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Livery Base Requirements


Base Requirements for Membership in the
Livery Drivers Benefit Fund

Every independent livery base applying for membership in the Fund must affirm that all of the following criteria has been adapted as operating procedures of the base and that each registrant/driver has been informed of these procedures.

  • The livery base is not classified by the governing Taxi and Limousine Commission as a black car base or luxury limousine base and is not a member of the New York Black Car Operators' Injury Compensation Fund, Inc.
  • All livery drivers dispatched by the livery base provide and determine their own clothing;
  • All livery drivers dispatched by the livery base set their own hours and days of work;
  • All livery drivers choose which dispatches or fares to accept, and no livery driver suffers any consequence by the livery base for failing to respond to its dispatch, except that every livery driver must comply with all requirements of his or her governing taxi and limousine commission regarding acceptance of dispatches, fares, trips, passengers and destinations and a livery base may temporarily deny access to its dispatches for failing to respond to a dispatch in violation of local and state laws and governing taxi and limousine commission rules and regulations regarding refusing dispatches;
  • All livery drivers may affiliate with one or more other livery bases, except if prohibited by rules or regulations of the governing taxi and limousine commission;
  • Either the livery driver or livery base may terminate their affiliation at any time, except that a livery base must terminate its relationship with the livery driver in accordance with any rules and regulations of the governing taxi and limousine commission;
  • The livery base is not, directly or indirectly, including through any director, shareholder, partner, member or officer, the owner or registrant of more than fifty (50) percent of the liveries dispatched by the livery base;
  • The livery base is not, directly or indirectly, including through any director, shareholder, partner, member or officer, paying or participating in paying for the purchase, maintenance, repair, insurance, licensing, or fuel, of more than fifty (50) percent of the liveries dispatched by the livery base;
  • No livery driver dispatched by the livery base receives an Internal Revenue Service form W-2 from such base, or is subject to the withholding of any federal income taxes by the livery base, except a livery base that is the owner or registrant of less than fifty (50) percent of the liveries dispatched by that livery base meets the criteria of the next paragraph;
  • If the livery base is the owner or registrant of less than fifty (50) percent of the liveries dispatched by that livery base and it issues an Internal Revenue Service form W-2 to a livery driver or livery drivers, or withholds any federal income taxes for a livery driver or livery drivers, such livery base provides workers' compensation coverage for that livery driver or those livery drivers that is separate from the Fund; and
  • The livery base does not impose any fines or penalties or both on any livery drivers, except the livery base may impose fines or penalties or both on a livery driver for violating the rules and regulations of the governing taxi and limousine commission regarding the conduct of livery drivers while performing their duties.