2007-05-18 / Letters

TLC Had It Wrong

Dear Editor,

This letter is in response to the article in last weeks Wave, regarding the license suspension of Beach Car Service.

I must address some critical points the TLC [Taxi and Limousine Commission] made in their statement. First of all we did notify the TLC that we were moving our base in November of 2006. The TLC would not accept the application because they required a "Letter of Permissible Use" from the Buildings Department. That letter took three months to obtain. The application to move was accepted by the TLC on March 1. Subsequently we were advised by the TLC that the Environmental Assessment Statement was filled out incorrectly, and needed to be resubmitted.

Secondly our hearing date for the summons was on April 19 not March 19. It was on April 19 that we paid the summons, and that is when the TLC suspended our license. On April 19 before the hearing all the necessary papers were submitted to the TLC, but we still could not operate until the Board of Commissioners had their monthly meeting. For the TLC to infer that we did not try to comply with the rules is simply not true. The problem lies in the bureaucratic system set up that makes no concessions for situations such as ours that make it impossible to comply with their rules.



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