The Voice of the NYC Transportation Industry Current Issue
Wait Is Over ! TLC Votes For Fare Increase
All New York City taxi drivers finally have a reason to cheer out loud. The long awaited and well-deserved rate-of-fare increase was approved after over 5 hours of public testimony at Taxi & Limousine headquarters. The main public-hearing room filled up early with close to 100 people so an additional room was needed to accommodate an additional 50 people. Speaker after speaker, advocate after advocate, driver after driver testified in front of the commission on a variety of subjects proposed.
main points of the rate increase proposal were the focal points of many
speakers; losing the 50 cent evening surcharge and keeping the waiting
time at $12 per hour. Speakers reasoned that eliminating the 50-cent evening
surcharge was equal to a decrease not an increase. (Public complaints
about the unavailability of taxis during rush hour moved the TLC to propose
a congestion pricing $1 surcharge from 4pm to 8pm.) Also mentioned by
some speakers was a request to add a morning rush-hour surcharge. The
zero increase from 90 seconds (30 cents) to 120 seconds (40 cents) in
the waiting time was discussed by a number of drivers. A number of drivers
wanted the lease cap to either remain the same or be lowered while others
spoke about a fair distribution of the additional income to cover expenses.
INITIAL DROP: $2.50
JFK FLAT RATE: $45.00
This above proposed rate of fare rule was voted on and passed unanimously. The first week in May the meter shops will start to recalibrate every taximeter in the city of New York with these new, approved rates. It is a victory for drivers. Congratulations drivers!