NYC’s TLC Makes History with Over One Million Zero-Emission Trips in January

By A Correspondent
With the January targets met well ahead of schedule, attention turns to future goals, including a 25% target in 2026 and a 40% target in 2027. (Photo by Pakistan Week)
In January, the Taxi and Limousine Commission signaled approval with the color green, meaning go for the Taxi and Limousine Commission. Achieve the true spirit of the declaration, the TLC achieved a remarkable milestone in sustainability by overseeing its high-volume for-hire fleet completing over one million zero-emission rides for the first time. This success was bolstered by the enactment of the innovative Green Rides Initiative the previous year, resulting in Uber and Lyft collectively providing 1.08 million zero-emission trips in January 2024, a stark contrast to the 157,000 trips recorded in January 2023. This period also witnessed a notable 33% increase in Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV) trips.

The impetus behind Green Rides, which outlined annual objectives for Uber and Lyft to transition to 100% zero-emission or wheelchair accessible trips by 2030, facilitated the achievement of program benchmarks set for the end of 2025, two years ahead of schedule.

Mayor Eric Adams of New York City expressed pride in the city’s leadership in sustainability and accessibility, crediting the 1 million Green Rides as a significant step towards a greener city and cleaner air for all New Yorkers. Notably, this transition was accomplished without imposing additional costs on drivers, aligning with Mayor Adams’ “Working People’s Agenda.”

Deputy Mayor of Operations Meera Joshi commended drivers for their role in this achievement, highlighting how the issuance of new electric vehicle licenses provided drivers with opportunities for economic mobility while contributing to the fight against climate change.

TLC Commissioner David Do praised licensees for their role in driving the transition to electric vehicles (EVs) and emphasized ongoing efforts to expand EV infrastructure across boroughs. Private industry also responded to the increased demand for charging infrastructure, exemplified by the opening of a fast-charging site in Midtown Manhattan by charging startup Gravity.

The annual targets set by Green Rides ensured a systematic transition to a cleaner, more accessible fleet by providing a framework and timeline for Uber and Lyft. With the January targets met well ahead of schedule, attention turns to future goals, including a 25% target in 2026 and a 40% target in 2027.

Uber and Lyft representatives expressed commitment to an all-electric future and praised drivers for their role in achieving milestones. Mohammed Asad, a Queens resident and Uber driver, shared his enthusiasm for electric vehicles, emphasizing their benefits for individuals, future generations, and the environment.

The TLC and the City continue to support the development of charging infrastructure through various initiatives, including grants and partnerships, further advancing the city’s transition to electric vehicles.

Created in 1971, NYC TLC is the agency responsible for licensing and regulating New York City’s Medallion (Yellow) taxi cabs, for-hire vehicles (community-based liveries, black cars, and luxury limousines), commuter vans, and paratransit vehicles, along with the businesses that operate them. It is recognized as the largest and most active taxi and For-Hire Vehicle regulatory body in the United States.

Over 200,000 TLC licensees complete approximately 1,000,000 trips each day. To operate for hire, drivers must first undergo a background check, have a safe driving record, and complete 24 hours of driver training. TLC-licensed vehicles are inspected for safety and emissions at TLC’s Woodside Inspection Facility.

To find out more about the TLC, or to review its rules, regulations, and procedures, we encourage you to visit our official Web site at www.nyc.gov/taxi or contact 311/311 Online.

 

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