Grants for Accessible Street Hail Liveries
Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments
Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule
On December 23, 2011 Governor Cuomo signed into law chapter 602 of the Laws of 2011, and on February 17, 2012, signed into law chapter 9 of the Laws of 2012, which amended the previous statute. This legislation allows New York City to issue up to 18,000 transferable licenses to for-hire vehicles authorizing them to pick up passengers by street hail anywhere outside Manhattan (except for the airports) and in Manhattan north of West 110th Street and north of East 96th Street. Up to 6,000 of these licenses for Street Hail Liveries can be issued in the first year of the program. Twenty percent of these licenses will be set aside for wheelchair accessible vehicles. As provided in the legislation, the TLC will make grants totaling up to $54 million available for SHL licensees who plan to purchase, or upfit, a vehicle for use as an Accessible Street Hail Livery.
As it moves forward to implement the program provided for in the legislation, the TLC is proposing rules that will govern the grant program. These rules provide that
· Grants will be limited to $15,000.
· Grants can be used to purchase an accessible vehicle for use as a street hail livery or have a vehicle retrofitted to be accessible.
· Vehicles can be no more than three years old and must have fewer than 30,000 miles on the odometer.
· The vehicle must be:
o A pre-approved purpose-built accessible vehicle, or
o Upfitted as part of a pre-approved package and provided by a pre-approved dealer, or
o Otherwise approved by the TLC
· Grants will be paid in installments over three years.
· The TLC may withhold grant installments if it determines, among other things, that a recipient is no longer operating the vehicle as an Accessible Street Hail Livery.
These rules are authorized by Section 2303 of the Charter and Section 19-503 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York as well as the enabling legislation.