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File #: Int 1646-2017    Version: Name: Gratuity for for-hire vehicles.
Type: Introduction Status: Enacted
Committee: Committee on Transportation
On agenda: 6/6/2017
Enactment date: 8/8/2017 Law number: 2017/135
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to gratuity for for-hire vehicles
Sponsors: Ydanis A. Rodriguez, Rafael L. Espinal, Jr., Margaret S. Chin, Brad S. Lander, Carlos Menchaca, Rafael Salamanca, Jr., Helen K. Rosenthal, Daniel Dromm , Deborah L. Rose, David G. Greenfield, Ben Kallos, The Public Advocate (Ms. James)
Council Member Sponsors: 12
Summary: This bill would require for-hire vehicle bases to provide a means to allow passengers to provide drivers with a tip (gratuity) using the same method of payment passengers use to pay for the fare. This bill would also require that if a for-hire vehicle base allows passengers to book and pay for a trip through a website, smartphone application, or any other passenger-facing booking tool, such website, smartphone application, or passenger-facing booking tool must provide passengers with preset tip options that include at least one option that is at least 20% of the fare, and would permit passengers to manually enter another tip amount or percentage at their discretion. A for-hire vehicle base would be required to remit to the driver the entirety of anything designated as a tip. Finally, the bill would impose a civil penalty of not less than $250 and up to $500 for each violation.
Indexes: Agency Rule-making Required
Attachments: 1. Legislative History Report, 2. Summary of Int. No. 1646-A, 3. Summary of Int. No. 1646, 4. Int. No. 1646, 5. June 6, 2017 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 6. Committee Report 6/22/17, 7. Hearing Testimony 6/22/17, 8. Hearing Transcript 6/22/17, 9. Proposed Int. No. 1646-A - 7/26/17, 10. Committee Report 7/19/17, 11. Hearing Transcript 7/19/17, 12. Fiscal Impact Statement, 13. July 20, 2017 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 14. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 7-20-17, 15. Int. No. 1646-A (FINAL), 16. Mayor's Letter, 17. Local Law 135, 18. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - July 20, 2017
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8/9/2017AYdanis A. Rodriguez City Council Recved from Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/8/2017AYdanis A. Rodriguez Mayor Signed Into Law by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/8/2017AYdanis A. Rodriguez Mayor Hearing Held by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
7/20/2017AYdanis A. Rodriguez City Council Sent to Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
7/20/2017AYdanis A. Rodriguez City Council Approved by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
7/19/2017*Ydanis A. Rodriguez Committee on Transportation Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
7/19/2017*Ydanis A. Rodriguez Committee on Transportation Amended by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
7/19/2017AYdanis A. Rodriguez Committee on Transportation Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
7/19/2017*Ydanis A. Rodriguez Committee on Transportation Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/22/2017*Ydanis A. Rodriguez Committee on Transportation Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/22/2017*Ydanis A. Rodriguez Committee on Transportation Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/6/2017*Ydanis A. Rodriguez City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/6/2017*Ydanis A. Rodriguez City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available

Int. No. 1646-A

 

By Council Members Rodriguez, Espinal, Chin, Lander, Menchaca, Salamanca, Rosenthal, Dromm, Rose, Greenfield, Kallos and the Public Advocate (Ms. James)

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to gratuity for for-hire vehicles

 

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 19-547 to read as follows:

§ 19-547 Gratuity. a. Any for-hire vehicle base, or dispatch service provider operating on behalf of such a base, shall provide a means to allow passengers to provide drivers with a gratuity using the same method of payment passengers use to pay for the fare. If a for-hire vehicle base, or dispatch service provider operating on behalf of such a base, allows passengers to book and pay for a trip through a website, smartphone application, or any other passenger-facing booking tool, such website, smartphone application, or passenger-facing booking tool must provide passengers with preset gratuity options set according to the for-hire vehicle base’s discretion, but that include at least one option that is at least 20 percent of the fare, and permit passengers to manually enter another gratuity amount or percentage at the passengers’ option. A for-hire vehicle base must remit to the driver the entirety of anything designated as a gratuity collected by such base from the passenger on behalf of the driver.

b. Any for-hire vehicle 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.

§ 2. This local law takes effect 90 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.

 

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