On Thursday, February 2, the Taxi and Limousine Commission passed revised fatigued driving prevention rules.
Fatigued Driving Prevention FAQ
• Why the TLC is addressing fatigued driving• What taxi and FHV drivers should know • What FHV bases should know • What the yellow taxi industry should know • Why the TLC is addressing fatigued driving
Fatigued driving endangers not only drivers, but everyone on our streets. Studies show that driving while fatigued can be as dangerous as driving after heavy drinking. As driving time increases, so do the odds of being in a collision. However, TLC rules on driving hours previously only applied to taxi drivers and did not effectively limit the risk of fatigue. Creating an improved strategy to prevent fatigued driving that applies to drivers whether they’re driving a taxi or a for-hire vehicle is an important step toward reaching our City’s Vision Zero goal to end traffic fatalities.
[Back to Top] • What taxi and FHV drivers should know
By creating daily and weekly driving hour limits and collecting the data needed to check for compliance, the new fatigued driving prevention rules address the two types of fatigue that can affect driving – acute fatigue and chronic fatigue. Acute fatigue, resulting from not enough sleep on a single day, is linked to a higher risk of traffic crashes and slower response times to pedestrians in the crosswalk. Chronic fatigue, which occurs when people don’t get enough rest over a longer period of time, also makes it difficult to drive safely.
Fatigued Driving Prevention Rules
- Fatigued driving means driving while you are sleepy or tired.
- Studies show that driving while fatigued (tired) can be as dangerous as driving after heavy drinking. Fatigue slows down your ability to react, resulting in a higher risk of crashing your vehicle.
- Fatigued driving is not only dangerous for drivers, it is also dangerous for everyone on New York City streets.
- With the new Fatigued Driving Prevention rules, TLC-Licensed drivers may drive with passengers for up to 10 hours in a 24 hour period or up to 60 hours in a week (Mon-Sun). Only passenger time counts toward the daily and weekly limits.
Important Information for Drivers
- TLC will begin to count passenger time to determine if a driver has gone beyond the daily or weekly limit. Pick up and drop off data will come from FHV bases and TPEP and LPEP systems.
- Drivers should track the amount of time they spend with passengers to be careful not to go over daily and weekly passenger time limits. By tracking passenger time, drivers will know when they cannot accept new trips.
- Beginning in fall 2017, TLC will issue warnings to drivers who have gone over their daily or weekly limits. The warnings will give drivers information so they can change their schedules before any summonses are issued. Summonses will not be issued until late 2017.
- If you are an FHV driver who accepts dispatches from multiple bases, your passenger time will be totaled from all bases. It is important for drivers to keep track of their passenger time.
DRIVE / REST / REPEAT - SAFE DRIVING COUNTS
Important Information for Drivers
Trip 1 – Passenger A
- TLC will only count the amount of time a passenger is in the vehicle, between each pick-up and drop-off during any 24 hour period and during a calendar week (Monday-Sunday).
- If a driver gets stuck in traffic with a passenger in the car, then that time in traffic is counted toward the hour limits. But if a driver is cruising for a new trip and gets stuck in traffic, that time is not counted toward the driving limits because no passenger is in the vehicle.
- Drivers can reset their 24 hour clock by not driving passengers for 8 hours. After an 8 hour break, drivers can begin counting 10 more hours of passenger time. Always be sure to stay under the weekly 60 hour limit.
- Example: A driver picks up Passenger A at 7:05 am and drops off Passenger A at 7:20 am. The driver picks up Passenger B at 7:35 am and drops off Passenger B at 7:55 am. Because the first trip lasts 15 minutes and the second trip lasts 20 minutes, a total of 35 minutes is counted toward the driver’s passenger time. The time between the two trips (20 minutes) does not count toward passenger time.
- 7:05am Pick up time, 7:20am Drop off time, trip time in minutes: 15
Trip 2 - Passenger B
- 7:35am Pick up time, 7:55am Drop off time, trip time in minutes: 20
Total passenger time in minutes: 35
Tracking Your Hours
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- FHV drivers should discuss how to best keep track of their hours with the bases they accept trips from.
- Yellow/Green taxi drivers can keep track of their trips using their TPEP/LPEP records. For help, please contact your TPEP/LPEP provider(s).
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24 Hour Help Desk: (888) 432-7031 Exception to the 10 Hour Rule
If you are under the 10 hour passenger time limit when you begin your final trip of the day, any time from the last trip that goes over your daily 10 hour limit will not count towards your daily 10 hour limit, but it will count towards your weekly limit. Example:
if you have completed 9 hours and 50 minutes of passenger time for the day and you pick up a final passenger for a 20-minute trip, you will not receive a summons for exceeding the 10 hour limit in that day. The full 10 hours and 10 minutes of passenger time for that day will count toward your weekly
For the PDF version click here [Back to Top] • What FHV bases should know
Bases will be responsible for making sure they are not dispatching trips to a driver beyond the hour limits. A base is only responsible for its own dispatches under this rule – not a driver’s total passenger time if they drive for other bases, as well.
The new rule will require bases to submit drop-off data for each trip. We understand that it will take time to adjust to this change in the livery, black car, and luxury limousine industries.
TLC will offer support and technical assistance to bases to reach compliance with new reporting requirements, including information on what kinds of technology may be needed to comply with the rules.
In the beginning of April we will reach out to bases to provide deadlines and instructions for data submission. The earliest that TLC will issue summonses under these rules is August 15, 2017.
[Back to Top] • What the yellow taxi industry should know
For the taxi industry, no new data is required since TPEP records the necessary information for these rules. The earliest that TLC will issue summonses under these rules is August 15, 2017.
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