Bill S5825-2011

Relates to New York city livery permits and increases the amount of taxicabs designed to foster increased access and mobility to persons with disabilities

Provides for a greater amount of taxicabs serving the city of New York that are designed to foster increased access and mobility to persons with disabilities; and establishes a task force on areas of NYC underserved by medallion taxicabs.

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  • Jun 24, 2011: SUBSTITUTED BY A8496
  • Jun 24, 2011: ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1546
  • Jun 18, 2011: REFERRED TO RULES

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BILL NUMBER:S5825

TITLE OF BILL: An act in relation to livery permits in the city of New York

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To authorize the public sale of taxicab licenses, for-hire hail privilege vehicle permits, and for-hire hail privilege base station permits in New York City.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill is the legislative findings.

Section 2 of the bill authorizes the City of New York to issue 1,500 additional taxicab licenses and requires 569 of those additional licenses to be for accessible taxicabs.

Section 3 of the bill authorizes the City of New York to issue up to 30,000 hail privilege vehicle permits to owners of for-hire vehicles.

Section 4 of the bill authorizes the City of New York to issue up to 450 hail privilege base permits to for-hire vehicle base stations.

Section 5 of the bill establishes a task force on areas of New York City underserved by medallion taxicabs.

Section 6 of the bill is the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: This bill would allow the City to implement a taxi plan that will more effectively service all five boroughs of New York City. The creation of this plan was prompted by two persistent mobility problems: nearly non-existent taxi availability in underserved areas of the City (e.g., boroughs outside Manhattan); and, insufficient taxi supply in Manhattan's central business district.

