Today Harlem Congressman Adriano Espaillat issued the following statement calling for the immediate resignation of New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) top official, Meera Joshi following a number of suicide deaths of NYC taxi drivers.
“I call on TLC Commissioner Meera Joshi to step down immediately,” said Congressman Adriano Espaillat. “Too many fathers have taken their lives due to the untenable working conditions, excessive fines, and oversaturated market created for New York City taxi and livery drivers. Commissioner Joshi needs to resign now because she has failed to resolve or even address this issue, as we continue to witness more lives come to a tragic end. We must address this critical issue before it’s too late for another NYC taxi driver or their family.”
Earlier this year, Congressman Espaillat released a white paper detailing recommendations to restructure the TLC and establish new rules and regulations that would address the challenges facing city drivers, incorporate modern rideshare platforms such as Uber and Lyft, and equalize the market for all driving competitors throughout New York City.
To find out more about Rep. Espaillat, visit online at espaillat.house.gov/.