NEW YORK — New York City Taxi and Limousine Commissioner (TLC) Matthew Daus sent a letter on May 13 to the counsel for Avis requesting Avis’ position about its intent to continue to operate the Avis/WeDriveU service in New York City given the recent ruling by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) that concludes WeDriveU violates its Authority permits.
The TLC has been approached by limousine associations in New York and New Jersey to render a position on the legality of the Avis/WeDriveU program operating in New York City. The Avis model is not accounted for under current TLC rules. However, it is anticipated that the response from Avis may render the issue moot if Avis decides not to continue to operate a limited service without servicing the airports and ports.
The ruling by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is a major victory for the limousine industry, but falls shy of eliminating the Avis model entirely. The Limousine Association of New Jersey is working on legislation that would change the language of the limo law in the state and would require that the Avis model be governed under the same rules and regulations to which limousine operators must adhere.
To date, Commissioner Daus has not received a response from Avis.
In recent months, aggressive awareness and organizing by the NLA and other industry associations have prompted government agencies to declare Avis chauffeured operations illegal in Miami-Dade, Houston, and the major New York metro area airports and seaports governed by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Operators in Phoenix and Atlanta also have successfully prevailed in their efforts against Avis.
Source: Linda Moore, LCT Magazine