New York Post
Buck stops here: Pol wants $1 vans reined in
The city's dollar vans would be allowed to accept street hails under a new proposal pitched to transportation officials.
The bill — cosponsored by City Councilman Jumaane Williams (DBrooklyn) — would permit hails, stiffen fines for rogue drivers and study other ways to rein in the burgeoning industry.
“If they are in the community and providing such a critical service as transportation, they should be providing it at a standard that the community deserves,’’ Williams said Sunday.
“There are some dangerous drivers out there, and we need to get them off the road.”
There are about 300 licensed commuter vans that regularly pick up paying passengers in neighborhoods such as Flatbush in Brooklyn, Flushing in Queens and the East Side of Manhattan.
The vans — which usually drive passengers from the far corners of the outer boroughs to Manhattan or Downtown Brooklyn — are only supposed to pick customers up after prearranging pickups by phone.
But there are dozens more unlicensed vans that the city can’t accurately track. They’re notorious for picking riders up by the side of the street and for being operated without proper inspections, licensed drivers and tags.
The City Council’s Transportation Committee is set to discuss the legislation Thursday.