New York City can barely give away green taxi licenses as would-be drivers for the much ballyhooed outer-borough cabs are migrating to e-hail taxis.
The green “boro taxis” were created to expand cabs that stop for street hails into the five boroughs.The city was authorized by state law in 2013 to sell up to 18,000 permits, at $3,000 a pop, over three years. The first 6,000 sold– though many have been returned or taken out of use. From the second batch of permits issued under the de Blasio administration in 2014, there are still 3,882 permits left, the Daily News writes.
About 700 people have expressed some interest in buying them, but few are expected to go through with a purchase. Even if the TLC sells the second trance, the city will still have a final batch of 6,000 left.
The root cause of the program’s failure is that would-be taxi driver can operate even more cheaply and without burdensome regulations– especially onerous wheelchair accessibility requirements– by signing on with Uber.