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The Taxi and Limousine Commission has stepped up enforcement against unlicensed cab drivers. Incidents of fines against cabs drivers believed to be operating illegally at New York airports has increased by 170% over the past two years. Squads patrolling the airports issued 471 tickets in April 2015.
The TLC has increased squads at airports to stop the illegal airport cabs. Some cab companies are not allowed to pick up potential passengers hailing a cab on the street, but many drivers break this rule. The TLC crack-down is making rule breaking more expensive for cab drivers. The executive director the Committee for Taxi Safety has spoken out against the violators, suggesting that repeated offenses should be made a felony, according to the New York Post. Unlicensed operations are considered a threat to public safety. These hacks also undermine legitimate cab companies, breaking the law to take fares away from operations who follow the rules.
The more aggressive enforcement of the law at airports sends a strong message to the unlicensed operations that their tactics won't be tolerated. The fines hit these hacks where it counts, in the wallet, a fitting way to deal with violators who dupe the public and cut into the revenue of law-abiding taxi operations.
In April 2013, suspected illegal operations received 171 summons from the TLC. The sharp increase in 2014 and continued increase in 2015 makes it clear that the TLC considers stopping the unlicensed cabs from operating at airports a priority. The tickets went up by 150% in 2014 and another 20% in 2015. It's getting harder to operate cabs illegally at New York airports and that's the way the TLC wants it.
Cab drivers hustling for airport fares illegally include known companies as well as unknown hustlers. Yellow Cab points to Uber as a rule-breaker, as does executive director of the Committee for Taxi Safety. More visible law-enforcement at airports and the more frequent fines should deter illegal hacks from working New York's airports. This will improve customer safety. Making taxi companies accountable for following the law makes for a better transportation experience for New York's residents and visitors.
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To inform and help protect independent vehicle operators and their passengers, we have developed and implemented a set of COVID-19 response measures compliant with The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) recommendations.
As of April 17, 2020, New York State requires all TLC drivers and passengers to wear face coverings while riding together. Independent vehicle operators are required to wear a face covering, such as a facemask, bandana, or a scarf that cover mouth and nose when transporting passengers, or when otherwise within 6 feet of customers or others. Passengers are asked to wear a face covering before entering vehicles and during their entire ride.
We require independent vehicle operators to sanitize their vehicles before the start of each shift. Independent vehicle operators must also clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces after the completion of each trip. When cleaning and disinfecting, individuals must wear disposable gloves and PPE, compatible with the cleaning products being used. Vehicles must be thoroughly ventilated during and after the cleaning process. All gloves and any other disposable PPE used for cleaning and disinfecting the vehicles must be removed and disposed of after cleaning.
Interior surfaces that must be disinfected include: seat cushions, arm rests, door handles, window buttons, buckles and seatbelts, light and air controls, doors and windows, and grab handles. Frequently touched electronic surfaces, such as tablets or touch screens used in the vehicles must also be cleaned and disinfected. Special attention must be paid to surfaces and objects that are touched often by passengers. Surfaces that are frequently touched by the driver, such as the steering wheel, radio buttons, turn indicators and cup holders, must also be disinfected at regular intervals.
Independent vehicle operators must carry cleaning and disinfectant sprays and/or disposable wipes and disposal trash bags with them in their vehicles.
We educate independent vehicle operators about where to find accurate information about COVID-19, its symptoms, and how it spreads. We actively encourage sick independent vehicle operators to stay home. We also encourage the use of and provide assistance in acquiring hand sanitizer and disposable wipes and cleaning products.
As an important infection control measure, we require independent vehicle operators to practice regular hand hygiene. The times on the job to clean hands include:
Most independent vehicles are carrying partitions between driver and passengers for your safety.
At this time, we restrict independent vehicle operators from providing pooled rides or picking up multiple passengers who would not otherwise be riding together on the same route. Passengers should only be allowed to sit in the back seat.
We also encourage use of the vehicles' vents and/or lower the vehicle windows to bring in fresh outside air instead of using the recirculated air option for the car’s ventilation during passenger transport.
We ask independent vehicle operators to open and close trunks and doors for their passengers. Passengers should be asked to handle their own personal bags and belongings during pick-up and drop-off.
We prioritize contactless transactions that limit or eliminate close contact and the sharing of items such as pens and electronic signature pads between independent vehicle operators and passengers.
For the safety of passengers, no items such as water bottles or magazines should be provided.
We routinely conduct unannounced field checks to monitor compliance with our COVID-19 response measures. We discontinue service to our customers by independent vehicle operators found to not comply with our guidelines.