Black Car and Livery Task Force

The Black Car and Livery Task Force will bring together industry experts, stakeholders, and the Taxi and Limousine Commission to review challenges facing the black car and livery industries and propose new legislation and policies to address those challenges. This page provides more information about the Task Force’s work, including ways for passengers, drivers, other TLC licensees, and the general public to provide feedback and insight to the Task Force to assist in its deliberations.

Background of the Task Force

The Black Car and Livery Task Force was created by Local Law 92 of 2020. The Task Force’s mandate is to “study the black car and livery industries for the purpose of identifying challenges to their viability” and to issue a report “setting forth its recommendations for legislation and policy relating to addressing challenges to the viability of the black car and livery industries.” That report will be issued to the Mayor and the Speaker of the City Council, and will also be released publicly on TLC’s website.

Membership of the Task Force

The Task Force is composed of 11 members representing a diverse set of stakeholders. TLC Chair Aloysee Heredia Jarmoszuk acts as the Chair of the Task Force, and the remaining members were appointed by the Mayor, the Speaker of the City Council, and the Public Advocate.  The complete membership of the Task Force is as follows:

  • Aloysee Heredia Jarmoszuk, Commissioner and Chair of TLC
  • Eight members appointed by the Mayor:
    • Cira Angeles, Spokeswoman, the Livery Base Owners Association; Co-Founder, President, and CEO, LA Riverside
    • Charles Bai, President and Owner, Charlie Black Car
    • Diana Clemente, President, Big Apple Car
    • Sarah Kaufman, Associate Director, Rudin Center for Transportation, Wagner School of Public Service, NYU
    • Nancy Reynoso, owner and driver, New York City green taxi
    • Sergio Rodriguez, Executive Director, New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers; Executive Director, Hispanics Across America
    • Mario Sena, Owner and CEO, Agape Luxury Corporation; former New York City taxi driver 
    • Roberto Rodriguez, livery driver
  • One member appointed by the Speaker of the City Council:
    • Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, Chair of the Council’s Transportation Committee
  • One member appointed by the Public Advocate:
    • Alhagi Ebou Cham, President, United Gambians Association; experienced TLC driver and manager

Meeting Topics

The Task Force’s mandate as established by Local Law 92 is broad.  The specific topics covered by the Task Force will thus be decided by the Task Force members with input from stakeholders and the public. Local Law 92 does require that one specific topic be considered: the potential use of advertising as a revenue source for drivers. Other topics could include the impact of COVID-19 on the industry, the use of innovation and technology to attract customers and compete with newer market entrants, private and governmental measures to enhance driver safety, ensuring accessible and non-discriminatory service, and other potential updates to the City’s laws and TLC’s regulations.

Public Input

Public input is key to the Task Force’s success, and throughout our process we will be inviting public input in several ways, including through a public hearing and soliciting feedback via email.

Public Hearing

This Task Force held a public meeting, similar to TLC’s recent virtual Commission Meetings, on June 23rd. Members of the public, including drivers and industry representatives, testified and shared with the Task Force their recommendations for topics that the Task Force should address in its subsequent meetings. Watch 6/23/21 Black Car and Livery Task Force Hearing held on June 23, 2021.

Email

Additionally, the Task Force continues to invite you—drivers, passengers, base owners, other stakeholders, or just interested New Yorkers—to email us with your thoughts on what the Task Force should discuss or recommendations we should consider. Please send us your ideas at BCandLtaskforce@tlc.nyc.gov