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City Document. — No. 7. 



AN ORDINANCE 



KELATIYE TO 



HACKNEY CAMIAGES. 




R X B U R Y : 
L. B. & 0. E. WESTON, PRINTERS, GUILD ROW. 

1862. 



Citg of |l0^6ttrB, 



In Board of Aldermen, May 12, 1862. 
Report accepted, and Ordinance passed to be enrolled. 
Sent down for concurrence. 

JOSEPH W. TUCKER, City Clerk. 



In Common Council, May 12, 1862. 
Read, and on motion of Mr. Shed laid on the table, and fifty copies 
ordered to be printed for the use of the Council. 

JOSHUA SEAVER, Clerk, 



Cits of llo^btttiT. 



In Board of Aldermen, May 12, 1862. 
The Committee to whom the Petition on the Licensing of Carriages 
was referred, have attended to that duty, and beg leave to submit the 
following Ordinance. 

For the Committee, 

J. H. LESTER, Chairman. 



AN ORDINANCE 

RELATIVE TO HACKNEY OARRIAOES. 



Be it ordained by the City Council of the City of 
Roxbury, as follows : 

Section 1. Eveiy stage coach, cab, chariot, coachee, 
barrouche, landau, or other vehicle, whether on wheels 
or runners, drawn by one or more horses or other animal 
power, which shall be used in the City of Eoxbury for the 
conveyance of persons for hire from place to place within 
said city, shall be deemed a hackney carriage within the 
meaning of this Ordinance. 

Sect. 2. No person shall set up, use, or drive in the 
City of Roxbury any hackney carriage for the conveyance 
of persons for hire from place to place within said city, 



without a license for such carriage from the Board of 
Aldermen, under a penalty of not less than five nor more 
than twenty dollars every time such carriage is used. 

Sect. 3. The Board of Aldermen will from time to 
time grant licenses to such persons, being owners or 
lessees of a hackney carriage, and upon such terms as 
they may deem expedient, to set up, use, or drive hackney 
carriages for the conveyance of persons for hire from 
place to place within the city, and they may revoke such 
licenses at their discretion; and a record of all licenses 
so granted shall be kept by the City Marshal. 

Sect. 4. For every license so granted there shall be 
paid to the City Marshal, for the use of the City, the sum 
of one dollar; and he shall pay over the same to the 
City Treasurer. 

Sect. 5. All licenses granted as aforesaid shall expire 
on the first day of July next after the date thereof; and 
no license shall be sold, assigned or transferred, without 
the consent of the Board of Aldermen, endorsed thereon 
by the City Marshal. 

Sect. 6. The person in whose name a license is taken 
out for a hackney carriage, shall for all the purposes of 
this Ordinance be considered as the owner of the same, 
and liable to all forfeitures and penalties herein contained; 
unless upon the sale of the said carriage notice be given 
to the City Marshal and the license delivered to him. 

Sect. 7. Any person who may be licensed as aforesaid 
either as owner or driver of any hackney carriage, who 
shall continue to use any such carriage and shall neglect 
or refuse to take out and pay for his license within thirty 
days after notice that the same has been granted, shall be 
liable to a fine of not less than one dollar and not more 
than twenty dollars for each and every day thereafter that 
he or they shall so refuse or neglect to take out said 
license. 



Sect. 8. Hackney carriages shall be marked and num- 
bered in the manner following, viz. : Every hack, or lan- 
dau, shall be marked on the outside, and upon each side 
on the sill or rocker immediately below the door, with the 
number of the license, with white, gilded, or plated figures 
in the Arabic characters, of not less than one and a half 
inches in size, on a dark ground, or with a dark figure of 
the same kind and size upon a light ground, and no other 
figure or device within four inches of the same. Stage 
coaches shall be numbered in like manner on the top rail 
of the doors. Omnibuses shall be numbered in like man- 
ner on the lower panel of the door. Cabs shall be num- 
bered in like manner on the centre of the top panel of the 
door, immediately below the glass. Every hackney car- 
riage, when driven or used in the night time, shall have 
fixed upon some conspicuous part of the outside thereof 
two lighted lamps, with plain glass fronts and sides, and 
having the number of the license of such hackney carriage 
in figures of at least one and a half inches in size, of the 
like character, painted with black paint upon the sides and 
front of each of said lamps, in such a manner that the same 
may be distinctly seen and known when the same may be 
standing or driving. The name of the owner and driver, 
and the number of the license, together with the rate of 
fare, shall be printed on a card and placed in all hackney 
carriages, in the most conspicuous place, for the informa- 
tion of passengers. And if any owner or driver of any 
hackney carriage shall use, or drive any such carriage, or 
permit the same to be used or driven, without complying 
with the foregoing requisitions, or use, or drive, or permit 
to be used or driven, any such carriage in the night time 
without its lamps being lighted and numbered as aforesaid, 
said owner and driver shall be liable to a fine of not less 
than two nor more than twenty dollars for each offence. 

