The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) approved the first participant in the Vehicle Safety Technology Pilot: IonFleets, Inc.
A Vision Zero initiative, the Vehicle Safety Technology Pilot will test and evaluate the efficacy of black boxes, anti-speeding technologies, driver alert systems, and related analytic software, in promoting safe driving of TLC-regulated vehicles.
The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC), in partnership with Families For Safe Streets, the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) and the New York City Police Department (NYPD), today presented the Vision Zero-inspired 15-minute video feature, “Drive Like Your Family Lives Here.” Among other future uses to come, the video will be integrated into driver training programs for prospective taxi and For-Hire Vehicle drivers, as well as fleet training programs at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS). The video may also be viewed through the TLC’s web site at www.nyc.gov/taxi starting March 31.
The video offers a frank and often emotional glimpse through the eyes of members of five featured families who have lost loved ones to traffic-related tragedies in recent years. These five families were among those attending the launch event, held at the Crosby Street Hotel in Lower Manhattan. The TLC produced the video as part of its ongoing mandate to help bring about an end to traffic fatalities, the principal goal of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero action plan. The TLC is one of three lead agencies tasked with implementing Vision Zero, alongside the NYPD and DOT.
The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) today announced that, following discussions with Nissan North America, it will begin phasing-in the Nissan NV200 – the Taxi of Tomorrow (ToT) -- beginning April 20, 2015. After that date, almost all taxi owners who choose not to buy a hybrid taxi will replace their existing vehicles with the ToT as they reach their normally-scheduled retirement date.
Among the key benefits achieved was a firm commitment to the manufacture of sufficient numbers of wheelchair accessible NV200s to help the City reach its stated goal of 50% wheelchair accessibility by the year 2020, over 7,000 accessible vehicles. Nissan also agreed to lower the vehicle sticker price over the life of the agreement, and end its right to exclusivity over hybrid taxis, which allows the TLC to offer taxi purchasers a variety of choices among an approved list of hybrid-electric vehicles.
Said TLC Commissioner/Chair Meera Joshi, “Passengers have already ridden and drivers have already driven over 8 million miles in the several hundred NV200s on the road today. The feedback from both is overwhelmingly positive. We are pleased to be able to offer this superior riding and driving experience to many more as they are phased-in over several years. And our partnership with Nissan gives us unparalleled and unprecedented input in future model years.”
The owner of a NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) issued Street Hail Livery (SHL) permit is required per TLC Rule 82-15(a) to comply with the New York State Workers Compensation Laws. Per NYS Workers Compensation Law, the owner of a SHL permit must provide full Workers Compensation coverage for any driver who is hired or who leases the vehicle. Proof of coverage, either a current and valid Workers Compensation Insurance Policy or an Exemption Certificate issued by the New York State Workers Compensation Board (WCB), must be provided to the TLC in order to maintain compliance with both New York State Workers Compensation Laws and TLC rules. An owner-operator who drives their vehicle 40 or more hours per week can seek an exemption to the Workers’ Compensation Law requirements. Instructions on how to apply for the exemption can be found on the WCB’s web site: http://www.wcb.ny.gov.
DNAINFO.COM --The City Council passed legislation Thursday to revoke the license of taxi drivers who kill or critically injure a person after being convicted of breaking a traffic law.
"Cooper's Law" was introduced by City Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal in response to the death of 9-year-old Cooper Stock, who was killed in January when a cabdriver failed to yield to him while he was crossing the street with his father.
In order to operate a Street Hail Livery (SHL) vehicle, NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) Rules require that a driver must have a Valid Taxicab Driver’s License (or a Valid Paratransit Driver’s License for Accessible SHLs only) (TLC Rule §54-04.1). The only exception to this rule is for For-Hire Vehicle drivers who currently hold a valid For-Hire Driver’s License that was issued on or before July 1, 2013 and are authorized to drive SHL vehicles (TLC Rule §54-04.2). FHV drivers who do not now have a current and valid FHV license that was issued on or before July 1, 2013 are required to get a Valid Taxicab Driver’s License (or Valid Paratransit Driver’s License, for Accessible SHLs only) if they want to drive an SHL vehicle.
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