New York’s Taxi & Limousine Commission handles the issuance and revocation of “hack licenses” that are necessary for drivers to legally transport people. One of the most harrowing events that can happen for these drivers is to receive a summons that could lead to the revocation of their license.
If you drive a taxi or limo and rely on a hack license, you should ensure that you react appropriately if you do receive a summons. One thing that you shouldn’t ever do is just ignore the summons because this could mean that you’ll be responsible for considerable fines and end up with points that lead to you losing your livelihood.
Can you settle the matter without points?
Some drivers may get a settlement offer. If you get one, be sure that you read it thoroughly so you understand what you’re agreeing to if you accept it. In some cases, it might be better to go through the hearing process. If you don’t get an offer in the mail, you’ll have to go to the Long Island City office to discuss the possibility of one.
What if you have to go to the hearing?
You must ensure that you attend the hearing or the court may find you guilty of what you’re accused of. This can have serious consequences so it’s best to show up for the hearing. This might be over the phone or via a written defense. Check the summons to find out what you need to do.
It’s imperative that you learn about your options when you receive a TLC summons. Having your hack license revoked means that you lose your livelihood. This isn’t a chance most drivers can take. Working with someone who knows the applicable laws can help you to ensure you present a defense that’s in your best interests. If your hack license is revoked, you should look into whether you’ll qualify for a waiver to reduce the time your license is revoked.