The Taxi and Limousine Commission will be appearing before their board on Thursday, looking to approve a series of major changes. This includes enabling owners to charge drivers more to lease cabs on a weekly basis, as well as forcing drivers to pay for some car repairs.
This will greatly effect drivers’ pockets, however. “These rules are absolutely horrendous and if they are passed will be disastrous for thousands upon thousands of drivers,” Bhairavi Desi, executive director of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance.
The TLC issued a statement in response: “We respect NYTWA’s right to speak out and be heard. “These proposed rules seek to create a balance between the legitimate financial concerns of fleet operators and the needs and concerns of drivers.”