The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) has launched a resource center aimed at helping taxi drivers during this pandemic. The Driver resource Center is offering a wide range of services to all TLC Licensed drivers and Medallion owner- drivers.
TLC Licensees, Medallion Owners/Drivers and For Hire Vehicle drivers, are among the most vulnerable New Yorkers, as ridership is down 95 percent during the pandemic. In the recent past, a number of suicides rocked the industry, as drivers who had purchased medallions as an investment, saw their values plummet, as Uber, Lyft, and other companies made significant inroads into the taxi business in New York City. However, there is a serious across the board decline in ridership, prompting the city to offer these services.
Among the services offered are legal services, financial counseling, health and mental health referrals, as well as public benefits application support such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Cash Assistance, and Medicaid renewal through Access HRA
The TLC Commissioner and Chair Aloysee Heredia Jarmoszuk, in launching the center, stated "The resource Center will connect drivers to all the services New York has to offer". The New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) also added "We look forward to providing much needed legal services to medallion owner drivers who are facing debt and other civil issues stemming from ownership of these medallions".
To access the resource center or make an appointment for any of the services, please call 311 or go to https://portal.driverresourcecenter.tlc.nyc.gov.
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