CHAPTER 58

MOTOR VEHICLES

REDUCING AMOUNT OF EVIDENCE OF FINANCIAL

RESPONSIBILITY REQUIRED IN OPERATION OF TAXICABS, ETC.

AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 165 OF THE REVISED CODE OF DELAWARE, 1935, AS AMENDED, RELATIVE TO MOTOR VEHICLES, REDUCING AMOUNT OF EVIDENCE OF FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY REQUIRED IN THE OPERATION OF TAXICABS AND REDUCING COST OF LICENSES AND NUMBER OF INSPECTIONS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met:

Section 1. That 5719b. Sec. 181b. of Chapter 165 of the Revised Code of Delaware, 1935, as amended, be and the same is hereby further amended by striking out sub-paragraph (1) and (2) under paragraph (c) thereof and inserting in lieu thereof new paragraphs to be known as (1) and (2) as follows:

(1) If he apply for registration of taxicabs, in the sum of at least Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) for any one person injured or killed and in the sum of Twenty-Five Thousand Dollars ($25,000.00) for any number more than one injured or killed in any one accident and in the sum of Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) for any injury to property in any one accident.

(2) If he apply for the registration of more than one taxicab then in the foregoing sums for one taxicab and Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) additional for each taxicab in excess of one; but it shall be sufficient for the owner to demonstrate his ability to respond in damages in the sum of Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000.00) for any number of taxicabs.

The Department shall cancel the registration of any taxicab whenever the Department ascertains that the owner has failed or is unable to comply with the requirements of this subsection (c).

Section 2. That 5719q. Sec. 181q. of Chapter 165 of the Revised Code of Delaware, 1935, as amended, be and the same is hereby further amended by striking out sub-paragraph (1) under paragraph (b) and inserting in lieu thereof a new subparagraph (1), as follows:

(1) For the registration of each motor vehicle as a taxicab as follows: Eight Dollars ($8.00) for any such motor vehicle having a gross load weight of four thousand (4000) pounds or less; Twelve Dollars ($12.00) for any such motor vehicle having a gross load weight of more than four thousand (4000) pounds. The gross load weight of any motor vehicle covered by this paragraph shall be the weight of the vehicle, exclusive of passengers, as specified in the application.

Section 3. That Section 5719j. Sec. 181j. of Chapter 165 of the Revised Code of Delaware, 1935, as amended, be, and the same is hereby further amended by striking out 5719j. Sec. 181j. thereof, and inserting in lieu thereof a new Section to be known as 5719j. Sec. 181j., as follows:

5719j. Sec. 181j. REGISTRATION:--(a) A taxicab shall be registered for a period of one year and the effective date of any registration shall be considered the first day of the calendar quarter in which the vehicle is registered and the required fees paid.

Approved May 10, 1949.