TLC Honors the NYC’s 500 Safest Drivers at Celebration in Queens

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TLC regulates over 100,000 drivers, more than 96,000 vehicles. (Pakistan Week photo)
[responsivevoice_button] The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission has honored 500 of its safest drivers at a ceremony in Queens, as well as bases, fleets, and accessibility leaders for their outstanding safety, service, and commitment to providing transportation for those who use wheelchairs.

The Vision Zero Action Plan, launched in 2014, is a comprehensive strategy designed to move the city closer to ending traffic fatalities. This year’s Safest Driver honoree, Patricia Ramirez, has been a TLC driver for 6 years and has a spotless record from both TLC and the State DMV. According to TLC, in 2022, she completed 2,393 trips. Staten Island’s Matamoros Car Service is the Safest Base, with only one incident last year out of a fleet of 21 vehicles.

The gathering, which was held at the Queens Theater in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, was the 9th in the Honor Roll’s history, and the first in-person ceremony since 2019. Ceremonies during the pandemic were held remotely, and included special recognitions for drivers who had provided transportation for the City’s emergency workers as well facilitating vaccinations.

“Our taxi and for-hire drivers are the lifeblood that keeps New York City’s heart pumping, and these honorees do it all with top-notch professionalism and safety first,” said New York City Mayor Eric Adams.  “In a bustling city, filled with people that are constantly on the go, we all too often forget to thank the men and women who get us where we need to go safely, and I’m thrilled we are taking the time today to do just that. I want to extend my utmost gratitude to every single honoree for doing such a great job keeping New York City moving and out of harm’s way. Your hard work is an achievement that you and your families should be proud of. I know I am.”

All 500 of the drivers, who represent every borough and 78 nations of origin, have gone four or more years without crashes involving a fatality or injury, have no traffic violations and no violations of TLC safety-related rules. Collectively, they have completed 7.4 million trips since January 1, 2019.

“The TLC Honor Roll represents the absolute safest drivers on the planet.  Full-time professional driving in NYC is a skill and these are the masters,” said Deputy Mayor Meera Joshi. “Thanks to the hard work of Commissioner Do and the entire TLC team this event is now back in person, bringing together TLC licensees and their families to celebrate all the great work they do.”

“Most New Yorkers take it for granted that when they enter a TLC-licensed vehicle that they will have a safe, uneventful trip,” said TLC Commissioner David Do. “Our Honor Roll drivers embody the commitment and care underlying that confidence, and I am so proud of them.”

“These drivers are Vision Zero heroes. As a former taxi driver myself, I’m always impressed by TLC’s honorees, whose upmost professionalism and commitment to safety set an example for New Yorkers,” said NYC DOT Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez. “The DOT is proud to partner with TLC on educational programming to promote safe driving and we congratulate this year’s honor roll.”

“These drivers operate their vehicles responsibly every time they get behind the wheel because they – like all the people we serve – understand that traffic safety is public safety,” said NYPD Chief of Transportation Kim Y. Royster. “We commend and thank these women and men for their professionalism and commitment to safety, and for embodying the ideals that make New York City a destination for people from around the world to live, work, and visit.”

“Today, we honor drivers who get New Yorkers where they need to go – safely – each and every day,” said NYC Council Majority Whip Selvena N. Brooks-Powers, Chair of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. “These honorees have demonstrated a commitment to road safety and act as an example to which all New York’s road users should aspire. I celebrate their service, and I thank Commissioner Do and the TLC team for their work to uplift these drivers.”

2022 Honor Roll: By the Numbers

About Vision Zero and the NYC TLC:

As one of three lead agencies—along with the NYPD and Department of Transportation—the TLC is dedicated to achieving Vision Zero. The TLC has implemented many different safety-focused initiatives, including driver education, enforcement, and recognizing the safest drivers. Learn more about the Vision Zero initiatives by visiting TLC’s Vision Zero page. The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission is the largest for-hire vehicle regulatory body in the United States, created in 1971. It regulates over 100,000 drivers, more than 96,000 vehicles, and the businesses that operate and support them. To find out more about the TLC, we encourage you to visit our official website nyc.gov/taxi.

 

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