Council to Pass Levine Bill Studying Taxi Medallion Debt Solutions
**RELEASE** November 28, 2018
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City Hall, NY – Today the New York City Council is expected to
pass legislation, Intro 1069, sponsored by Council Member Mark Levine,
requiring the TLC to study the prevailing issue of medallion owners
with excessive debt.
The legislation is aimed at helping City policymakers and industry
stakeholders better understand the depths of this crisis in addition to
analyzing potential ways to ease the financial hardship facing
thousands of hardworking, overwhelmingly immigrant drivers.
“Independent owner-drivers who played by the rules set by the
City are now enduring extraordinary financial hardships through
absolutely no fault of their own,” said Council Member Levine.
“After having bought an asset because they had a guarantee from
the City about its underlying value, our city has failed these small
business owners. Both the financial and human toll brought on by this
crisis cannot be overstated.As I’ve stated before, it is the
app-based taxi corporations should be the ones to shoulder the
financial burden of providing financial relief to the independent
medallion owner-drivers who are suffering. The study called for in this
legislation will provide valuable insight in to how we can help these
Earlier this year the TLC agreed to Council Member Levine’s
proposal to waive the required annual medallion renewal and inspection
fees, which force payments two years in advance and cost up to $1,650
per medallion. His office is currently working on legislation that
would codify the fee waiver into City law.