The Brick Township council will consider revisions to the township’s taxicab ordinance at a meeting scheduled this week.
The council will considering introducing an ordinance revising sections of the township code governing taxicab licenses and the policies that govern the licenses. The introduced ordinance includes a change of language in the section covering licensing requirements, restructure the section of the ordinance covering the application for a license and add specific language regarding criminal background check requirements and disqualifications for those who have been convicted of a number of criminal offenses.
The new ordinance will also revise the language that references the transfer of a taxicab license as well as the language that sets forth penalties for violations of the township code.
A new section is added to the proposed ordinance that handles suspensions and revocations of taxi licenses. According to that section of the ordinance, a license can be suspended or revoked by the township council if the owner of a license or holder of a permit violates any section of the ordinance, discontinues operation for 30 days or more, or violates any other township ordinances, state or federal laws.
In 2012 and 2013 the council was embroiled in a dispute with New Mantoloking Taxi, which operates from a facility on Mantoloking Road. The council took action to non-renew the company’s license after it failed to comply with zoning laws following orders to remove blacktop from a lot it illegally paved over.
The company ultimately settled its dispute with the township.
The taxi ordinance will only be up for introduction this week; a second vote and public hearing is required before it can be ultimately approved.