IVCS and 496 Waiver Rule Package
Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments
On January 20, 1994, the Taxi and Limousine Commission (“TLC”) adopted rules requiring the installation of driver safety partitions in Medallion Taxicabs.(1) Since then, the rules have been revised a number of times. Today Medallion Taxicabs are the only class of TLC-licensed vehicles subject to a partition requirement. In contrast, owners of both Street Hail Liveries (“SHLs”) and Liveries, may install either a partition or an In Vehicle Camera Systems (IVCS).(2) The remaining classes of vehicles, including the Black Car sector have no requirement to install either a partition or IVCS.
TLC staff have reviewed recent studies which examined the use of partitions and IVCS in taxis. The studies show that IVCS effectively deter would-be criminals and significantly improve the likelihood that criminals are apprehended and successfully prosecuted. Other studies have also shown that IVCS may decrease incidents of verbal abuse and fare jumping. For these reasons, the proposed rules would allow Owners of Medallion Taxicabs to have the same option as the SHL and Livery sectors of installing either a partition or an IVCS. The TLC will monitor the impact of this rule change to ensure that driver and passenger safety is not affected negatively.
The proposed rules would also require that Medallion Owners file with TLC a working email address to improve communications between the agency and its licensees.
Finally, the proposed rules would allow Medallion Owners to request at any time one of the 496 waivers to hack-up an approved accessible Taxicab vehicle other than the Accessible Official Taxicab Vehicle (“AOTV”). TLC rules currently require that these requests be made at least 120 but no more than 150 days prior to the current vehicle retirement date. Industry stakeholders have requested eliminating this requirement to accommodate those circumstances when a vehicle must be removed from service well in advance of the scheduled retirement date. Medallion Owners receiving these waivers must hack-up their vehicle within 120 days after approval. Waiver not used within the required timeframe will then be returned to the pool of available waivers.
These rules are authorized by Section 2303 of the Charter and Section 19-503 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York.