2015-04-29 / Features

Blaz Targets Unbuckled Cab Riders

By Liz Goff
The deBlasio administration is proposing a new law that would close a gap in an existing New York State law by requiring front and rear seat passengers of all ages to buckle up when riding in taxi and livery cabs and other for-hire vehicles.

Recently published reports said administration officials are working on a measure under the mayor’s Vision Zero initiative that would toughen requirements and charge parents and guardians of children under 16 with a violation for failing to made sure that children are buckled up when riding in for-hire vehicles.

Failure to comply would cost offenders $25 to $100 for each offense, authorities said.

Current state law exempts front seat passengers and children under 16 from wearing a seat belt when riding in for-hire vehicles. Under current law, all passengers over age 16 are requir3ed to wear a seat belt when riding in the back seat of a cab.

A spokesperson for the city Taxi & Limousine Commission said approximately fifty per cent of all riders do not wear seat belts when riding in taxis or livery cabs.

The city Law Department will review the proposal before drafting the bill, which must then be introduced to the Albany legislature for approval.

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