Sec. 23-25. - Issuance of taxicab drivers' certificates of occupancy and chauffeurs' licenses; duties of the chief of police.

(a) Every person desiring a chauffeur's license for the operation of a taxicab in the city shall first make application to the chief of police for a taxi driver's certificate.

(b) On making application for such certificate each applicant shall pay a fee of ten dollars ($10.00) for administration fee and twenty-five dollars ($25.00) by cashier's check or money order made payable to the State of Alabama (which shall be refunded), along with a release form to the State of Alabama, to obtain a criminal background history from the State of Alabama.

(c) On receiving such application and release form, it shall be the duty of the chief of police, or his designated representative, to cause an investigation to be made of the applicant's character, reputation, driving record, record of arrests and convictions, if any, and to secure such information as may be required to insure compliance with the requirements of this article, including photographing and fingerprinting of the applicant as hereinafter required.

(d) The chief of police may issue a temporary taxi driver's certificate after making a cursory examination of the applicant's qualifications, which temporary certificate shall be valid for a period not exceeding forty-five (45) days. On the completion of the investigation by the chief of police, the chief of police shall either:

      (1) Issue a taxi driver's certificate to the applicant, or

      (2) Refuse to issue such certificate and notify the applicant of the reasons for such refusal.

On the issuance of the taxi driver's certificate, the temporary certificate shall automatically terminate, and the applicant in possession of a taxi driver's certificate issued by the chief of police shall apply to the revenue department of the city for a business license as required in section 7-4.

(e) Any applicant in possession of a temporary driver's certificate may operate taxicabs in the city while the certificate remains unrevoked for a period not exceeding thirty (30) days without first having received a business license from the revenue department. The chief of police is authorized to revoke the temporary certificate at any time, and after revocation, it shall be unlawful for the applicant to further drive a taxicab on the streets of the city.

(f) If any certified driver commits an offense as outlined in section 23-24, which would prohibit such person from receiving a driver's certificate, or if facts are subsequently learned which would have prevented such driver from receiving a driver's certificate, or if such driver fails and refused to comply with the ordinances of the city in regard to the maintenance and operation of taxicabs, the chief of police may order the driver's certificate of such person revoked and, thereafter, it shall be unlawful for such person to further operate a taxicab on the streets of the city.

(g) Any person aggrieved by the action of the chief of police, in refusing to issue a certificate, or in ordering the certificate revoked, may appeal to the governing body by filing notice of such appeal within five (5) days after receiving notification that such person's driver's certificate has been refused or revoked. The governing body may issue a certificate, reissue a certificate, or affirm the decision of the chief of police.

(h) The chief of police shall keep a record of the name, age and address of all persons currently holding a taxi driver's certificate, and if any certified driver changes such person's residence at any time, such person shall notify the chief of such change. The chief of police shall also keep a record reflecting the investigation made of each applicant, including the names of persons who may have certified as to the good character of each certified and licensed taxicab driver.

(Ord. No. 2867, § 1, 1-12-89; Ord. No. 5719, 2-3-98)