COVID-19 Notice: Block O'Toole & Murphy is fully operational in accordance with safety regulations provided by the CDC and local health officials.
Our attorneys continue to provide quality legal representation and are available to discuss your case over the phone, email, or video. Read more from our managing partners.
Block O'Toole & Murphy Block
& Murphy
Premier NY Personal Injury Lawyers

To prevent NYC car accidents, TLC steps up taxi enforcement

The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) regulates cabs on the streets of the city. One of its responsibilities is to enforce regulations designed to ensure safe operation of taxis. As part of its ongoing effort to ensure passenger safety, the TLC recently seized 1,000 unlicensed cabs. This number surpasses the previous record of 849 cabs seized in January 2013.

The condition of some of the vehicles was so bad that it was amazing they were on the road at all. One had a broken front door that was secured by wrapping the driver's seat belt through the open window. Another had a broken windshield, while a third was missing a license plate, had no hub caps and lacked bolts in all four tires. This third wreck was not even registered in New York, but in Texas.

Drivers with illegal cars have to pay towing fees and fines that range from $600 for a first offense to $1,500 for being found guilty after a hearing for multiple offenses.

The TLC is determined to put such pressure on the illegal cab business that the drivers and their junker cabs disappear. The TLC added 125 enforcement officers last year.

Illegal cab drivers don't need to pass criminal background checks or drug tests. They don't need to buy insurance. Their vehicles are not subject to the quarterly inspection required by the TLC. Based on the most recent seizures, many unlicensed cabs would not pass such an inspection and could easily be involved in serious car accidents.

According to TLC Commissioner David Yanksy, ""It's an important part of our mission to protect the public from potentially unsafe cars." He added, "As the illegal drivers come to understand that the TLC enforcement is real and has teeth, you'll see the number of illegal drivers drop even further."

Source: New York Post, City Seized Record 1,000 Illegal Cabs Last Month," Sep. 8, 2013.

Speak with a Qualified New York Injury Lawyer Today

Fill out our short online contact form for a FREE, immediate case review, or call us locally at 212-736-5300 today. The lawyers in our firm work on a contingency basis, so we do not collect any money unless we win your case.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Firm Awards and Honors

These are some of the publications and organizations that have recognized our firm and individual attorneys for excellence.

Learn More
Block O'Toole & Murphy - Listed in Best Lawyers - Linking Lawyers and Clients Worldwide Best Lawyers - Best Law Firms - U.S. News The National Trial Lawyers - Top 100 Trial Lawyers Super Lawyers Million Dollar Advocates Forum Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum Irish Legal 100 Martindale-Hubbell - Peer Rated For Ethical Standards and Legal Ability New York Magazine - Top Verdicts & Settlements New York Law Journal - NAACP Frances Pope Memorial Foundation - Love. Support. Hope. St. John's University - School of Law St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Expertise - Best Workers Compensation Attorneys New York City 2020
Call Block O'Toole & Murphy Today For Help - 212-736-5300

What can we help you find?