Driver Education Rules
Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments (View Public Comments Received:4)
Statement of Basis and Purpose
On February 23, 2012, the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (“TLC”) issued a Request for Proposals (“RFP”) to identify a vendor to provide training, testing, and business education services to current license holders and new applicants seeking to obtain a license to operate a vehicle licensed by the TLC to provide for-hire transportation. The RFP is part of a continuous effort to provide a better customer experience for passengers and to consolidate and improve the TLC’s driver education program.
Prior to the RFP, for a driver to obtain a TLC license, he or she was required to attend and pass a series of approved courses offered by different vendors. To ensure consistency in driver training and that all drivers receive the same information, the RFP created a comprehensive curriculum that will be administered by only one vendor.
These proposed rules amend the rules governing driver education requirements to reflect the terms of the contract and the goals of the RFP. Specifically the proposed rules:
· Add a definition of “Authorized Driver Education Services Provider”.
· Amend the rules to clarify that all courses drivers can or must take must be taken from the Authorized Driver Education Services Provider.
· Reduce the minimum number of hours required for training to reflect the actual number of training hours provided in practice to cover the required curriculum.
· Require all applicants for a Taxicab Driver’s renewal license to take a License Renewal Course.
· Require all new Taxicab Driver’s license applicants to take a Wheelchair Passenger Assistance Training Course.
· Eliminate the required remedial course for persistent violators, as all drivers, not just persistent violators, will be required to take refresher courses at frequent intervals.
These rules are authorized by Section 2303 of the Charter and Sections 19-503 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York.