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TLC limits drivers to 12 hour work days.

Everyone should know of this important rule. There is a current TLC rule set in place that aims to reduce TLC driver fatigue. As many of you know, driving a car, let alone driving one for extended amounts of time, is very tiring and affects a driver’s ability to drive.
 
Earlier this year, there was an extensive scientific review on practices of professional driving fatigue, and the TLC used this study to initiate the limit on the amount of hours per day a driver may work. TLC drivers may not driver more than 12 hours in a 24 hour time period. They also cannot drive 72 hours in a 7 day period in addition to the 12 hour limit in a 24 hour period. 
 
The TLC rule prevents loop holes in drivers avoiding the limits put into place. The first offense holds a $75 fine.The second offense includes a 15 day suspension. Importantly, the restriction does apply to for-hire drivers like Uber. So, all 140,000 drivers licensed by the TLC are included in this regulation. The limit on driving hours goes into effect on November 1st. 
 
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More Women Are Behind the Wheel Driving Cabs in New York City

More and more women are behind the wheel and driving Taxis, Uber and Lyft. With safety not being such a major concern any more, many women are taking on jobs with TLC and e-hailing car services.

Check out the full article here:

More women are behind the wheel – and getting paid.

High crime and dangerous streets have pushed many women out of the industry since the 1970s. But as the city, and services like Uber and Lyft, have beefed up safety measures through new technology, more women are opting into the profession.

Women first became part of New York’s taxi force in the 1940s, according to 2014’s “Taxicab Fact Book.” By the 1970s several thousand women were a part of the city’s yellow taxi fleet, but that figure shrunk to a few hundred by the 1990s, said Allan Fromberg, a spokesman for the Taxi and Limousine Commission.

“There was definitely a mass exit of many female cab drivers in the 1970s due to the wave of crimes,” Fromberg said. “When crime was brought more under control and the city was a significantly safer place, starting in the ’90s, unfortunately women did not come back in those numbers.”

But that’s changing now.

About 349 women were registered as active medallion taxi drivers in 2015, 63 more than 2010, and 1,375 women were working in the for-hire vehicle service industry in the city.

Companies such as Uber and Lyft have made the profession more attractive for women, since they track client information and allow their drivers to make up their own schedule.

“I never thought that I would drive a taxi,” said 53-year-old Bronx resident Adalgisa Sanchez. She started driving with Uber three years ago, after leaving her job as a graphics designer to take care of her daughter. “I didn’t want anybody getting in my car without knowing who they are, and I didn’t want to handle money in my car.”

Uber has about 76,000 women drivers nationwide, about 19% of its fleet. About 30% of Lyft drivers are female.

Women make up about 4% of New York City’s for-hire operators and 1% of medallion drivers.

The flexible scheduling offered by for-hire services has helped make them more attractive for women, especially mothers, compared to working as medallion drivers, who often work set shifts because the vehicle or medallion is shared or rented, according to Bhairavi Desai, founder of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance.

“Most women (medallion) drivers I’ve known through the years tend to be driver-owned vehicle operators because they own the vehicle and have more control (over their schedules),” Desai said. “In the same way that women could organize their schedules or sense of control being in the DOV model, that’s similar to how people would view the Uber model.”

Taxi drivers had the highest number of deaths due to violence compared to any other occupation from 2006-2013, according to data from Bloomberg News. And the Bureau of Labor has classified the profession as one of the most dangerous jobs in the country.

But Fromberg said that the statistics reported by the BLS don’t accurately reflect the industry in New York City. “There is no question in my mind that New York City has skewed the national take on the dangers of being a cab driver.”

Melissa Plaut, a 40-year-old yellow cab driver since 2004, found that being a female cabbie was filled with other pressing concerns outside of the realm of danger.

Plaut who is also a student at Hunter College and the author of “Hack: How I Stopped Worrying About What to Do With My Life and Started Driving a Yellow Cab,” said that the biggest hurdle for her and many other female cabbies was breaking from a shift to use a restroom.

“(It’s) hardest thing about being a female cab driver,” Plaut said.

“Having to look for parking every day and using a restroom somewhere gets expensive. Almost all of the guys I knew circumvented that.”

