Vision Zero Rules

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Effective Date: 
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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Statement of Basis and Purpose


On February 18, 2014, Mayor de Blasio launched the Vision Zero action plan – an ambitious plan to reduce traffic fatalities in New York City.Vision Zero accepts no traffic fatality as inevitable. Vision Zero allows government agencies, industry groups, key transportation stakeholders and the public to understand traffic crashes as the result of a series of actions that can be changed or prevented through enforcement, education and design.  In June of 2014, the Mayor signed Local Laws 27, 28 and 30 of 2014 to implement Vision Zero.  Each Law mandates specific requirements for one or more of the agencies involved in directly implementing Vision Zero.


These rules implement the three recently-enacted local laws that provide the TLC with enforcement tools necessary to support Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero goals.  The rules increase the TLC’s ability to remove unsafe TLC-licensed drivers from the street quickly, promoting the safety of passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and other motorists. 


Each new local law supports the Vision Zero goals specifically as follows:

  • Local Law 27 of 2014, known as “Cooper’s Law,” allows the TLC to summarily suspend the license of any driver summonsed or charged with a traffic violation or crime following a crash in which a person has suffered a critical injury or death.  If the driver is convicted of the traffic violation or crime, the TLC driver’s license must be revoked.
  • Local Law 28 of 2014 requires the TLC to review the results of the NYPD’s investigation of any crash involving a TLC licensed driver operating a TLC licensed vehicle that results in death or critical injury.  Additionally, this new law requires the TLC to review the fitness of any driver involved in a crash resulting in death or critical injury and allows the TLC to summarily suspend the driver while the fitness review is pending.
  •  Local Law 30 of 2014 allows the TLC to combine DMV license points assessed against a license under the critical driver program for traffic violations with TLC license points assigned under the persistent violator program for safety violations in determining when a TLC-issued driver’s license must be suspended or revoked.  The law also increases the number of points deducted from a TLC license after a driver completes a point reduction class.

 In addition to implementing the requirements of these newly adopted local laws, the proposed rules will also:

  • count traffic violations that result in critical driver points as of the date of conviction, rather than the date the violation occurred;
  • reduce the number of TLC rules not related to driver or vehicle safety  whose violation results in persistent violator points;
  • increase the fine amounts for violation of certain non-safety related TLC rules;
  • clarify that the category of “named drivers” in the medallion owner and driver rules has been eliminated, and
  • correct the rate of fare for a trip to Newark in the Driver’s rules, to mirror the Owner’s rules.

 These rules are authorized by Section 2303 of the Charter, Section 19-503 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York, and Local Laws 27, 28 and 30 of 2014.


“Shall” and “must” denote mandatory requirements and may be used interchangeably in the rules of this department, unless otherwise specified or unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.


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