Sect. 9. No owner or driver of any hackney carriage 



shall use, or suffer such carriage to be used, with any other 
number upon the same than that assign^ed by the Board of 
Aldermen, nor with such number placed on any other part 
of such carriage than that designated in the preceding 
section, under a penalty of not less than five nor more 
than twenty dollars every time such carriage is used. 

Sect. 10. No owner, driver, or other person having 
charge of any licensed hackney carriage, shall leave such 
carriage and horses when harnessed in any street, square, 
lane, alley, or public place, unless in the care of some 
suitable person, under a penalty of not less than one nor 
more than twenty dollars for every such offence. 

Sect. 11. No owner, driver, or other person having 
charge of any hackney carriage, shall stand with such 
carriage in any street, square, lane, alley, or public place 
within the city, to be employed, other than the- stand 
assigned by the Board of Aldermen to such carriage, under 
a penalty of not less than two nor more than twenty 
dollars for each offence. 

Sect. 12. No owner, driver, or other person having 
charge of any hackney carriage, shall stop his carriage 
abreast of any other carriage in any street, square, alley, 
lane, or public place, so as to obstruct the same, or the 
sidewalk, flagstone or crossing thereof, under a penalty of 
not less than two nor more than twenty dollars for each 
offence. 

Sect. 13. Every driver, owner, or other person haying 
charge of any hackney carriage which has a license and a 
stand as aforesaid, shall at all times when driving, or 
waiting for employment, wear a badge on his hat or cap, 
with the number of his carriage thereon, in brass or plated 
figures of not less than one inch and a half in size, and so 
placed that the same may be distinctly seen and read, 
under a penalty of not less than two nor more than twenty 
dollars for each ofience. 



Sect. 14. No hackney carriage used for the conveyance 

of passengers shall be driven by a minor, unless he be 

.specially licensed by the Board of Aldermen, under, a 

penalty of not less than two nor more than twenty dollars 

for each offence. 

Sect. 15. The prices or rates of fare to be taken by 
or paid to the owner, driver, or other person having charge 
of any hackney carriage, except omnibuses and hacks, shall 
be as follows, that is to say, for carrying one or more 
adult passengers from one place to another within the 
city proper thirty cents, except between the hours of eleven 
o'clock P. M. and five o'clock A. M., when the rate of fare 
shall be fifty cents each. The prices or rates of fare to 
be taken by or paid to the owner, or driver, or other per- 
son having charge of any hack, shall be as follows : for 
carrying one or more adult passengers from one place to 
another within the city proper thirty-five cents, except 
between the hours of eleven P. M. and five o'clock A. M., 
■when the rate of fare shall be fifty cents each ; for children 
between four and twelve years of age one half of the 
above sums, and for children under four years of age, when 
accompanied by an adult, no charge is to be made. Every 
owner, driver, or other person having charge of any hack- 
ney carriage, shall carry with each passenger, in addition 
to one trunk, a valise, a saddle-bag, carpet-bag, portman- 
teau, box, bundle, basket, or other article used in travelling, 
if he be requested so to do, without charge or compensa- 
tion therefor ; but for every additional trunk or other such 
article as the above named more than one, he shall be 
entitled to demand and receive the sum of five cents. No 
owner, driver, or other person having charge of a hackney 
carriage or hack, shall demand or receive from any passen- 
ger any higher or greater price or rate of fare than that 
established by this section, under a penalty of not less 



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than ten nor more than twenty dollars for each offence, and 
he shall forfeit his license. 

Sect. 16. Any Ordinance and parts of any Ordinance 
inconsistent herewith are hereby repealed; and this Ordi- 
nance shall take effect from and after its passage and 
publication according to law in such cases made and 
provided.