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At its June 2014 meeting, the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) approved the Vehicle Safety Technology (VST) Pilot Program. The approved resolution can be found here.
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As outlined in the Pilot resolution, the Pilot will begin on the date that the first Participant is approved by the TLC and will continue for twelve consecutive months thereafter. The TLC will issue an Industry Notice when the Pilot begins and upon approval of each VST Participant.
Information on how to apply to become a VST Participant can be found below.
The Office of Policy and External Affairs will begin accepting applications (for Step 1) on September 3, 2014.
There are three steps to the application process:
Step 1 – Submit Application: Interested technology providers should submit a completed application with all required supporting documents outlined in the Application Checklist below to the TLC by email to email@example.com, or by mail to Vehicle Safety Technology Pilot, Attention: The Office of Policy and External Affairs at 33 Beaver Street, 22nd Floor, New York, NY 10004. Each submission must include all required documentation. TLC staff will review all proposals, and applicants whose proposals fulfill all of the pilot program’s requirements will be contacted to schedule Step 2 — Demonstration and Testing.
Step 2 – Demonstration & Testing: An applicant whose proposal meets the pilot program’s requirements in Step 1 will be prompted to schedule a demonstration of the proposed VST system at TLC’s Inspection facility in Woodside, Queens. The applicant should bring a vehicle to its appointment with a sample system installed for the TLC to review; if the applicant intends to pilot the proposed technology in any TLC-licensed taxis or Street Hail Liveries (SHLs), the demonstration vehicle must include a TPEP or LPEP system.
During the demonstration, an applicant will describe the system and its features to TLC staff and answer staff’s questions. Applicants are encouraged to bring a stand-alone unit and/or other visual aids that will help them explain to TLC staff how the system will be installed into a TLC-licensed vehicle. Once TLC staff has completed its evaluation of the sample VST system and has determined that the proposed installation of the VST does not interfere with the operation of the vehicle or its required equipment, applicants will earn TLC approval. The applicant will then receive an Approved Participant Certificate, appear in a list of approved participants that is posted to TLC’s website, and be named as an approved participant in a TLC-issued Industry Notice. At this point, a participant will be authorized to install the VST in its first five participating vehicles
Step 3 – Inspection: Upon approval in Step 2, TLC staff will review the installation of the participant’s VST systems in the first five participating TLC-licensed vehicles. In addition, TLC will reserve the right to inspect the first installation in any additional categories* of vehicle not represented in the first five installations. Upon successful completion of TLC inspections, TLC will authorize the participant to install the approved VST in additional vehicles. These vehicles may be put into service without a separate inspection of the VST installation; however, all vehicles will still be subject to their normal TLC inspections and vehicles found to have VST equipment installed that is not in alignment with what the TLC approved must have the equipment removed and are subject to re-inspection. Participants must keep an up-to-date list of vehicles with their VSTs installed on file with the TLC.
As a condition of approval and pursuant to the MOU, all vehicles included in the initial inspection will be required to be re-inspected at Woodside every three months. TLC staff will make all reasonable efforts to align the re-inspection with the vehicle’s normally scheduled inspections, where possible.
*Vehicle Categories: 1) For-Hire Vehicle (Livery, Black Car, and Luxury Limousine), 2) Yellow Taxi, 3) Street Hail Livery, 4) Paratransit Vehicle, or 5) Commuter Van).
Interested applicants must complete all application materials. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Materials include:
Application and Checklist (Updated 11/19/14)
All applicants must complete an application, and provide all supporting documents.
Memorandum of Understanding (Updated 11/19/14)
Each applicant must review the MOU and provide a signed original upon submission of its application in Step 1. If the applicant chooses to submit the application via email, the applicant must include a scanned copy of the MOU in the email submission and send a signed original by mail.
Data Formatting & Reporting Requirements
All applicants must review these requirements and provide sample data to the TLC during Step 1.