(A)   No person, firm, corporation or any owner, agent, employee or driver shall operate or permit to be operated a taxicab unless the proper license has been issued to the owner of the vehicle and is in force.
   (B)   The annual license fee shall be $50 per cab and shall be in addition to any fee required by the laws of the state. Each license fee shall be paid to the city and each license shall expire on December 31 of the calendar year in which it is issued.
   (C)   All owners of taxicabs hereby licensed or hereafter granted licenses according to law shall, at the completion of the year for which they are licensed, be entitled to have his or her licenses renewed for each succeeding year upon an application for renewal; provided, the public convenience and necessity still requires the same and the owner or operator of the vehicle has complied with all ordinances of the city.
   (D)   Applications for licenses for taxicabs shall be made in writing to the Mayor and presented by the Mayor to Council for consideration. The application shall set forth the name and address of the owner of the vehicle, the make, seating capacity, age of the vehicle, together with a schedule of rates to be charged for the use of the same. If Council finds that the public convenience and necessity justify the operation of the vehicle, it shall forthwith authorize the Mayor to issue a license upon compliance by the applicant of all other requirements.
(2003 Code, § 112.03)  (Ord. 2771, passed 12-17-1987)  Penalty, see § 10.99