Hello everybody… This month, I want to talk about rules that can cause negative consequences for drivers. In other words, how can the TLC effectively punish its regulated drivers in the name of the law? What gives them the authority?

Many drivers contact me and want to know how to tell if a particular ticket they received carries points and what the financial penalty is if the ticket does not have the amount listed on it (often just to make sure it’s the correct fine amount).

The Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC) was created by the New York City Charter. Chapter 65 sections 2300 and 2303 set out the power of the TLC. The New York City Administrative Code Title 19 sections 501 to 556 carry rules that pertain to for-hire vehicle operation in NYC. Title 35 of the Rules of the City of New York carries most of the rules applicable to drivers. The rules are detailed at https://codelibrary.amlegal.com/codes/newyorkcity/latest/NYCadmin/0-0-0-137173.

Chapter 80 of Title 35 is of particular importance to drivers. It contains most of the rules applicable to drivers of for-hire vehicles, taxis, etc. 80-02 of title 35 contains certain mandatory penalties for overcharging and service refusals. Of great concern are rules 80-12 and 80-13, which contain moving and non-moving violations.

If you receive a ticket from the TLC, go to the website above, click on Rules of the City of New York Title 35 section 80, and find the rule listed on your ticket to see the points and financial penalties associated with it.

If you have difficulty or want to discuss the situation with a representative or lawyer (which is always a good idea, especially if the ticket carries points), you can reach out to me for a free initial consultation.

It’s important to note that the TLC has a program that combines DMV and TLC points, which can result in the suspension or revocation of your TLC license, so be careful. It’s well worth speaking to a representative or lawyer who you trust to help you with a TLC ticket because so much is at stake and the rules are complicated.

As always, thank you for reading my article. Until next month… Be well!