Monday, August 25, 2014

Street Hail Livery Info | Commission Meeting - September 18 at 10 a.m.

August 25, 2014

To All Interested Parties:

Industry Notice #14-36
August 25, 2014

For Immediate Release

Information about Street Hail Livery (SHL) Permits

The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) has begun the second issuance of SHL Permits. We would like to remind current and future permit holders of the following:

  1. Convertible SHL permits
  2. Up to 6,000 SHL Permits are now available for purchase: 1,200 SHL Permits are immediately restricted to use with a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (“WAV”) and the remaining 4,800 are Convertible SHL Permits that could at a later date be restricted to use with a WAV. As outlined below, the TLC anticipates that in total 1,500 Convertible SHL Permits will be randomly selected to be restricted to use with a WAV:

    • First Renewal, three years after purchase: 500 SHL Permits
    • Second Renewal, six years after purchase: 500 SHL Permits
    • Third Renewal, nine years after purchase: 500 SHL Permits

    Permit holders will be given reasonable notice prior to conversion and are always free to voluntarily use a WAV with their SHL Permit.

  3. Certification Letter from Licensing required for LPEP & Meter
  4. TLC’s Licensing Division will provide SHL Permit holders who have: 1) affiliated their SHL Permit to a SHL Base and 2) affiliated their SHL Permit to a TLC-licensed vehicle, with a Certification Letter. TLC also maintains a list of SHL permit holders who have received a Certification Letter on the TLC’s Current Licensees page. LPEP providers and licensed meter shops will not install any equipment in a hacked-up TLC-licensed vehicle unless the following requirements are met:

    • The Permit-holder provides a copy of the Certification Letter showing a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) that matches the vehicle receiving the LPEP and meter
    • OR
    • The Certification appears on TLC’s website in the list of SHL Permits on the Current Licensees page; and

    • The VIN on the list of SHL Permits matches the vehicle receiving the LPEP and meter; and
    • The list of SHL Permits contains the Certification date which indicates that all required affiliations have been completed with TLC.

  5. Measured Mile Run for Taximeters
  6. Before a vehicle can be brought to the TLC’s Woodside inspection facility for initial Hack-up/Re-Hack inspection, a TLC-licensed meter shop must perform a measured mile run on the meter to make sure that it is functioning accurately. The TLC would like to remind SHL Permit-holders that a measured mile run must also be performed by a licensed meter shop annually. Failure to comply (TLC Rule 82-40(e)) may result in a $150.00 fine.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Three Advantages Of Having Mini Dash Cams Installed In Your Vehicles

by Wes Holyfield

With the ever-increasing amount of people on the road these days, more and more accidents occur. If you wind up involved in an accident, having an in-car camera installed will protect you from wrongful blame when you're not at fault. However, that's not the only reason for putting a dashboard camera in your car. There are several other advantages of having mini dash cams installed in our vehicles. Below I have listed a few of those advantages.

Insurance Premiums

Installing a dashboard cam can prevent your insurance premiums from rising. Drivers have started using the video from these cameras as an independent witness to prove who is at fault after accidents. You will now have rock solid evidence of any collision or other incident should you need it. Right now there are no insurance companies that offer discounts on premiums for adults that install dash cams. However, there is one company that discounts premiums for young new drivers that have them. This brings me to the next advantage on our list.

Teen Safe Driver Program

A company known as American Family Insurance has started a Teen Safe Driver Program where they give new teenage drivers a free mini dash cam for one year. Included in the program is driver coaching and education for helping them be better drivers. The camera that the company provides records inside and outside of the vehicle when it detects swerving and sudden speed decreases or increases. The recordings are then sent to the driving coaches through Wi-Fi where they can grade the teen drivers on a weekly report card. Parents can review the report each week by logging in and checking the videos and grades. By participating, teens get a ten percent discount on their premiums. Therefore, not only are these cameras allowing lower premiums for teen drivers but they also help parents keep an eye on their children's driving. All the while, making our teens better drivers and making the roads safer to drive.

Crash for Cash

This is similar to the reasoning behind the insurance premiums. A dash cam protects you against scammers that intentionally have car accidents to extort money from their victims. It has become such an epidemic that it now has its own nickname. This dangerous stunt has become known as, the "crash for cash" scam.
You can find thousands of dashboard cam clips on YouTube. The reason is incidents are commonly caught on tape. They're usually caused by a person doing something that is less than ethical. For example, one of the most popular dash cam videos shows a guy that runs in to the road and starts acting like he was hit by a car. The funny thing about it though, is that the car had already come to a complete stop before the guy ever came in to the road. Who knows what would've happened if there hadn't been video evidence to prove that the guy was faking? Considering the cost at risk of not having one versus the cost of the cam itself, the advantages of having mini dash cams installed are obvious.

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