MOTOR VEHICLE TAX
For the purposes of this Chapter, the following terms shall have the following meanings:
COMMERCIAL VEHICLE: Shall include motor trucks, tractors, trailers and motor buses, whether or not actually used for commercial purposes, and all motor vehicles used for public hire.
MOTOR BUSES: Shall include all vehicles used or designed for use for carriage of more than seven (7) persons.
MOTOR TRUCKS: Shall include all motor vehicles, including tractor trucks, used or designed to be used to carry goods.
MOTOR VEHICLE: Shall mean every self-propelled device in, upon or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a street, except devices moved by human power or used exclusively on stationary rails or tracks.
PERSON: Shall mean any individual, entity, firm, proprietorship, partnership, association, corporation or organization of any kind.
PLEASURE VEHICLES: Shall include all motor vehicles used or designed to be used to carry not more than seven (7) passengers, and all recreational vehicles, excepting motor bicycles, tricycles and commercial vehicles.
SITUS OR BASE: Shall mean, when applied to a person, the place where that person or business is principally located and, when applied to a motor vehicle, the place where that motor vehicle is principally garaged, or from whence it is principally dispatched, or where its movements usually originate.
TRAILER: Includes every vehicle without motive power designed to carry passengers or property and to be drawn by a motor vehicle.
VEHICLE: Includes every device in, upon or by which any person or property is or may be drawn upon a street except devices moved by human power or used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks. (Ord. 2198, 8-18-1997)
9-5-2: LICENSE REQUIRED:
It shall be unlawful for any person residing in the Village, or for any person having his, her or its situs or base within the Village to park, store, use or operate, or to cause or permit any of his, her or its agents or employees to park, store, use or operate, any motor vehicle within the corporate boundaries of the Village unless that motor vehicle is licensed as provided in this Chapter. In addition, any motor vehicle that has its situs or base within the corporate boundaries of the Village must be licensed as provided in this Chapter. If an application for a State vehicle registration represents that the vehicle is situated in or that the owner resides within the corporate boundaries of the Village that shall be deemed to be proof of these facts for the purposes of this Section. (Ord. 2198, 8-18-1997)
9-5-3: APPLICATION FOR LICENSE:
(A) Any person desiring a motor vehicle license shall file an application with the village manager upon a form to be provided by the village manager. The form must be signed by the applicant and include the applicant's name, address and telephone number, a description and the class of the motor vehicle for which the license is being sought, the motor vehicle's license plate number, and such other information as may be required in order to identify the motor vehicle and to enforce the provisions of this chapter.
(B) The license application period shall commence on May 1 of each year and extend to the following June 30. New residents moving into the village after expiration of the May 1 application period shall have thirty (30) days following physical occupancy of such residence to apply for a license. Residents acquiring a motor vehicle after expiration of the May 1 application period shall have a like period of thirty (30) days following possession of the motor vehicle in which to apply for a license. (Ord. 2198, 8-18-1997)
9-5-4: LEASED AND COMPANY OWNED VEHICLES:
Except as provided in section 9-5-7
of this chapter, a motor vehicle that is not owned by a resident of the village but is a leased or company owned vehicle must be licensed with the village if the lessee or employee that uses the motor vehicle resides within the corporate boundaries of the village. In order to obtain a license, the applicant must show proof of residence, such as a driver's license with a current address indicating that the applicant resides within the corporate boundaries of the village. (Ord. 2198, 8-18-1997; amd. Ord. 2225, 5-4-1998)
9-5-5: ISSUANCE OF LICENSE:
Upon receipt of an application and the applicant's payment of the license fee provided for in this chapter, the village manager shall issue a license to the applicant for the motor vehicle and shall provide the applicant with a suitable license sticker with an adhesive substance on one or both sides. The license sticker shall bear the word "Riverside", the license number, the designation of the class to which the motor vehicle belongs, and the year for which the license is issued. The license sticker shall be affixed to the lower right hand corner of the front windshield of the motor vehicle being licensed, if such motor vehicle has a front windshield; otherwise, the license sticker shall be affixed to the license plate of the motor vehicle being licensed. It shall be unlawful to disfigure, destroy or alter a license sticker in any way. (Ord. 2198, 8-18-1997)
9-5-6: EXPIRATION DATE:
All licenses issued pursuant to this chapter shall expire on June 30 following their issuance. (Ord. 2198, 8-18-1997)