Taken together,both the issuance of permits for underservcd neighborhoods and of new, unrestricted medallions, as authorized by this legislation, would substantially improve the ability of City residents and visitors, including persons with disabilities, to get where they need to go quickly and easily, without having to own a car, and would make living or traveling to New York City more affordable, sustainable and enjoyable.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the State.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5825 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE June 18, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sen. GOLDEN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules AN ACT in relation to livery permits in the city of New York THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative findings. The legislature finds and declares that the public health, safety and welfare of the residents of the state of New York traveling to, from and within the city of New York is a matter of substantial state concern, which includes access to safe and reliable mass transportation such as taxicabs. The majority of residents and nonresidents of the city of New York do not currently have access to the necessary amount of legal, licensed taxicabs available for street hails when traveling within the city. Improving access to such mass transportation, including taxicabs, furthers this matter of substantial state concern. Additionally, the legislature finds and declares that there should be a greater amount of taxicabs serving the city of New York that are designed to foster increased access, mobility and inde- pendence of persons with disabilities. The health, safety and welfare of these persons with disabilities is placed at risk without adequate and reliable transportation. S 2. The city of New York may, acting by the mayor alone, administra- tively authorize the New York city taxi and limousine commission or its successor agency to issue up to one thousand five hundred taxicab licenses in addition to those already issued, provided, however, that five hundred sixty-nine of such taxicab licenses shall be restricted to vehicles that are accessible to individuals with disabilities, provided further that such additional licenses shall be issued by public sale and shall be fully transferable. The commission or successor thereto shall prescribe by regulation the procedures for the issuance and public sale of such additional licenses, by public auction, sealed bids or other competitive process. Such additional licenses may be issued on or after
July 1, 2012. The authorization provided in this section is conditioned upon the commission making available for issuance the permits authorized pursuant to sections three and four of this act and the establishment of the task force pursuant to section five of this act. S 3. The New York city taxi and limousine commission or successor agency is hereby authorized to issue non-transferable permits to owners of for-hire vehicles, as defined in subdivision g of section 19-502 of the administrative code of the city of New York, allowing such vehicles to pick up passengers by street hail in parts of New York city outside Manhattan, excluding airports, and in Manhattan north of east ninety- sixth street and north of west one hundred tenth street ("hail privilege vehicle permits"), provided that no more than thirty thousand permits shall be held at one time. Such geographic limitations may be extended by such taxi and limousine commission or successor agency, acting pursu- ant to the recommendations of the task force established pursuant to section five of this act. Such hail privilege vehicle permits shall be issued beginning no later than the public sale of the additional taxicab medallions issued pursuant to section two of this act, for a fee in the amount of one thousand five hundred dollars, and shall be valid for three years prior to renewal. Such right to renewal shall be automatic, upon payment of a renewal fee, if the owner is in good standing. Such fee amount may be increased by such taxi and limousine commission or successor agency to account for changes in the United States consumer price index, adjusted for inflation. The initial sale of such hail priv- ilege vehicle permits shall be limited to current owners of for-hire vehicles, as defined by subdivision g of section 19-502 of the adminis- trative code of the city of New York, who have been licensed for at least three years and are in good standing with the New York city taxi and limousine commission. The city of New York, acting through such taxi and limousine commission, is hereby authorized and empowered to take such actions as are necessary and desirable to implement the provisions of this section, subject only to the procedures and limitations set forth in this section, and shall not be required to engage in any review provided for by any provision of law or make or obtain any determination not expressly required by this section. Nothing in this section shall prohibit an owner of a for-hire vehicle as defined by subdivision g of section 19-502 of the administrative code of the city of New York, who possesses a hail privilege vehicle permit pursuant to this section, from accepting prearranged calls from a for-hire vehicle base station estab- lished pursuant to section 19-511 of the administrative code of the city of New York, provided that such owner is separately licensed to do so. Nothing in this section shall prohibit such owner from allowing another driver who meets such taxi and limousine commission's or successor agen- cy's designated standards to use the vehicle and exercise the privileges of the hail privilege vehicle permit. Such taxi and limousine commission or successor agency may by rule govern the equipment of such vehicles with meters and the rates that may be charged for trips in such vehi- cles. S 4. The New York city taxi and limousine commission is hereby author- ized to issue non-transferable permits to for-hire vehicle base stations established pursuant to section 19-511 of the administrative code of the city of New York, allowing such base stations to be affiliated with holders of permits issued pursuant to section three of this act ("hail privilege base permit"), provided that no more than four hundred fifty permits shall be held at one time. Every holder of a hail privilege vehicle permit issued pursuant to section three of this act shall be
affiliated with one such base station. Hail privilege base permits shall be issued to base stations pursuant to this section for a fee in the amount of three thousand dollars, and shall be valid for three years prior to renewal. Such right to renewal shall be automatic, upon payment of a renewal fee, if the base station is in good standing. Such fee amount may be increased by such taxi and limousine commission or succes- sor agency to account for changes in the United States consumer price index, adjusted for inflation. The initial sale of such hail privilege base permits will be limited to existing for-hire vehicle base stations established pursuant to section 19-511 of the administrative code of the city of New York, that have been in operation for at least three years. Such hail privilege base permits shall be issued beginning no later than the public sale of the additional taxicab medallions issued pursuant to section two of this act. The city of New York, acting through such taxi and limousine commission, is hereby authorized and empowered to take such actions as are necessary and desirable to implement the provisions of this section, subject only to the procedures and limitations set forth in this section, and shall not be required to engage in any review provided for by any provision of law or make or obtain any determination not expressly required by this section. S 5. There is established a task force on areas of New York city underserved by medallion taxicabs, consisting of four members to be appointed as follows: one by the mayor of the city of New York, one by the temporary president of the senate, one by the speaker of the assem- bly and one by the speaker of the New York city council. Such task force shall hold public hearings in each of the five boroughs of the city of New York. The task force shall prepare and, no later than two months after the date this act shall take effect, submit to the appointing authorities of such task force a report and recommendations identifying areas of New York city that are underserved by medallion taxicabs, areas that are intensely served by medallion taxicabs and areas that are adequately served by medallion taxicabs. Such task force may also iden- tify up to five locations, including airports, in each of the five boroughs of the city of New York, where for-hire vehicles shall be prohibited from accepting street hail passengers. Such report and recom- mendations must be approved by all of the members of the task force and shall be implemented by rule of such commission, provided, however, that the failure by the task force to present such report and recommendations shall in no way prevent the implementation of any provision of this act. S 6. This act shall take effect immediately.

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