NEW YORK — A press release sent by the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission said that TLC officers have set a record in January for illegal livery vehicle seizures. The TLC’s Enforcement Bureau reports that it finished the month with 849 seizures. The prior record – 719 seizures – was set in January 1998.
Aside from the fact that illegal liveries poach business from hardworking, legitimate taxicab and livery drivers, these vehicles and their potentially unlicensed drivers pose a serious safety risk to riders who patronize them.
In addition to the $180 tow fee that violators must pay for retrieving their impounded vehicles, fines for illegal livery activity can go as high as $1,500.
“Our officers perform a crucial public service by taking these vehicles off the road and disrupting their illegal activities, and they’re doing it more efficiently every day,” said TLC Commissioner David Yassky in a statement.
Source: New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission