Drivers Demand Path to Ownership

Taxi and Limousine Commission

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Tens of thousands of New York’s Taxi and Limousine Commission drivers are stuck renting or leasing their work vehicles from large, exploitative fleet companies as a result of the city’s for-hire vehicle cap. We urge the Taxi and Limousine Commission to stop licensing vehicles to big fleet owners and instead give individual drivers a right to own.

Drivers deserve the right to own their own vehicle, including electric and wheelchair-accessible vehicles. All TLC drivers who have been driving for at least two years should be exempt from the pause on licensing for-hire vehicles.

Renting or leasing a for-hire vehicle costs more than $20,000 per year. It is much more costly than owning. For low-income for-hire vehicle drivers who are already struggling to make ends meet and support their families, that is a heavy cost. We are demanding a right to own our own vehicles.

New York leaders say they stand with workers, they stand with immigrants, yet they have allowed this policy to keep thousands of low-income, largely immigrant workers beholden to large fleet owners with exploitative practices. If you stand with workers and immigrants, then you must give us a right to own.

Complete this form to tell TLC you deserve the right to own your vehicle.