Starting November 1, 2020, New York State now requires all passengers to buckle up regardless of where they sit in the vehicle – including drivers and all passengers. If your passengers do not wear a seat belt, your vehicle can be pulled over and your adult passengers may receive a ticket. If you are transporting a passenger under the age of 16, and they are not accompanied by a parent or guardian and do not buckle their seatbelt, you (the driver) could receive a ticket.
Please encourage passengers to wear a seat belt at all times while in your vehicle and wait to begin your trip until all passengers have buckled up. TLC is also informing passengers of this new law and their responsibility to buckle up and will make decals that alert passengers to the new law available to all TLC vehicle licensees soon. Please be aware that this is a New York State Law impacting all drivers in the State of New York.
If you encounter any issues with passengers using seat belts and would like to discuss an incident with TLC, please reach out to TLC External Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.