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File #: Int 0890-2018    Version: Name: Establishing minimum payments to for-hire vehicle drivers and authorizing the establishment of minimum rates of fare.
Type: Introduction Status: Enacted
Committee: Committee on For-Hire Vehicles
On agenda: 5/9/2018
Enactment date: 8/14/2018 Law number: 2018/150
Title: 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
Sponsors: Brad S. Lander, Costa G. Constantinides, Carlina Rivera , Keith Powers , Margaret S. Chin, Diana Ayala , Stephen T. Levin, Helen K. Rosenthal
Council Member Sponsors: 8
Summary: This bill would require the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) to set minimum payments for for-hire vehicle drivers for trips dispatched by high volume for-hire services. TLC would also be required to study payments for other for-hire vehicle trips and would be authorized to set payments for those trips as well as set minimum rates of fare.
Indexes: Agency Rule-making Required
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 890-B, 2. Summary of Int. No. 890, 3. Int. No. 890, 4. Committee Report 4/30/18, 5. Hearing Testimony 4/30/18, 6. Hearing Transcript 4/30/18, 7. Proposed Int. No. 890-A - 7/27/18, 8. Proposed Int. No. 890-B - 8/1/18, 9. Committee Report 8/8/18, 10. Hearing Testimony 8/8/18, 11. Hearing Transcript 8/8/18, 12. Int. No. 890-B (FINAL), 13. Fiscal Impact Statement, 14. Mayor's Letter
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
8/14/2018BBrad S. Lander City Council Recved from Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/14/2018BBrad S. Lander Mayor Signed Into Law by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/14/2018BBrad S. Lander Mayor Hearing Held by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/8/2018BBrad S. Lander City Council Sent to Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/8/2018BBrad S. Lander City Council Approved by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
8/8/2018*Brad S. Lander Committee on For-Hire Vehicles Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/8/2018*Brad S. Lander Committee on For-Hire Vehicles Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/8/2018*Brad S. Lander Committee on For-Hire Vehicles Amended by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/8/2018BBrad S. Lander Committee on For-Hire Vehicles Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
5/9/2018*Brad S. Lander City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/9/2018*Brad S. Lander City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/30/2018*Brad S. Lander Committee on For-Hire Vehicles Hearing on P-C Item by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/30/2018*Brad S. Lander Committee on For-Hire Vehicles P-C Item Laid Over by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available

Int. No. 890-B

 

By Council Members Lander, Constantinides, Rivera, Powers, Chin, Ayala, Levin and Rosenthal

 

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

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

Section 1. Chapter 5 of title 19 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 19-549 to read as follows:

§ 19-549 Minimum payments to for-hire vehicle drivers and minimum fares. a. Definitions. For purposes of this section, the term “trip” means a transportation service that involves picking up a passenger at a location, and taking and depositing such passenger at a different location requested by such passenger.

b. The commission shall by rule establish a method for determining the minimum payment that must be made to a for-hire vehicle driver for a trip dispatched by a high-volume for-hire service to such driver. In establishing such method, the commission shall, at a minimum, consider the duration and distance of the trip, the expenses of operation to the driver, any applicable vehicle utilization standard, rates of fare and the adequacy of for-hire vehicle driver income considered in relation to for-hire vehicle driver expenses. Such rule promulgated by the commission shall not prevent payments to for-hire vehicle drivers from being calculated on an hourly or weekly basis, or by any other method, provided that the actual payments made to such drivers are no less than the minimum payments determined in accordance with the method established by the commission.

c. The commission shall study payments to for-hire vehicle drivers dispatched by bases other than through high-volume for-hire services for trips dispatched by such bases and may by rule establish a method for determining the minimum payment that must be made to a for-hire vehicle driver for a trip dispatched by any such base.

d. Following completion of the study required by section 19-550, the commission shall determine whether the establishment of minimum rates of fare to be charged by vehicles licensed by the commission would substantially alleviate any of the problems identified in such study. If the commission determines that such minimum rates of fare would have such an effect, the commission is authorized to establish by rule such minimum rates of fare. In setting such minimum rates of fare, the commission may consider the category of vehicle, the type of trip, including trips in which the vehicle is available for the transportation of two or more passengers, the rates of fare for other categories of vehicles carrying passengers for hire, including but not limited to taxicabs, the location of the trip, including trips originating, terminating or passing through the hail exclusionary zone, as defined in section 51-03 of title 35 of the rules of the city of New York, and any other factors the commission determines to be appropriate to achieve their intended result. Such minimum rates of fare shall not include any taxes, fees or surcharges imposed on trips made by vehicles licensed by the commission. The commission shall, on a periodic basis, but not less than once annually, review such minimum rates of fare in order to determine whether any amendment of such minimum rates of fare is warranted or necessary in order for such minimum rates of fare to continue to achieve their intended result. If the commission determines that such an amendment is warranted or necessary, it is hereby authorized, by rule, to promulgate such amendment.

§ 2. This local law takes effect immediately.

 

 

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