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Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

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, these rules 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 rules also require that Medallion Owners file with TLC a working email address to improve communications between the agency and its licensees. 

 

Finally, the rules 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 previously required 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.  Waivers 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.

 




[1]

§1-17 of the TLC rules, presently codified as §58-35.

[2]

Unlike Taxicabs Owners, TLC rules permit all Owners of SHLs and Liveries, including those leasing their vehicles, to opt for an IVCS in lieu of a partition.

Effective Date: 
Sat, 05/28/2016

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Proposed Rules Content: 

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.

 




[1]

§1-17 of the TLC rules, presently codified as §58-35.

[2]

Unlike Taxicabs Owners, TLC rules permit all Owners of SHLs and Liveries, including those leasing their vehicles, to opt for an IVCS in lieu of a partition.

Subject: 

The Taxi and Limousine Commission is considering changing its rules to allow all Medallion Taxicab Owners to install a TLC-approved In-Vehicle Camera System in lieu of a partition and to require that all Medallion Taxicab Owners file an Email address with the Commission. The Commission is also considering amending its rules regarding when the 496 Accessible Official Taxicab Vehicle waivers may be requested.

Location: 
NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission
33 Beaver St, 19th Floor
New York, NY 10004
Contact: 

212-676-1102 or tlcrules@tlc.nyc.gov

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Proposed Rules Content: 

 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

 

New York State has adopted Vehicle and Traffic Law (VTL) Section 1180-b, effective August 30, 2013, which authorizes the City to establish a demonstration program implementing photo speed violation monitoring systems to record maximum speed limit violations in school speed zones. Subdivision (e) of VTL Section 1180-b authorizes the Parking Violations Bureau (PVB), a division of the New York City Department of Finance (DOF), to promulgate a schedule of fines and penalties for such violations. Subdivision (g) establishes requirements for the notice of liability.  Subdivision (h) authorizes the PVB to adjudicate violations under Section 1180-b. 

 

Speeding violations are often a significant factor in accidents which result in death or injury. Under VTL Section 1180-b, vehicle operators who exceed the speed limit in school zones and who are recorded by a photo speed violation monitoring system will receive a summons for the violation. VTL Section 1180-b enables the City to use technology to improve the safety and quality of life of motorists and pedestrians by reducing speeding in school zones. 

 

The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) will implement the demonstration program.  DOT will maintain the photo speed violation monitoring systems, send notices of liability to motorists, and transmit information relating to violations to DOF.  The proposed amendment establishes penalties for such violations, provides requirements for the notice of liability, and authorizes the PVB to adjudicate allegations of liability.

 

DOF’s authority for the proposed rule is found in sections 389(b) and 1043 of the
New York City Charter and section 1180-b of the Vehicle and Traffic Law.

 

Subject: 

Proposed Amendment to Rules Relating to Photo Speed Violation Monitoring Systems

Location: 
DOF Hearing Room, 3rd Floor
345 Adams St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
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