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Monday, February 11, 2008

Setting Up A Taxi Service In New York by: Vanessa Doctor



Starting your own taxi or private vehicle rental firm, is by no
means a quite tough task, as there are a lot of regulations and
guidelines to follow in operating and running this type of
transport business, and the rules may differ with each state or
city.

In the city of New York , the famous taxicabs, with their
distinctive yellow paint, are a world-renowned social icon.
These taxicabs are operated by private companies and are
licensed by the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission.

New York's Taxi And Limousine Commission

Considering that the city of New York is a very large metro
area, there has to be a viable, and tough regulatory agency to
handle the city's really large transport sector. The New York
City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) was established in
1971, and was given jurisdiction over the city's medallion
(yellow) taxicabs, livery cabs, "black cars", commuter vans, and
some luxury limousines.

The TLC was organized to deal with the growing number of
drivers, as well as to address issues that are vital to the
well-being of the taxi and livery industries. The taxi
commission was formerly known as the New York City Hack Bureau,
and it operated under the control of the New York City Police
Department.

New,Eco-Friendly Trends In NYC's Taxis

New York city recently introduced new regulations, and offered
new incentives as well, to replace its current yellow cabs with
electric hybrid vehicles like the Toyota Prius and Ford Escape
Hybrid.

In the spring of 2007, Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed a
five-year plan to make the city's taxicabs switch to more
fuel-efficient hybrid vehicles as part of a plan to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions. Around 90% of New York's 13,000 yellow
cabs are Ford Crown Victoria types. This proposal will help to
reduce greenhouse gas emission equal to removing 32,000 private
cars from the road

Taxi Fares In The Big Apple

Taxi fares in New York City, as of 2006, have been pegged at
$2.50 ($3.00 after 8:00 p.m., and $3.50 during the peak weekday
hours of 4:00â€"8:00 p.m., and the increments are based on the
distance traveled and time spent in slow traffic. The passenger
also has to pay the fare whenever a cab is driven through a
toll.

The city's cab drivers are not allowed to use cell phones while
ferrying passengers, even if they use a hands-free headset. It
is estimated that around 241 million passengers rode in New York
taxis in 1999, and the average cab fare in 2000 was $6.

How To Start An NYC Taxi Service

Starting a taxi service is not as easy as it may seem. For
starters, there are a lot of important steps that need to be
thoroughly followed, to guarantee you will be able to properly
operate such a business. The first step towards running a taxi
business, Is to acquire a license to drive a taxi. This process
begins at the Department of Motor Vehicles, and the department
issues a particular license to drive this types of vehicles.

Next, find out how the city regulates the taxi industry. The
only way to find out is to make a visit to city hall and ask
this question. By asking this, you will probably come away with
a great deal of information regarding this service.

Third, verify who licenses the taxi firms. New York requires the
units to have a medallion located on the outside of the car. You
also need to get in touch with someone from the Department of
Transportation, as they will be able to assist you with this
concern.

Once you've talked to the ones concerned, and fill in the
appropriate forms and get the permits, you're ready to roll out
and ready to join the rat race. The city's streets may look like
they're eternally clogged, however, with some deft maneuvering
and good management, you'll find out that operating a taxi
service here is worth the hassles associated with the Big Apple.

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