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(A) Each act of violation and every day upon which any such violation shall occur shall constitute a separate offense. The city may enjoin or abate any violation of this chapter by appropriate action. In addition to the penalty set forth in § 10.99 of this code of ordinances, if the court finds for the city, the city shall recover its costs of suit including reasonable experts fees, attorney fees, and necessary investigative costs.
(B) The Police Department is hereby authorized to seize or immobilize any taxicab located within the city operating without a valid taxicab vehicle license. Upon such seizure or immobilization, the Police Department shall notify the owner of the vehicle of such seizure, the reason therefor, and of the place to which such vehicle has been removed or immobilized. The Police Department shall order the holding of any such vehicle for a period of not less than ten days from the date of the required notification to the owner. During this period the owner may redeem any such vehicle by correcting the violation of this chapter which led to such seizure or by providing satisfactory evidence of his ability or intent to correct the violation. Any taxicab which is impounded or immobilized and which is not redeemed within 30 days of the date of notification as described in this section shall become the property of the city. Cost for towing and storage charges will be billed to the owner of the taxicab seized and must be paid before the release of the vehicle to the owner who shall be responsible for removing the vehicle from storage. The city will be held harmless for any damage occurring during the act of confiscation, transportation, storage, and/or immobilization of each vehicle.
(C) If, in the judgment of a police officer, a taxicab is unsafe for public transportation, due to a violation of R.S.A. Ch. 266, the officer may order the vehicle to be taken off the road and confiscate and hold the vehicle license and medallion, until the circumstances which led to the confiscation are corrected.
(Ord. passed 4-4-95; Am. Ord. passed 10-3-00)