Licensing And Regulation of High-Volume For-Hire Transportation Services, New York, New York, 2018

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  • Date Enacted: Aug 8, 2018


The New York City Council passed a suite of legislation regulating large Transportation Network Companies (“High-volume for-hire service,” as defined below) that will, while studying the impacts of TNCs on congestion and the economy (Int 0144-2018), and suspend the issuance of licenses, establish minimum pay standards, and require the TNC companies to provide extensive data, as shown below (Int 0838-2018). Wheelchair-accessible vehicles are exempt from the freeze of license insurance, as well as the license fees (Int 0634-2018).


List of Legislation

Int 0144-2018: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to conducting a study of the impact vehicles for hire have on the city of New York, and authorizing the commission to establish and revise vehicle utilization standards for high-volume for-hire services and to regulate the issuance of new licenses to for-hire vehicles

Int 0634-2018: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the waiver of licensing fees for accessible taxi-cabs and for-hire vehicles.

Int 0838-2018: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to the licensing and regulation of high-volume for-hire transportation services.

Int 0890-2018: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to establishing minimum payments to for-hire vehicle drivers and authorizing the establishment of minimum rates of fare


High-volume for-hire service

The term “high-volume for-hire service” means an individual, partnership, limited liability company, business corporation, sole proprietorship or any combination of one or more individuals, partnerships, limited liability companies, business corporations or sole proprietorship operating under, or in affiliation with, one brand or trade name or a common brand, trade, business or operating name, that offers, facilitates or otherwise connects passengers to for-hire vehicles by prearrangement, including through one or more licensed black car bases, luxury limousine bases or livery base stations, as these terms are defined in section 51-03 of title 35 of the rules of the city of New York, utilizing software that allows a passenger or prospective passenger to arrange for transportation using a passenger-facing booking tool, including a smartphone or other electronic device, and that dispatches, or facilitates the dispatching of, 10,000 or more trips in the city in one day.  Any and all bases using a common brand, trade, business or operating name will be considered together for purposes of determining whether they satisfy the definition of high-volume for-hire service.


Data Requirements Summary (Int 0838-2018)

Commissions, Lease Fees, and Other Charges

Driver Deductions

  • Estimate of the average gross hourly earnings of a driver, based upon actual or anticipated trips and fares
  • Affirms that it will not charge or deduct from any for-hire vehicle owner or driver any charge that has not been filed with the commission.

Rates of fare

Trip Data

  • Date and time such passenger is picked up;
  • Date and time such passenger is dropped off;
  • Total trip mileage;
  • Date and time such trip request was made by a passenger

Revenue Data

  • Itemized fare for each trip including the amount of the fare, any toll, surcharge, commission rate, other deduction and any gratuity and a breakdown of the amount such passenger paid for the trip; and
  • Payment that each driver received for each trip or the hourly rate paid;
  • Total amount of time a vehicle is connected to the electronic platform of a high-volume for-hire service each day;
  • Amount of time spent each day by each vehicle transporting passengers for hire, as well as the time spent each day by such vehicle on the way to a passenger, and time spent by such a vehicle between trips but not on the way to a passenger; and
  • Other information as required by commission.


Updated August 2018

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