Suffolk County Department of Labor Commissioner Samuel Chu informs members of the Long Island Limousine Association last night that a new county Taxi and Limousine Commission is set to launch in July. LILA Board member seated at the table, (L-R), Charles Gandolfo (Dynasty Limousine), Paul Cannella, (Concord Limousine Services), Robert Xavier (Legend Limousines), Doug Schwartz (Executive Limousine), and Matt Silver (Ultimate Class Limousines).
LONG ISLAND, NY— Limousine companies based in Suffolk County are one step closer to operate legally throughout the tri-state region as the county is finalizing details to establish a Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC).
During Tuesday night’s Long Island Limousine Association (LILA) meeting, Samuel Chu, commissioner of the Suffolk County Department of Labor, updated members on the new TLC that is scheduled to be up and running by July. Chu said the TLC will have authority to license limousine companies operating in the county, and because of regional reciprocity agreements, will allow operators to do business legally throughout the tri-state region.
The LILA supported establishing the TLC and members applauded the initiative that will soon become a reality this summer.
The TLC will operate under New York’s “Code 498” that regulates interjurisdictional pre-arranged for-hire vehicles, giving Suffolk County operators the ability to do business by having just one license, rather than the current situation where operator need multiple licenses to do business throughout the state.
Chu told members that when the TLC is up and running it will work with operators to make sure they understand the licensing requirements and allow operators some leeway to get licensed and is will work with law enforcement and other county agencies to make sure operator are made aware of the new licensing requirements without initial fines.
— Tom Halligan, LCT East Coast editor