New York City Plans Crackdown on Unsafe Taxi Drivers

October 1, 2014

New York City is cracking down on unsafe taxi drivers.

The Taxi and Limousine Commission issued 5,000 safety-related summonses so far this year. That’s a 95 percent increase from last year.

The New York Post reports that the jump came even as the number of issued summonses fell in the first three months of this year.

The tickets are for such infractions as speeding, tailgating and unsafe lane changes.

The number rose sharply in April when the TLC increased enforcement as part of the city’s Vision Zero campaign to reduce traffic injuries and fatalities.

TLC Commissioner MeerA Joshi says “As part of the TLC’s Vision Zero mission, we’ve placed safety-specific violations at the top of our list of priorities.”

The numbers do not include tickets issued by the NYPD.

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