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STATEMENT OF BASIS AND PURPOSE OF RULES

The Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) prohibits street hail liveries (SHLs) from picking up hails in the “exclusionary zone,” which includes Manhattan south of West 110th Street and East 96th Street.  To enforce this requirement, TLC rules require that, among other things, SHL roof lights automatically turn off in the exclusionary zone to indicate to the public that SHLs are not available for street hails. SHL drivers, however, can skirt this requirement because of a design feature in the vehicle technology system. 

Roof lights in SHLs, as well as in yellow taxis, are controlled by the taximeter inside the car, which calculates fares.  When the taximeter is off, the roof light is on, signaling that the driver is on duty and available for a hail; when the taximeter is on, the roof light is off, signaling that the driver is unavailable.  

While the taximeter can be detached from its bracket, in part to protect against theft while off duty, tampering with the taximeter, including detaching it from the bracket while on duty, is prohibited.  However, when the vehicle is in operation and the taximeter is detached, the roof light automatically illuminates. According to complaints made to the TLC, some SHL drivers have detached the taximeter in the Manhattan exclusionary zone to illuminate the roof light and then accepted passengers who mistakenly believe that they are available to make a legal pick up. 

This rule would prevent this type of abuse by requiring that SHL roof lights must be unlighted when the taximeter is detached from the vehicle.

This rule is authorized by Section 2303 of the New York Charter and Section 19-503 of the Administrative Code. 

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Effective Date: 
Sun, 04/26/2015

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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 any shade of apple 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.

Effective Date: 
Wed, 11/27/2013

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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.  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 has adopted 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:
    • A pre-approved purpose-built accessible vehicle, or
    • Upfitted as part of a pre-approved package and provided by a pre-approved dealer, or
    • Otherwise approved by the TLC
  • The TLC may require repayment of either the full grant amount, or a pro rata portion, if it determines, among other things, that a recipient is no longer operating the vehicle as an Accessible Street Hail Livery.  
Effective Date: 
Sat, 11/30/2013

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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

 

·         Update certain dates in the original rules to account for the passage of time Eliminate unneeded definitions

·         Correct some penalties to reflect recently enacted local laws.

 

These rules are authorized by Section 2303 of the Charter and Section 19-503 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York.

 

 

Effective Date: 
Sun, 10/20/2013

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Friday, October 11, 2013
Proposed Rules Content: 

 

 

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.

 

 

Subject: 

The Taxi and Limousine Commission is considering changing its rules. The change would amend the TLC’s Rules for For-Hire Vehicles.

Location: 
Commission’s Public Hearing Room
33 Beaver St, 19th Floor
New York, NY 10004
Contact: 

Taxi and Limousine Commission, Office of Legal Affairs
33 Beaver Street – 22nd Floor,
New York, New York 10004
212-676-1102
tlcrules@tlc.nyc.gov
www.nyc.gov/nycrules

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
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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 (the “Act”), 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).

 

These proposed rules implement the Act by modifying requirements for the Livery Passenger Enhancement Program (“LPEP”), equipment required to be present in Street Hail Liveries. They reflect the Commission’s experience with recently promulgated rules regarding the similar Taxicab Passenger Enhancement Program (TPEP) equipment contained in taxicabs.

 

 

The proposed amendments to Chapter 83 make the following changes and clarifications:

 

  • Changes to Acceptance Testing requirements.
  • Changes to insurance documentation required
  • Changes to reporting requirements
  • Changes to notice requirements.
  • Clarify the LPEP Provider’s responsibility for the acts of employees and agents.
  • Changes to information required to be displayed on the passenger information monitor.
  • Changes to advertising requirements relating to commercial advertising on the passenger information monitor.
  • Changes to the technical text messaging and Trip Data requirements to align them with the more recently passed TPEP rule.
  • Clarifications to driver log in requirements.
  • Addition of accessibility features

 

The Commission’s authority for this rule-making is found in the Act and Section 2300 of the NYC Charter and Section 19-503 of the NYC Administrative Code.

 

 

 

Subject: 

The Taxi and Limousine Commission is considering changing its rules. The change would amend Chapter 83 (Licensing & Rules for Street Hail Livery Technology System Providers) to make certain technical and substantive changes that ensure the consistency and practicability of the Street Hail Livery Technology System (LPEP) Provider rules.

Location: 
Hearing Room
33 Beaver Street, 22nd Floor
New York, NY 10004
Contact: 

Taxi and Limousine Commission, Office of Legal Affairs,
33 Beaver Street – 22nd Floor,
New York, New York 10004

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Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

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Comment By: 
Monday, April 9, 2012
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