Who can drive a Street Hail Livery (SHL) Vehicle?
Anyone who holds a Medallion Operators license and licensed FHV drivers who submitted applications for an FHV license prior to July 1, 2013 that were subsequently approved can drive a Street Hail Livery (SHL). You MUST also take a Passenger Sensitivity Course if you want to drive an Accessible Vehicle. Please click here for information on the course providers.
A validly licensed Paratransit driver can drive a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle attached to an SHL Permit.
Do I need to attend Taxi School to drive a Street Hail Livery (SHL)?
After July 1, 2013 anyone who wants to drive an SHL has to apply for a Medallion Operators license and must attend Taxi School in order to drive an SHL. If you have a current and valid Medallion Operators license or you filed an FHV application prior to 7/1/2013 that was approved you do NOT have to attend Taxi School. If you have a Livery Dispatch Only FHV license then you cannot legally drive an SHL and do street hails. After July 18, 2014 new applicants must also take the Wheelchair Accessibility Passenger Sensitivity Course as a requirement for licensure.
How long is Taxi School?
Any driver who wishes to operate a Street Hail Livery after July 1, 2013 has to apply for a Medallion Operators license and attend a 24 or 80-hour course.
What are the different driver license types?
At this time, there are four types of driver licenses.
- Medallion – (yellow taxi or green taxi)
- Commuter Van
- FHV (livery -- including luxury limousine driver)
The FHV driver licenses are broken into two categories:
- FHV (SHL) License. The holder of this license can receive both dispatch calls and pick up street hails in a properly-equipped and properly-licensed vehicle attached to an SHL Permit and SHL Endorsed Base. This applies to all existing FHV licensees (licensed on or prior to June 30, 2013) and all applicants for an FHV license whose FHV license applications were received on or before June 30, 2013, irrespective of when the license was issued. If you filed an FHV license application on or after July 1, 2013 please see next bullet for an explanation of the service you can provide.
- FHV (LDO) Livery Dispatch Only License. The holder of this license can only pick up passengers from dispatched calls. You cannot do street hail pick-ups even if the vehicle you are driving is a fully licensed street hail livery vehicle. If you want to provide street hail service you must obtain a Medallion Operators license. This applies to licensees whose applications for an FHV license were received on or after July 1, 2013.
What do I need to do to be able to drive a Wheelchair Accessible Street Hail Livery (SHL) Vehicle
To drive a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV) you will need to attend a TLC approved wheelchair accessibility passenger sensitivity course. Para transit drivers do not need this course. Please click here for more information.