On April 22, 2013, the contracts for the original Taxi Passenger Enhancement Program (TPEP) expired. Today, the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) names Creative Mobile Technologies LLC (CMT) and VeriFone, Inc. (VeriFone) the first two Authorized TPEP providers, pursuant to Chapter 75 of the TLC Rules.
On December 13, 2012, the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) passed rules to continue the Taxi Passenger Enhancement Program (TPEP) following the expiration of the current contracts with CMT and VeriFone.
Originally, the TPEP contracts with CMT and VeriFone were set to expire on February 15, 2013. These contracts have now been extended to April 22, 2013 at 11:59PM.
The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) today announced that, following a delay due to super-storm Sandy, operators whose vehicles are affiliated with Staten Island For-Hire Vehicle bases will be able to have their vehicles inspected entirely on Staten Island starting April 1, 2013 rather than having to travel to Queens. For-Hire Vehicle owners applying for a new license, renewing their license, or transferring a new vehicle to their existing license
Nissan North America, Inc. and New York City will be piloting six Nissan LEAF all-electric vehicles beginning Spring 2013. These cars will be put into normal taxi service (with an existing taxicab medallion) and will enable Nissan, the City, the taxi industry and the public to learn more about how electric vehicles work as taxis. As part of this pilot, Nissan and partners in New York City will install some of the city's first "quick chargers," which will enable taxi drivers to quickly re-charge their electric taxis mid-shift.
NY is something of an transportation battle ground in recent weeks, while using plans of Mayor Bloomberg's administration allowing livery cabs and limousines to accumulate fares on the sidewalk in the city. The next fall out continues to be significant, with local authorities and yellow cab drivers declaring their outrage at what the proposals would mean for congestion as well as the taxi business in New york city, forcing Mayor Bloomberg to reassess the future of public transport within the city.
The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) recently modified its Owner Must Drive Rules to allow a Medallion owner to designate, under an Independent Medallion Driver Option, an Independent Medallion Driver for a one year period beginning on January 1 of each calendar year. The designation form MUST be submitted to the TLC by November 1 of the current year for the upcoming year (for example, a designation for Calendar Year 2013 must be submitted to the TLC no later than November 1, 2012).
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