Street Hail Livery Color and Paratransit Base Licensing
Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments
Statement of Basis and Purpose of 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 (City subsidies for accessible vehicle purchase/upgrades will be available).
During early 2012, the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) adopted rules to implement this legislation, but they were subsequently stayed during the pendency of litigation, commenced in mid-2012, which challenged the legislation. Following the successful resolution of this litigation, and as it moves forward to implement the program set forth in the legislation and rules, the TLC is amending the rules to:
· Make clear that only Street Hail Liveries may be green so that the public is not confused about which vehicles can be legally hailed outside of central Manhattan.
· Mandate training in wheelchair passenger assistance for all new taxicab drivers, and remove the requirement that taxicab owners pay for such training. These measures will expand the pool of drivers trained and available to drive accessible vehicles.
· Increase Paratransit Base License periods to 3 years, so that Paratransit Bases with SHL Base Permits can have the same license terms as other SHL Bases. For-Hire Bases already enjoy three year terms, as do new SHL Bases. This change will make treatment of the Paratransit Bases, which may purchase SHL Base Permits, consistent with those of For-Hire Bases.
These rules are authorized by Section 2303 of the Charter and Section 19-503 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York.