TLC Encourages New Yorkers To Report Cab Drivers Who Discriminate

Lynda Lopez
February 18, 2020 - 5:43 pm
TLC Discrimination Ads

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The Taxi and Limousine Commission on Tuesday rolled out a new advertising campaign to encourage people to speak up if they are snubbed by a driver because of their race or destination.

The initiative comes on the heels of reports that taxi drivers have been refusing rides in Asian neighborhoods over fears of the coronavirus.

As WCBS 880’s Lynda Lopez reports, commuters will begin to see the advertisements on every subway line, on bus shelters and inside taxis.

TLC Commissioner Aloysee Heredia Jarmoszuk says this campaign is not in response to reports of cab drivers refusing rides in Asian neighborhoods, but rather the campaign against discrimination of passengers has been in the works for months.

“I would say that the timing is serendipitous,” she said.

Heredia Jarmoszuk says passengers should report all taxi drivers who refuse to pick them up to 311.

“The city wants to make it very clear that in New York City, we do not tolerate discrimination of any form,” she said, “and specifically around transportation and taxis, passengers have the right to service, regardless of their race, ethnicity, their cultural background, disability, sexual orientation or gender.”

She adds that the TLC is making sure “that we never have any drivers that are illegally refusing drivers.”

Heredia Jarmoszuk says drivers that do discriminate face consequences, such as fines, suspension and revocation.