Clock Ticking Down For Bloomberg Administration's Taxi Plan

Monday, December 05, 2011

New York City yellow taxi, cab, SUV taxi (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

The clock is ticking on legislation that the Bloomberg administration promised would improve taxi service in the five boroughs and generate city revenue.

The state legislature passed the bill last summer. But the plan to allow up to 30,000 specially marked livery cars to accept street hails in Upper Manhattan and the outer boroughs kicked up more than a little controversy. Yellow medallion fleet owners argued a new class of taxi would threaten the value of their pricey medallions. Some livery bases that rely on pre-arranged calls worried that allowing livery drivers to legally accept street hails would undermine their business model. And disabled groups said the bill didn't include enough accessibility.

After the legislation's initial approval, State Senator Martin Golden, who was the bill’s original sponsor, said he signed onto the bill too fast, without understanding the repercussions. Golden said one of the issues is the number of proposed livery permits that could be available is too high.

Last month, Governor Andrew Cuomo's office convened a summit with key players to try to hash out a revised plan.

As the deadline nears, stakeholders are either attempting to broker a deal—or hoping that the plan simply dies on the vine. Governor Cuomo hasn’t said what he'll do if the bill lands on his desk by December 31.

Changes in the bill could come during a special session of the legislature as early as this week.

If it becomes law, at least one opponent has promised to file a lawsuit to block any changes in court.


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Comments [2]


I'm a taxi driver, this is a bad idea, this will only cause job loses for dispatcher, unneccesary roaming of drivers, and pollution. Cabs and car services are already pretty cheap, even though there is such high overhead costs of insurance, fuel, leases, licensing, and government regulations. Most of the riding public doesn't take those issues into account, and they don't really care. They just want a cheap ride close to nothing. The taxi industry is not sustainable at the prices the general public would like it to be. Want lower fares ???, then drastically reduce our overhead costs and government regulations.

Dec. 06 2011 05:30 PM
Fred from Brooklyn

This is a bad idea: this will cause hundreds of livery cars, which now sit parked until called, to cruise, congesting often-narrow Brooklyn streets, wasting fuel and polluting the air. Also, if they take a fare into Manhattan, what will prevent them from cruising there as well, even though it would be illegal? How many more taxi inspectors will have to be hired to enforce this rule? Should taxi inspectors be hired before teachers or cops????

Dec. 06 2011 11:11 AM

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