FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 9, 2007
MAYOR BLOOMBERG SIGNS LEGISLATION REQUIRING COMMUTER VANS TO DISPLAY IDENTIFICATION
Remarks by Mayor Bloomberg at a Public Hearing on Local Laws
“The next bill before me is Introductory Number 430-A, sponsored by Council Members Liu, Koppell, Gonzalez, Gerson, Nelson, Recchia, Stewart, Weprin, Gentile and Gennaro. This bill requires owners of licensed commuter vans in the City to display a Taxi and Limousine Commission-approved identification sticker on their vehicles. The sticker must contain a visible, distinguishable, difficult-to-replicate emblem large enough to be seen by law enforcement personnel and the general public. The sticker shall contain vehicle specific information such as make and model, license plate number, and other information unique to the van.
“With 262 commuter vans on our increasingly congested City streets, it is important to ensure that only licensed commuter vans are operating within the five boroughs. This bill will also help enforcement personnel and the public distinguish between legitimate, legal methods of transportation, and illegal vans that are not permitted to operate on our streets.
“Safe and efficient transit is the lifeblood of this City, and our continued success relies on an effective transportation network. In certain areas, particularly those underserved by trains and buses, commuter vans are an important part of that network. Introductory Number 430-A strengthens the integrity of our licensed commuter vans, while allowing us to crack down on illegal operators.
“I would like to thank the Taxi and Limousine Commission for its work on this bill. I would also like to thank the Council for approving this legislation.”
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