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NELA To Fight New York City TLC's Intrastate Enforcement

Posted on March 26, 2014 by Tom Halligan - Also by this author - About the author

With limousines being impounded, chauffeurs fined some $2,000, and clients’ left abandoned curbside, the New England Livery Association (NELA) is fighting the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission's (TLC) enforcement of a questionable intrastate rule on operators from out of state.

NELA CEO Rick Szilagyi has been working with TLC Commissioner Jeffrey Hunt to rectify the situation in which chauffeurs from Connecticut are being stopped by TLC officers and charged with conducting un-licensed intrastate business, when in fact chauffeurs are conducting legitimate interstate business, Szilagyi said.

During a round of recent phone conversations with Hunt, Szilagyi said the commissioner agreed that “intermediate stops” occurring in the city was legal. The confusion stems from TLC enforcement officers who stop out-of-state drivers doing legal interstate work, but the officers focus on driver manifests that record point-to-point intrastate jobs within the city during that same client’s booking.

Szilagyi also has been meeting and updating Connecticut legislators and state Department of Transportation officials on the TLC actions ton garner their support to rectify the situation that cover five key issues:

  • Non-New York City operators, who are licensed to perform Interstate commerce, should not be found in violation when they leave their base of operation, pick up a client in New York City, and bring the client to their home base state.
  •  Non-New York City operators, who are licensed to perform interstate commerce, should not be found in violation when they pick up a client in their state, and then drop off that client in the city.
  • Non-New York City operators, who are licensed to perform I\interstate commerce, should not be found in violation when a job includes a “wait-and-return” in the city, as long as the job originated in or terminates in their home state.
  • Non-New York City operators, who are licensed to perform interstate commerce, should not be found in violation when a job includes one or more “intermediate stops” in the city, as long as the job originated in or terminates in their home state.
  • And finally, Szilagyi added, there have been occasions when a stop and review by TLC officers has taken up to 50 minutes. “We support the TLC’s right to stop any livery vehicle it wants, but we feel it is not necessary for it to take this inordinate amount of time,” he said.

 — Tom Halligan, LCT East Cost Editor

 

 

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