Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway) announced the Assembly passed legislation that he supported that will allow New York City to issue 18,000 hail accessible inter-borough licenses (HAIL) allowing livery cars to pick up street hails (A.8691-A). Twenty percent of the licenses will be for accessible vehicles to provide more transportation options to people with disabilities.
“It’s no secret that transportation options in Southern Queens is a challenge, any increase in transportation options is a win for Queens,” Goldfeder said. “This new plan will afford those in the community, especially those who need it most with a greater access to taxicab service in and around the city.
Under the legislation, New York City will be able to issue the new licenses over the next three years. The city will also be authorized to issue up to 450 new base permits, generating up to $1.3 million in revenue.
In addition, the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) will issue 2,000 new taxicab licenses for vehicles that are accessible to people with disabilities. The TLC will also be required to provide grants of up to $15,000 to retrofit HAIL vehicles to accommodate people with disabilities and establish a program to support the introduction of handicapped-accessible vehicles into the HAIL vehicle fleet.
“Not only will the issuance of new HAIL licenses help all residents of Southern Queens but it will give options to those with disabilities, to get where they need to go with ease,” Goldfeder said. “It is imperative that we continue to support these kinds of initiatives to make traveling within Queens and New York City more accessible, efficient and affordable.”