NY TLC Collects Only Half The Fines It Issues

Posted on June 9, 2010 by LCT Staff - Also by this author - About the author

Too many unlicensed drivers and legal loopholes result in hobbled enforcement by the city’s regulating agency of for-hire transportation.

NEW YORK CITY — The Taxi & Limousine Commission has collected only half the fines it handed out over the last six years -- partly because a gaping loophole in the law protects many deadbeat drivers, The New York Post has learned.

Records provided by the agency show it took in just $11.9 million of the $23.2 million in summonses issued since July 1, 2004.

Officials said at least $5.75 million wasn't entered onto the court dockets because the law doesn't allow the TLC to pursue licensed cabbies once they surrender or lose their licenses.

"We have not had the authority to go after these debtors in the full way we'd like to," said newly named taxi chief David Yassky, adding that he is seeking state legislation to remedy that astonishing oversight.


Source: The New York Post

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