For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
   CRUISING. The driving of a taxicab on the streets of the town in search of, or soliciting prospective passengers for hire.
   CURB TAXICAB STAND TELEPHONE. All telephone installations serving taxicab operators at designated taxicab stands and located upon or within any street or highway of the town.
   DRIVER'S PERMIT. The permit issued by the town, after examination, authorizing a person to drive a taxicab under this chapter.
   FRANCHISE. The license issued by the Town Council to a person who owns one or more motor vehicles or taxicabs to be used for hire and transportation.
   STREETS. Every street, alley or driveway, whether improved or unimproved, which has been dedicated to the public and is under the charge and control of the town or the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
   VEHICLE FOR HIRE or TAXICAB. A motor vehicle regularly engaged in the business of carrying passengers for hire, having a seating capacity of not more than nine persons and not operated on a fixed route.
   WAITING TIME. The time when a taxicab is not in motion from the time of acceptance of a passenger to the time of discharge, but does not include any time that the taxicab is not in motion if due to any cause other than the request, act or fault of a passenger.
(Ord. passed 6-20-94)