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What is the NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission?

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The NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission, or TLC, licenses and regulates over 50,000 vehicles and 100,000 drivers who provide services using medallion taxicabs, commuter vans, paratransit vehicles, for-hire vehicles and some luxury limousines in New York City. The TLC inspects the city’s 13,637 medallion taxicabs for emissions and roadworthiness three times a year and provides inspections for for-hire vehicles every two years, as of 2015.

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The TLC seeks to ensure that taxicabs and similar services in the city are safe and efficient. Its mission includes making sure that there are plenty of services available for residents and visitors to the city, and the commission recognizes the market forces of supply and demand as well as the need for intelligent regulation for safety, pollution and transparency. The commission’s mission also favors long-term goals over short-term gains and values continual improvement as a road to success.

The board of the TLC includes eight non-salaried members who discuss and decide upon matters pertinent to the continued operation and success of taxi and limousine services in the city. A single salaried board chairman oversees the operations of the board and the commission as a whole. Because of the large number of vehicles under the TLC’s purview, it is the most active licensing agency in the United States for taxicabs and similar services.

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