. Best Company of B+, Class VII. It shall be incumbent on the CPNC holder to inform the Parish if and when insurance is no longer in effect. (Ord. No. 93-1737, adopted 05/20/93)

SEC.

13-030.08.4 Effectiveness Of Certificate


    The certificate for any and all for-hire vehicles of an owner thereof shall be effective and operation shall be permitted thereunder only so long as the insurance requirements as to such vehicle shall remain in force as therein provided. (Ord. No. 93-1737, adopted 05/20/93)

SEC.

13-030.08.5 Enforcement


    The provisions of this section [division] may be enforced by appropriate civil remedy in any court of competent jurisdiction by governmental authority or by any person having an interest affected, directly or indirectly, by any violation thereof. (Ord. No. 93-1737, adopted 05/20/93)

SEC.

13-030.08.6 Revocation Of For-Hire Vehicle License For Failure To Provide Liability Coverage


    Unless the CPNC holder furnishes the Parish Department of Permits with satisfactory evidence of required legal liability coverage prior to the expiration of the first seven (7) days of the ten (10) days' notice specified in this article [division], or upon the third notice of cancellation within a twelve month period, the CPNC shall be subject to revocation after a hearing held by the Police Jury as set forth herein. (Ord. No. 93-1737, adopted 05/20/93)

SEC.

13-030.08.7 Required Liability Coverage For All For-Hire Vehicles


    The liability coverage for all for-hire vehicles shall be represented by a policy of liability insurance issued by an insurance company for payment of a sum of not less than ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS ($100,000.00) to satisfy all claims for damages by reason of bodily injury to, or death of, any one person resulting from any one accident, and, subject to said limit for one person, for payment of a sum not less than THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS ($300,000.00) to satisfy all claims for damages by reason of bodily injury to, or death of, two (2) or more persons, resulting from any one accident; and for payment of a sum not less than FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS ($50,000.00) to satisfy all claims for damage to property resulting from any one accident, by reason of the ownership, operation, maintenance or use of such vehicle upon any street or road the unincorporated areas of St. Tammany Parish. (Ord. No. 93-1737, adopted 05/20/93; amended by Ord. No. 99-3075, adopted 5/20/99)

SEC.

13.030.09 Temporary CPNC For Special Events


     The Director of the Department of Permits is hereby authorized to issue temporary CPNCs for special events and special needs subject to the following restrictions:

    (A)    The temporary CPNC will be valid beginning at 12:00 noon on the day prior to the special event and will end at 12:00 noon the day following the special event.


    (B)    No certificate shall be issued to other than a holder of a current group tour and special sightseeing, limousine, or a per capita sightseeing CPNC.

    (C)    Certificates shall be only issued for vehicles which qualify for a CPNC by being properly licenses, registered and insured.

    (D)    Operators of such licensed vehicles shall themselves be licensed by the State of Louisiana to drive said vehicle; said license being a valid Louisiana Chauffeur Driver's License.

    (E)    All fees and charges for temporary certificates issued under this section [division] shall be as outlined in this Article [Division].

    (F)    There shall be compliance with all applicable provisions of the Code of Ordinances for St. Tammany Parish prior to the issuance of the temporary CPNC for special events.
    
(Ord. No. 93-1737, adopted 05/20/93; item (G) Watercraft eliminated under authority of Ord. No. 99-3075, adopted 5/20/99)

SEC.

13.030.10 Bus And Limousine CPNC Applications


    A CPNC shall be issued for buses or limousines only after a written application is filed with the Department of Permits, a public hearing is convened, due notice is given to applicant, as well as to all competing companies, stating they might appear as interveners, and finding is reached by the Director of Permits that public convenience and necessity require the issuance of a certificate to said applicant. (Ord. No. 93-1737, adopted 05/20/93)

SEC.

13.030.11 Regulation Of Vehicles


    (A) Road vehicles must be in good mechanical condition and display a current Louisiana inspection certificate. Vehicles purchased for the express use of serving as taxicabs within the Parish shall be no older than five (5) years. Said vehicles may remain in service indefinitely as long as they comply with the safety standards of the State of Louisiana and the other provisions of this chapter [division].

    (B) All CPNC vehicles must be registered in the owner's name with the Parish, giving the class, type, seating capacity, make, manufacturer, motor number and serial number, design and color scheme, and any lettering and marks to be used thereon. The owner is required to pay a fee of TWENTY-FIVE DOLLARS ($25.00) for each registration. The registration certificate must be prominently displayed in the vehicle at all times.

    (C) Change of ownership of or title to any CPNC vehicle for the operation of which a registration certificate has been issued shall automatically revoke such certificate unless the Parish is noticed [notified] of such a change and transfers the unexpired portion of said certificate to the new owner or to a substitute vehicle in case of destruction or replacement of vehicle for which the original permit was issued.     (Ord. No. 93-1737, adopted 05/20/93)

SEC.