9-5-7: LICENSE FEES:
(A) Regular Fee: The license fee shall be due and payable prior to July 1 of any year. The fees for licenses issued under this chapter shall be as follows: (Ord. 2643, 11-5-2007)
Pleasure vehicles and recreational vehicles:
Motor trucks and commercial vehicles, classified by gross weight including weight of vehicle and weight of maximum bed:
Class C (8,000 pounds or less)
Class T (over 8,000 pounds)
Motorcycles and motorbikes:
(Ord. 2643, 11-5-2007; amd. Ord. 2736, 12-21-2009)
(B) Prorated Fee: If a motor vehicle is purchased or lawfully acquired by the applicant on or after January 1 of any given year, the license fee to be paid shall be equal to one-half (1/2) of the regular fee. Before any applicant shall be entitled to such prorated license fee, the applicant must furnish an affidavit, in a form satisfactory to the village manager, stating that the motor vehicle for which the license is sought was purchased or otherwise lawfully acquired by the applicant on or after January 1 of that year. The applicant must also provide the village manager with a copy of the bill of sale covering the motor vehicle for which the license is sought. (Ord. 2643, 11-5-2007)
(C) Late Fee: In the event a motor vehicle license is not obtained on or before June 30 of the year when due, or as otherwise provided in section 9-5-3 of this chapter, an additional late fee shall be charged in the amount of ten dollars ($10.00) for each month or portion thereof following the due date that transpires before said license is obtained. Applicants for motor vehicles purchased or acquired during June of any given year may purchase a motor vehicle license for the following vehicle sticker year (July 1 to June 30) without any penalty.
(D) Previous Year: In the event a motor vehicle license was not obtained for one or more previous years and such license was required, the village manager shall not issue a motor vehicle license for the current or upcoming year unless the payment accompanying the application for such license includes the amounts owed, including late payment fees set forth in subsection (C) of this section for the previous years' licenses. Total late fees assessed during any single calendar year extending from July 1 to June 30 shall not exceed one hundred ten dollars ($110.00). If license fees and late fees are owed, the village shall collect unpaid late fees and license fee(s) for each of the prior three (3) years.
(E) Limited Amnesty: From February 16, 2010, through March 11, 2010, previous year stickers may be purchased without late payment fees. During this limited amnesty period, late payment fees for the current year sticker shall still be required. As of March 12, 2010, all late payment fees shall be required. (Ord. 2741, 2-15-2010)
9-5-8: SALE, TRANSFER OR ASSIGNMENT OF LICENSED MOTOR VEHICLES:
Any person owning a motor vehicle licensed under this chapter who sells, transfers or assigns the motor vehicle must remove and destroy the license sticker before delivering the motor vehicle to the purchaser or assignee. The license issued for that motor vehicle shall cease to apply to the motor vehicle as of the date of the sale, transfer or assignment. Upon showing to the village manager that the license sticker has been removed from the sold, transferred or assigned vehicle, the village manager may issue, for a fee of five dollars ($5.00), a new tag bearing a new license number which shall apply to and be assigned to any other vehicle of the same class owned by said vendor or transferor. No vehicle license issued for or assigned to any motor vehicle shall ever be used for or attached to a different motor vehicle. (Ord. 2198, 8-18-1997)
9-5-9: DESTRUCTION OF STICKER OR PLATE:
In the event of destruction of any license sticker or plate, the village manager, upon application by the person to whom the sticker or plate was issued, and upon receipt of an affidavit by such person or other satisfactory proof that the license sticker or plate was destroyed, shall issue to the applicant a new license and license sticker for the same year as the license plate or sticker destroyed and for the same vehicle, if such vehicle has not been sold, transferred or assigned. The applicant shall pay a fee of five dollars ($5.00) for this new license and license sticker. If the vehicle originally licensed has been sold, assigned or transferred and the applicant has since acquired another vehicle for which a license is required or desired, the applicant can receive a new license and license sticker as provided in section 9-5-8
of this chapter. (Ord. 2198, 8-18-1997)
Any person found guilty of violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be fined not less than twenty five dollars ($25.00) nor more than seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00) for each offense. Each day in which a violation occurs or continues shall constitute a separate offense. A person charged with violating a provision of this chapter may be issued a violation notice in lieu of the village filing a complaint in court against that person. The violation notice shall be administratively adjudicated pursuant to chapter 6
of this title and the fines and penalties established therein. (Ord. 2198, 8-18-1997)