Street Hail Livery (SHL) Pilot Program
The SHL Pilot Program utilizes returned SHL (Green Taxi) permits to test the feasibility of a license that cuts costs traditionally associated with SHLs, while also eliminating the ability to receive street hails. Over a period lasting no longer than two years, it will study potential improvements in pre-arranged non-emergency medical transportation service, outer-borough service, fleet electrification, and wheelchair accessibility of the TLC fleet.
Streamlined hack-up requirements for the Pilot:
- Technology System will not be necessary—no meter, no roof light, no tablet.
- TLC will provide the necessary markings.
- Pilot Participants can choose any vehicle color (except taxi yellow and apple green).
- Partition/In-Vehicle Camera System is optional.
- No interaction with Meter Shops will be necessary. Participants will be ready to accept pre-arranged rides as soon as TLC provides required markings after the (successful) initial inspection.
- Vehicle inspections are required by TLC Safety & Emissions once every two years, similar to other For-Hire Vehicles.
- The vehicle must be an Electric Vehicle (EV), a hybrid electric vehicle, or a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV).
- Unlike traditional SHLs, SHL Pilot Program participants may not accept street hails.
- Similar to traditional SHLs, SHL Pilot Program participants may only accept trips beginning outside the Pre-Arranged Exclusionary Zone unless it is an Access A Ride or Medicaid-reimbursed trip.
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Interested in applying for an SHL Pilot Program Permit and License? Please Visit the Get an SHL Pilot Program License page.