⚡ TLC Says NYTWA Amendment To EV Plate TRO Should Be Denied, Trying To "Prevent Competition"
City legal team says NYTWA request to amend TRO should not be granted. 9,756 EV FHV License (TLC Plate) Apps received. TLC Chair David Do continues to double down on flawed policymaking & execution
A few days ago, we published an article: ⚡ TLC Could Take 6 to 9 Months To Process ~10,000 New EV Plate Applications. Some jumped on our reporting saying we were trying to essentially spread ‘fake news’ or were ‘in the pockets’ of the TLC rental companies 🤔. In reality, we were simply reporting on a letter NYTWA filed with the New York State Supreme Court that stated the following:
Furthermore, in this month’s issue of the Black Car News, TLC Chair David Do states.
“We will be processing all these applications and scheduling inspections for months to come.”
- NYC TLC Chair & Commissioner David Do
What’s apparent to us is TLC Chair David Do’s misinformed and uneducated “predatory leasing” trope, which he continues to repeat without quantifying anything or holding a hearing, seems to be causing unnecessary conflict and is his attempt at diverting attention from his failures as TLC Chair.
This is where we continue stand, if it’s not clear.
We continue to call for David Do to resign as Chair & Commissioner of the NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC), effective immediately.
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We know there is a huge demand for a leasing company that offers UberBlack-qualified electric vehicles (EVs), as these vehicles are too expensive to purchase for most individual drivers and many are nervous to make such a significant investment. However, we also understand if no one can make money, that sort of business isn’t going to work for anyone - driver or leasing company.
We hope you didn’t find the above didactic, but wanted to say some words before getting into today’s story, which is the TLC’s response to NYTWA’s letter asking for the TRO to be amended to “limit the issuance of EV FHV licenses to active drivers in leasing arrangements, or else prioritize EV FHV license issuance to such drivers.”
TLC Response to NYTWA
We paste the entire four page response (see below) submitted by the City’s Law Department, which is representing the NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC).
Here is our quick bullet point summary of the response (Note: not professional legal analysis).
Essentially impractical for TLC to effectively categorize “active drivers in leasing arrangements” vs. others. In addition, some individual drivers applied via a corporate entity
TLC estimates most drivers spent between $550 to $1,425 to complete EV application process (excluding deposit to acquire vehicle (VIN))
TLC now confirms 9,756 EV TLC Plate applications have been received (this is a slightly higher number from prior reports). TLC previously disclosed to all parties that final number might fluctuate
City states no specific evidence or facts that support claim that many TLC drivers who are in leasing arrangements would be stuck paying for two vehicles while EV TLC Plate applications are being processed. Even if NYTWA could prove that, TLC’s argument against granting any preferential treatment still stands
City states TLC doesn’t collect information on leases (note: obvious question would be what is the basis of TLC Chair David Do’s “predatory leasing” accusations, if TLC doesn’t even have this information, has not conducted a study or held a hearing on the FHV leasing industry? 🤔)
TLC states NYTWA is trying to “prevent competition” with its members
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