FHV Wheelchair Accessibility Rules

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments (View Public Comments Received:2)

Comment By: 
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Statement of Basis and Purpose

Increasing access to the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission’s fleet of over 110,000 licensed vehicles is an important step to make New York City a place that is truly accessible to all of our residents and visitors, including those who use wheelchairs. In 2014 the TLC created a framework to introduce wheelchair accessible green and yellow taxis into the City’s fleet over time. To reach the for-hire vehicle sector (black cars, car services and luxury limousines)—which today transports at least 400,000 passengers each day—the TLC proposes an accessible service requirement that would put wheelchair accessible for-hire vehicles (FHVs) in circulation and available for the passengers who need them.

Specifically the TLC is proposing:


Requiring all FHV bases to dispatch 25% of their trips in wheelchair accessible vehicles


Giving every base the flexibility to dispatch to any wheelchair accessible for hire vehicle

The key to real accessible service is vehicle availability. Licensing wheelchair accessible vehicles alone does not achieve this goal. Generally, vehicles are available for service when they are in circulation. That is, they are steadily getting dispatches from a base and between trips the vehicles remain “at the ready.” That is true for standard vehicles, and it is equally true for accessible vehicles. If, as proposed, each base is required to dispatch a certain percentage of its trips to vehicles that are wheelchair accessible, then these vehicles will be on the road and available to pick up passengers that use wheelchairs who today are unable to get reliable for hire service.

For the base owners, the proposed rule would provide significant flexibility. Base owners would be able to dispatch to wheelchair accessible vehicles from both the livery and black car sectors, regardless of the base to which they are affiliated, and can also dispatch to existing wheelchair accessible green taxis in areas where green taxis are permitted to accept dispatches. Additionally, TLC proposes to phase in this requirement over a period of several years to reach 25% of trips. Availability of wheelchair accessible service is the governing factor in this policy, and the TLC will publicly review and report on actual response times to determine if adjustments to the program need to be made.


The Commission’s authority for these rules is found in section 2303 of the New York City Charter and section 19-503 of the Administrative Code.

Public Hearing

.FHV Wheelchair Accessibility

Public Hearing Date: 
Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 10:00am
Marriott Downtown
85 West Street
New York, NY 10006