The New York Taxi and Limousine Commission voted 7-2 to approve a new plan for outer-borough livery drivers — the last major hurdle before the city can start issuing new licenses so livery drivers can pick up street hails outside of Manhattan.
It was a raucous public hearing ahead of the TLC's vote. Two yellow cab drivers were ejected for shouting. One owner called it "the biggest taking of property ever by New York City."
The topic of street hails is a hot-button issue for some in the yellow cab industry, which filed a suit to block the proposed plan on Wednesday.
The plan would allow 18,000 livery drivers who purchase the new street hail permits to pick up street hails in the outer boroughs and parts of upper Manhattan.
The first 6,000 street hail licenses are scheduled to be sold in June.