FHV Industry Press Releases
The New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission will be holding a Public Hearing on its proposed accessibility rules on Thursday, September 28, 2017, 10 AM (at 9 AM the Board of Commissioners will vote to enter into Executive Session and resume the Public Hearing at 10 AM), at the New York Downtown Marriott (85 West Street, 2nd Floor, NY, NY 10006).
These rules, as currently written, call for 25% of all jobs to be dispatched to accessible vehicles by the year 2021, via a 5% phase-in beginning in 2018 at a 10% figure, eventually topping off in 2021 at 25%, regardless of whether or not the passenger requested an accessible vehicle be dispatched. If passed as written, these mandates would lead to the mass closure of many NYC bases, as well as the loss of tens of thousands of driver jobs. That's tens of thousands of New Yorkers without their primary sources of income, due to the fact that in order to comply with this TLC rule, they would be forced to purchase new costly, fuel-inefficient, difficult and expensive to maintain accessible vehicles, most likely plunging them into financial ruin.
Uber, Lyft, the BCAC and other industry stakeholders formed a coalition to devise a strategy to counter the TLC proposal with one of its own which would adequately address the accessibility issue without leading to the mass loss of bases and driver jobs. See below to read all about it: