In February 2014 Mayor de Blasio released the Vision Zero Action Plan, which outlines actions the TLC, the Department of Transportation, the Police Department, other agencies, the public, and the private sector can take to end traffic-related deaths in New York City. TLC Vision Zero initiatives range from greater education about street safety to incentives for safe driving and enforcement against unsafe behaviors. For more answers about the Vision Zero program, ask here.
In 2015, over 36,000 crashes — ranging from minor fender benders to tragic fatalities — involved at least one of the 90,000 vehicles TLC licenses. On average, about 1,100 medallion taxis, 1,000 black cars, 700 liveries, 300 SHLs, and 100 luxury limousines were involved in crashes each month in 2015. Over time, crashes involving black cars have increased in line with the number of black cars rising from almost 22,000 at the end of 2014 to over 39,000 by the end of 2015.
Prior to the introduction of the Vision Zero Action Plan, TLC relied primarily on NYPD enforcement against safety violations, including distracted driving (e.g., cell phone use), failure to yield, and other moving violations. Beginning in 2014, TLC began targeting these behaviors and has been increasing traffic safety enforcement ever since. In 2015, TLC inspectors, including those in the TLC Traffic Safety squad formed in 2015 to focus specifically on traffic safety, issued 341% more traffic safety summonses than in 2013.
Education is also a key part of TLC’s Vision Zero efforts. TLC conducts in-person outreach to for-hire licensed drivers across the city to discuss Vision Zero, traffic safety strategies, and the “rules of the road.” At the end of each session, participating drivers sign the TLC Safe Driver Pledge. TLC staff has held a total of 279 Vision Zero meetings with drivers since the program began, including 252 in 2015 alone. Many of these meetings are conducted in both English and Spanish, ensuring the Vision Zero message reaches even more drivers. In 2014, TLC also introduced a new Vision Zero module to its required driver education, and in 2015, the Commission passed rules expanding this education program to include not only medallion drivers, but also tens of thousands of FHV drivers.
In 2014, TLC instituted the Safety Honor Roll to recognize TLC-licensed drivers who have outstanding records of safe driving over many years and millions of miles behind the wheel. The 2014 and 2015 TLC Safety Honor Roll drivers represent a truly elite group. The TLC reviewed all of its licensed drivers’ records and identified 295 drivers in 2014 and 256 drivers in 2015 who have, over five or more years, not had a single crash involving injury, a single traffic violation, or a single violation of TLC safety-related rules.
Crashes Involving TLC-Licensed Vehicles
TLC Safety Honor Roll Drivers
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