13-030.12 Vehicle Inspections



    No person shall operate a vehicle that does not have the appropriate vehicle inspection sticker required by state law or federal regulations. (Ord. No. 93-1737, adopted 05/20/93)

SEC.

13-030.13 Operation Of For-Hire Vehicle


    Every motor vehicle used in the business of transporting passengers for hire shall use the streets or roads in the unincorporated areas of St. Tammany Parish subject to all traffic rules and regulations that may from time to time be issued by the State Police, the Sheriff and/or the Police Jury, and shall at all times be operated in a manner consistent with public welfare and safety. (Ord. No. 93-1737, adopted 05/20/93; reference to “waterway” eliminated under authority of Ord. No. 99-3075, adopted 5/20/99)

SEC.

13-030.13.1 Police To Regulate Operation, Parking


    (A) Operators of CPNC vehicles must obey all parish ordinances regarding traffic, parking, vehicular safety requirements, and all other regulatory laws governing vehicle operation applicable in St. Tammany Parish.

    (B) It shall be the duty of the Sheriff, the State Police, or duly authorized law enforcement officers, to regulate the operation and parking of every vehicle operated as a public taxi or vehicle for hire hereunder on the streets in the unincorporated areas of St. Tammany Parish; which parking shall be regulated in a manner which will prohibit the undue blocking of traffic or the undue use of particular sections of streets for parking purposes by taxicabs and vehicles for hire, and all operators of the same are forbidden from posting any sign, poster or placard which in any manner restricts parking privileges of the general public unless signs are specifically authorized by order of the Police Jury.
(Ord. No. 93-1737, adopted 05/20/93)

SEC.

13-030.14 Restricted Fares


    (A) It shall be unlawful for any person operating a for-hire vehicle, who is not licensed in the Parish, to provide pickup service for seven (7) citizens in the unincorporated areas of the Parish.

    (B) For-hire vehicle operators licensed in another parish are prohibited from accepting fares originating in the unincorporated areas of this Parish unless they possess a CPNC issued by the St. Tammany Parish Police Jury.

    (C) Exempt herefrom are licensed for-hire vehicles, i.e., limousines and buses, which provide charter services or contract services for weddings and funerals. Operators of such vehicles will be required to furnish a "Round-Trip Contract" to perform such services.
(Ord. No. 93-1737, adopted 05/20/93)

SEC.

13-030.15 CPNC Schedule Of Fees


    The fee to be paid to the St. Tammany Parish Police Jury for issuance of a Certificate of Public Necessity and Convenience (CPNC) or operator's license for a CPNC vehicle is hereby fixed as follows:

TAXICAB/VEHICLES OF 6 OR LESS PASSENGERS

$ 25.00

LIMOUSINES/VEHICLES 6 TO 9 PASSENGERS

$ 25.00


VANS/BUSES/VEHICLES 12 OR LESS PASSENGERS
$ 25.00

GROUP TOURS/SPECIAL SIGHTSEEING

$ 25.00

PER CAPITA SIGHTSEEING

$ 25.00

SPECIAL EVENTS/CHARTER

$ 25.00

TEMPORARY LICENSE - PER DAY, PER VEHICLE

$ 10.00

(Ord. No. 93-1737, adopted 05/20/93; watercraft eliminated under authority of Ord. No. 99- 3075, adopted 5/20/99)

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13-030.15.1 Duration, Renewal


    Every permit issued hereunder shall be for a period of five (5) years and may be revoked by the Police Jury at any time for any violation of the provisions of this article [division], and must be renewed by every operator of taxicabs or other vehicles for hire each and every year from date of the issuance of the original permit, it being the intention of this article [section] that no for-hire vehicle be operated for carrying passengers unless it be expressly authorized by the St. Tammany Parish Police Jury, after compliance with all regulations contained in this chapter [division]. (Ord. No. 93-1737, adopted 05/20/93)

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13-030.15.2 Applicant To Pay All License Fees


    Each applicant, upon issuance of a CPNC hereunder by the Police Jury to conduct the business provided for herein, shall pay promptly all license fees required by the laws of the state and by the ordinances of this parish, and shall at all times while operating the said business pay all licenses and fees promptly when due. (Ord. No. 93-1737, adopted 05/20/93)

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13-030.16 Exemptions; Exceptions


    A) Exempt from requirements established herein are educational, religious and non-profit groups/organizations using for-hire vehicles in connection with field trips, scholastic or athletic events, church related activities, senior citizens activities, and charitable events.

    B) Any person, corporation, or partnership in possession of a valid occupational license issued by a St. Tammany Parish municipality to operate a for-hire road vehicle shall be exempt from the provisions and requirements hereof, provided said license was issued prior to the enactment of this Ordinance.
(Ord. No. 93-1737, adopted 05/20/93; item (C) watercraft eliminated under authority of Ord. No. 99-3075, adopted 5/20/99)

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13-030.17 Violations; Penalties


    Any violation of this article [division] shall constitute a misdemeanor punishable in accordance with Section 1-008.00 of this Code of Ordinances. (Ord. No. 93-1737, adopted 05/20/93)




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