In years past, the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission vigorously policed its drivers. The TLC investigated any accusations of reckless driving and prosecuted those individuals when it was warranted. This led to license revocations and suspensions even if the driver was not subject to these disciplinary actions in the court system. Seeking legal guidance from a knowledgeable personal injury attorney in New York can help clear up any confusion or concerns you might have regarding your case.
The TLC’s new way of doing things had the effect of removing dangerous drivers after just one event. For example, two cab drivers were involved in a serious collision in 1998 that left one victim with an amputated leg and another with very serious injuries. The TLC reacted quickly and suspended and then revoked the at-fault driver’s license.
Strikes and Lawsuits
After the unfortunate crash described above, the TLC continued to introduce more rigid rules and regulations. The unexpected result was a strike by cab drivers. The opposition also sued the TLC many times in court, but the TLC was always victorious. In addition, the TLC had success in removing thousands of dangerous drivers from the roads at this time.
The Present Day Reality
Now in 2014, the story is very different, and people want to know why the TLC is not firing dangerous cab drivers. After exercising several license revocations and suspensions, the TLC is stating that it doesn’t have the authority to do this now. However, this answer is unsatisfactory to many people because the rules and regulations that were in place in 1998 are in effect today.
The fact of the matter is that organizations that represent taxi drivers are still filing federal lawsuits against the TLC, and the TLC’s lawyers would like to prevent this from happening. In one lawsuit, the plaintiff wishes to force the TLC to stop suspending the licenses of drivers who have been arrested on DWI or vehicular manslaughter charges.
A Solution to the Problem
The answer is for the TLC to be given the unequivocal authority to make sure that dangerous drivers are not allowed to continue in their current profession. The TLC has a point system, but it doesn’t allow officials to act quickly enough to suspend or revoke licenses. Therefore, another system is needed.
A second step that the state can take is to pass Cooper’s Law. This law was named after nine-year-old Cooper Stock who was killed in January by cab driver Koffi Komlani as the boy and his father crossed the street. If this law were to pass, it would require an investigation of any crash that results in death or serious injury. It would also give the TLC the authority to suspend or revoke the licenses of drivers who have been determined to be reckless on the roads.
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