This bill would require taxis, street hail liveries and for-hire vehicles to have panic buttons within reach of the driver to notify the Police Department when the driver is in distress.
Int. No. 967
By Council Members King, Diaz, Cumbo, Ampry-Samuel, Adams, Cabrera, Cornegy, Gibson, Holden, Levin, Reynoso, Salamanca, Torres, the Public Advocate (Mr. Williams), Gjonaj and Ayala
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to panic buttons for drivers of taxicabs, street hail liveries and for-hire vehicles
Be it enacted by the Council as follows:
Section 1. Section 19-508 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new subdivision d to read as follows:
d. 1. For purposes of this section, the term "panic button" means a help or distress signaling system as designated by the rules of the commission that connects a driver in distress with the police department.
2. Every taxicab, HAIL vehicle and for-hire vehicle shall have a panic button within reach of the driver’s seat.
§ 2. This local law takes effect 120 days after it becomes a law, except that the taxi and limousine commission shall take such measures as are necessary for the implementation of this local law, including the promulgation of rules, prior to such date.