City's Taxi Legislation Hitting Road Blocks in the State Senate

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


The city's so-called 5 Borough Taxi Plan that would legalize street hails throughout the city may have to undergo some serious re-working in order to pass the state Senate, according to Senator Martin Golden's chief of staff, Gerry Kassar.

Kassar and others close to the negotiations say stakeholders in the taxi industry have raised many concerns. Among the items at issue:

  • Whether the 50 cent MTA surcharge would apply to the specially permitted livery cars
  • If livery vehicles that accept street hails would create higher insurance costs and jeopardize the reliability of pre-arranged service
  • Whether the city is properly equipped to enforce any new rules
  • If the area in Upper Manhattan where livery street hails would be legal could be reduced to 125th Street on the east side and 157th on the west

Golden and other key lawmakers are continuing to negotiate with the city. If the bill is re-written, it would have to be voted on again in the Assembly, which passed the measure on Tuesday.


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vladimir from Manhattan

How will they enforce this when they cannot enforce the existing restrictions?What will happen at Queens airports? Queens is an outer borough after all. The facts are that the livery drivers will take what they can get an still keep poaching midtown fares plus train and bus station business. This is not a plan but a political surrender.

Jun. 23 2011 10:33 AM

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