For Hire Vehicle Accessibility Pilot, New York, New York, 2018

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  • Date Enacted: Dec 13, 2017


The TLC’s two-year pilot for-hire vehicle bases, which include both traditional black cars and TNCs, requires those companies to provide 5% of their trips in wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAV) from July 1, 2018-June, 2019, incrementally escalating to 25% in July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021.

The background and stated purpose of this pilot is: “In 2014 the TLC created a framework to introduce wheelchair accessible green and yellow taxis into the City’s fleet over time. To reach the for-hire vehicle sector (black cars, car services and luxury limousines), which today transports at least 400,000 passengers each day, the TLC promulgates an accessible service requirement that would put wheelchair accessible for-hire vehicles (FHVs) in circulation and available for the passengers who need them.”

The data requirements for fulfilled trips are:

  • The TLC License number of the vehicle that fulfilled the request, the base to which the vehicle is affiliated, and the driver who fulfilled the request
  • The pickup and drop off locations of the trip
  • The date and time at which the vehicle arrived at the pickup location,
  • The total passenger wait time
  • The date and time at which the passenger left the vehicle at the drop off locationIf the request was not fulfilled:
  • The date, time, and location of the requested pickup
  • The location of the of the requested drop off (if provided)
  • An indicator as to the reason the request was not fulfilled, such as passenger cancellation, passenger no-show, driver cancellation, or no vehicles available.

This enabled by New York City’s T&LC Rule Book §59B17(c)(1). And the general FHV Accessibility rules and info are posted, here.

UPDATE: TNC Response
Black Car/Livery companies and TNCs Uber, Lyft, and Via have both filed lawsuits seeking to block the pilot project.

Updated April 2018

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