TLC approves and promulgates rules for transporting disabled people with rejection by the industry

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LC approved and promulgated the rules for the transportation of the disabled, with the rejection of large sectors of the industry.

The commissioners voted on December 13 in a majority vote that favored the measure, which establishes the contribution of $ 1 for each passenger.

The TLC said that based on section 1043 (b) of the constitution of the city of New York (Charter), promulgated the rules to require all rental bases (FHV), have 25% of their trips to vehicles prepared for wheelchairs.

The agency said the rules are promulgated in accordance with Sections 1043 and 2303 of the constitution and section 19-503 of the New York City Administrative Code that were published in the municipal registry on July 7, 2017 for public knowledge. .

On September 28, 2017, a public hearing on these rules was conducted by the TLC at the New York Marriott Downtown hotel and the rules were adopted by the Commission on December 13, 2017.

The will become effective 30 days later Publication, January 13, 2018.

The TLC says that the purpose is to increase access to the fleet of the agency that is currently more than 110,000 vehicles with a license that according to the authorities, is an important step to make the city a place that is truly accessible to all residents and visitors, including those who use wheelchairs.

In 2014, the FTA created a framework for introducing wheelchair accessible green and yellow taxis in the city's fleet.

The agency said that in order to reach the car rental sector (black car, luxury car and limousine services), which currently transport at least 400,000 passengers each day, the TLC approved an accessible service, a requirement that would put rental vehicles into circulation of wheelchairs (VFH) in circulation and available to passengers who need them.

The Rules

The rules require that all FHV bases dispatch 25% of their trips in accessible wheelchair vehicles, starting with 5% in the first year of implementation, until reaching 25% during the course in five years.

Also give each base the flexibility to put accessible wheelchairs for rental vehicle and perform an annual review of the percentage levels.

The TLC explained that the key to the real accessible service is the availability of the vehicle.

"The vehicles, just do not achieve this goal. In general, they are available for service when they enter into circulation, meaning that they are constantly receiving shipments from a base and between trips, vehicles remain ready, "says the agency.

He adds that if each base is required to send a certain percentage of its trips to vehicles with wheelchair access, these vehicles will be on the route and will be available to pick up passengers who use wheelchairs, but who can not get services today. reliable taxis.

It indicates that for the owners of the bases, the rule would provide significant flexibility. The owners could send wheelchair accessible vehicles both livery and black car, regardless of the base to which they are affiliated, and could transport the disabled in green taxis, in areas where those green vehicles can accept shipments. In addition, TLC will complete this requirement over a period of several years to reach 25% of trips.

They may use the services of other bases by providing the passenger, the name and the license number of both the affiliated base and the dispatch base, clearly identifying all communications with the client and any material or receipt provided to the passenger.