Seven fatal crashes involving for-hire vehicles in the city were reported during the last six months of 2015, new data published online Wednesday by New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission shows.
Packaged as the Vision Zero Base Reports, the TLC has added a trove of information from its 771 for-hire operations to the New York City Open Data Portal.
The report includes safety records like fatality- and injury-related crashes and vehicle and operation safety violations that occurred July through December.
In the six months of available figures, data shows there were seven fatal crashes involving the city’s for-hire vehicles. Five involved Uber drivers; two concerned livery drivers from Call Threes and Jaffa Car & Limo Service. In those seven crashes, one driver found at fault, leading to a TLC suspension.
The operators also averaged about 0.04 injury-related crashes per vehicle, according to the data.
Three bases operated cars that were, on average, about 13 years old, with the average for-hire car at about 9.2 years old. According to the data, the overwhelming majority of for-hires — 90 percent, or about 700 operations — don’t offer any wheelchair-accessible vehicles.
“These reports showcase the strong safety records of the for-hire vehicle industry in New York City. The overwhelming majority of drivers and bases diligently and responsibly serve the riding public and advance the goals of Vision Zero by making our streets safer,” TLC Commissioner Meera Joshi said in a prepared statement.
Officials and advocates hope publicizing the data will lead to further reforms. The TLC says it will commit to periodically updating the reports.
“The agencies involved in the Vision Zero effort must provide the public with information about their work to make New York City’s streets safer, and the Taxi and Limousine Commission’s Vision Zero Base Reports are an excellent example of the kind of transparency we need more of,” Paul Steely White, Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives, said in a statement.