DOT Notice of Adoption-- Traffic Rules Amendment Relating to Horse Drawn Cab Passenger Boarding Areas

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Effective Date: 
Friday, February 15, 2019
The Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) is authorized to promulgate rules regarding parking and traffic operations in the City pursuant to Section 2903(a) of the New York City Charter. The rules that DOT is amending are contained within Chapter 4 of Title 34 of the Rules of the City of New York, relating to its “Traffic Rules.”
As required by section 19-174 of the New York City Administrative Code, the purpose of this rule is to establish horse drawn cab passenger boarding areas. At the request of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the proposed rule designates specific locations for the horse carriage passenger boarding areas in Central Park.  As of June 27, 2018, the Central Park Drives were permanently closed to unauthorized traffic. Limiting boarding of horse drawn cabs to these restricted areas within Central Park will reduce the amount of time that horses spend alongside vehicular traffic, thereby limiting horses’ interaction and potential conflict with vehicular traffic and thus promoting the safety and well-being of the horses, the occupants of horse drawn cabs, and the occupants of motor vehicles.
Specifically, the amendments to the Traffic Rules being proposed are as follows:
•Section 4-01 amends the definition of “horse drawn vehicle” to use the same term (“horse drawn cab”) used in section 19-174 of the New York City Administrative Code.
•Section 4-09(d) is amended to reflect the change from “horse drawn vehicle” to “horse drawn cab.”
•Section 4-11(c)(7) is amended to reflect the change from “horse-drawn carriage” to “horse drawn cab.” 
•Section 4-12(t) is a new subdivision that establishes specific locations for horse carriage passenger boarding areas.
In response to the volume of comments received by DOT relating to the specific features available at each passenger boarding area originally proposed, DOT and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation reviewed, among other things, the slope, shade, and water availability of the proposed sites.
The following changes have been made to the proposed rule, which are reflected in the adopted rules:
•Remove three of the proposed stops: West 67th Roundabout, East 72nd Street Entrance and West 72nd Street Entrance.  
•Add a new horse drawn cab passenger boarding area at the Sixth Avenue Entrance.