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File #: Int 1080-2016    Version: Name: Fare quotes for black car and luxury limousine service.
Type: Introduction Status: Enacted
Committee: Committee on Transportation
On agenda: 2/24/2016
Enactment date: 4/21/2016 Law number: 2016/049
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to fare quotes for black car and luxury limousine service
Sponsors: Melissa Mark-Viverito, Daniel R. Garodnick, Ydanis A. Rodriguez, Ritchie J. Torres, Carlos Menchaca, Ben Kallos
Council Member Sponsors: 6
Summary: The bill would require black car and luxury limousine services—including dispatch apps—to provide accurate fare estimate to passengers upon request. Passengers could not be charged a fare that is more than twenty percent higher than the estimate. If the price is given as a range, the high-end of the range could not be more than fifty percent higher than the low-end. Services would be required to inform passengers of their right to an accurate fare estimate when the law takes effect. Those in violation of the law would be subject to a penalty of $250 to $500.
Indexes: Agency Rule-making Required
Attachments: 1. Legislative History Report, 2. Summary of Int. No 1080-A, 3. Summary of Int. No. 1080, 4. Int. No. 1080 - 2/24/16, 5. February 24, 2016 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 6. Committee Report 2/29/16, 7. Hearing Testimony 2/29/16, 8. Hearing Transcript 2/29/16, 9. Committee Report 4/6/16, 10. Hearing Transcript 4/6/16, 11. April 7, 2016 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 12. Committee Report - Stated Meeting, 13. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 4-7-16, 14. Int. No. 1080-A - FINAL, 15. Fiscal Impact Statement, 16. Mayor's Letter, 17. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - April 7, 2016, 18. Local Law 49
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Int. No. 1080-A

 

By The Speaker (Council Member Mark-Viverito) and Council Members Garodnick, Rodriguez, Torres, Menchaca and Kallos

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to fare quotes for black car and luxury limousine service

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

Section 1. Section 19-502 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new subdivision z to read as follows:

z. “Dispatch service provider” means an entity licensed by the commission to dispatch, reserve, or refer trips to drivers on behalf of a base station, black car base, or luxury limousine base through a publicly-available, passenger-facing booking tool.

§ 2. Chapter 5 of title 19 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 19-545 to read as follows:

§ 19-545 Fare quotes. a. A black car base or luxury limousine base, or a dispatch service provider operating on behalf of such a base, shall not quote or charge a fare that is more than the fare listed in the rate schedule filed with the commission.

b. 1. Any website, smartphone application, software program accessed through an electronic device, or similar publicly-available, passenger-facing booking tool utilized by a black car base or luxury limousine base, or dispatch service provider operating on behalf of such a base, shall allow prospective passengers to request a fare quote prior to booking transportation; provided, however, that this subdivision shall not apply to trips that are the result of line work. For purposes of this section, “line work” means a type of pre-arranged service provided pursuant to a contract with a black car base in which the dispatch and passenger assignment are completed at the point of pick up by an employee or contractor of either the black car base or the contracting party.

2. Any black car base or luxury limousine base, or dispatch service provider operating on behalf of such a base, that utilizes a booking website, smartphone application, software program accessed through an electronic device, or similar publicly-available, passenger-facing booking tool shall issue a one-time notification to any prospective passengers that accesses such booking website, smartphone application, software program accessed through an electronic device, or similar publicly-available, passenger-facing booking tool of their right to a fare quote pursuant to subdivisions b and c of this section through such website, smartphone application, software program accessed through an electronic device, or similar publicly-available, passenger-facing booking tool, or by electronic mail or text message.

c. 1. If a prospective passenger requests a fare quote, a black car base or luxury limousine base, or dispatch service provider operating on behalf of such a base, such base or entity shall ask such passenger to specify a destination and shall provide an accurate fare quote expressed in dollars and cents for the trip before such passenger books transportation. If such passenger agrees to receive such transportation, such base or entity shall not charge such passenger a fare that is more than 120 percent of the price quoted unless such passenger takes any action to alter the estimated route, including, but not limited to, changing the location of the pick-up, destination, number of stops, or the vehicle type requested, or requests a route change requiring the payment of a toll. Such price quote may be expressed in a range in dollars and cents, provided that the fare charged is not more than 120 percent of the highest price included in such range.

2. If a fare quote is expressed in a range, the higher price in such range shall not be more than 150 percent of such lower price and the fare charged shall not be more than 120 of such higher price. Such higher price may be rounded to the nearest whole number; provided, however, that the price charged pursuant to paragraph 1 of subdivision c shall not be based upon a rounded price.

d. Any black car base or luxury limousine base, or dispatch service provider operating on behalf of such a base, that has been found to have violated any provision of this section shall be subject to a civil penalty of not less than $250 nor more than $500 for each offense; provided, however, that if a passenger was charged a fare in violation of paragraph 1 of subdivision c of this section and requests that such base or entity bring the fare into compliance with such paragraph, such base or entity shall not be in violation of such paragraph if such passenger is refunded the amount of the overcharge within 10 business days of such request.

§ 3. This local law takes effect 120 days after it becomes law, except that the Taxi and Limousine Commission shall take such actions as are necessary for the implementation of this local law, including the promulgation of rules, prior to such date.

 

 

KET 3/30/16 7:09PM

LS 3871/2015, 3944/2015, 4111/2015, 4241/2015, 7263/2016