Photo: AmNY/ Melissa Plaut

Melissa Plaut is the author of “Hack: How I Stopped Worrying About What to Do With My Life and Started Driving a Yellow Cab.”

What you should know about the TLC Critical Driver's Program

If you are a cab or livery driver in New York City, then you are familiar with the TLC’s Critical Driver’s Program. The Critical Driver’s Program is a TLC program that charges additional penalties to a Driver who accumulates a certain number of Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) points on his or her state driver’s license within a certain amount of time due to traffic violations.

If a cab driver accumulates six or more points, but fewer than ten points within 15 months, the TLC will suspend their Taxicab license for 30 days. If a driver accumulates 10 or more points on their license in a 15-month period the TLC will revoke their Taxicab license. This is not to be confused with a DMV suspension.

Drivers are usually given the opportunity to have their points reduced by voluntarily taking ca Defensive Driving course. Before suspending or revoking a Driver’s taxicab license, the Commission will, for purposes of the Critical Driver’s Program deduct three points from the total points. But keep in mind, the point reduction will only count towards points accumulated by the licensee as a result of the conviction for violations that occurred within the 15 months prior to completing the course.

It’s important for all taxicab drivers to be aware of this program. While you may not be subjected to a DMV suspension or revocation, you could lose your job. If you find yourself in this situation you should seek counsel immediately. You can contact us via phone at 212-227-9008 or via email at michaelblock.law@gmail.com

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TLC Lawyer: TLC Illegally Took Away Taxi Cars and Ubers

Illegal car seizures violated drivers’ constitutional rights: judge

Original Article Featured on The New York Post

The city Taxi & Limousine Commission violated ​the constitutional rights of ​​ drivers by illegally seizing their cars, a ​Manhattan ​federal judge ruled ​Thursday.

​The ​TLC ​officers have ​been taking the cars of drivers ​they believed were acting as cabbies​ without a hack’s license​, as well as the cars of Uber drivers suspected of driving outside the scope of their licenses.

The vehicles were held until the owners either plead​ed​ guilty and pa​id a fine or post​ed a bond equal to the highest possible penalty.

​In her ruling, ​Judge Valerie Caproni said grabbing drivers’ cars violated their 14th and Fourth amendment rights to due process ​and freedom from unreasonable seizure.

Five ​car owners sued TLC Commissioner Meera Joshi, Deputy Commissioner Raymond Scanlon and the city last fall after their cars were seized​. They are just a fraction of the up to 8,000 cars the TLC seizes per year.

“It’s a whole scam,” said Uber driver Michael Krepak, whose car was seized at Kennedy Airport last month. “They are doing it to hundreds of people a day and taking advantage of working people.”

TLC officials said they have instructed their officers to immediately stop seizing cars while the agency ponders its next move.

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*Photo Credit: Taxi Driver by Jim Pennucci/Source: Flickr

City Seeks to Limit New For-Hire Cars

Last Tuesday, New York City officials introduced a proposal to limit the number of new for-hire vehicles like the ones employed by Uber. Uber had previously announced its goal to add 10,000 new drivers for the city by the end of this year. The new proposal, however, will limit the amount of drivers that companies like Uber can add to the streets. One reason behind the proposal is the assumption that the 25,000+ vehicles that Uber has already added to the streets of Manhattan since 2011 have caused a rise and worsening in the traffic congestion of the area. The proposal is backed by a study examining the affected traffic, noise, air quality, and public health of NYC. The study is currently undertaken by the Taxi and Limousine Commission which regulates the taxi and car service industry of New York City. Uber has opposed the proposal claiming that the legislation would “stifle innovation”.

496 Uber Cars Seized for Illegal Pickups

The TLC has been cracking down on illegal taxi pickups, and that has resulted in 938 black, livery, and luxury cars taken off the street – with 496 of them being affiliated with Uber. Many of the Uber cars that were seized took part in illegal pickups at JFK, which has been an ongoing problem for the TLC. Unlike yellow taxi cabs, black cars cannot take street hails – pickups must be made through a base dispatch, or in the case of Uber and other companies like Lyft, through smartphone apps.

We want to know: do you think these Uber drivers should have received a summons before their cars were seized? What should happen if they keep making illegal pickups?