Accessible Official Taxicab Vehicle Exemptions

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Effective Date: 
Sunday, April 26, 2015
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Statement of Basis and Purpose


The Official Taxicab Vehicle activation date is April 20, 2015, as of which Unrestricted Medallion owners may only hack up an OTV, an AOTV or a hybrid vehicle that meets TLC specifications.  The City’s contract with the OTV vendor provides a waiver for up to 496 Unrestricted Medallion owners to buy an approved accessible vehicle other than the AOTV if they wish to or need to purchase an accessible taxi vehicle.  This rule provides a process for Unrestricted Medallion owners to apply to the Chairperson for such waivers.  Exemption applications will be handled on a first come, first served basis.  Only Unrestricted Medallion owners whose vehicles are nearing the vehicle retirement date and who are in good standing (license is current, not suspended, and no fines owed) with the Commission may apply. The waiver is valid for a one time use only.


This rule is authorized by Section 2303 of the Charter and Sections 19-503 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York.


“Shall” and “must” denote mandatory requirements and may be used interchangeably in the rules of this department, unless otherwise specified or unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.


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