According to the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission, there were nearly 198,000 TLC licenses held in 2019. With so many individuals registering to drive, it’s natural to wonder just what makes driving so attractive to them. The benefits of driving for the TLC are a big draw.
More than ever, job stability has been a question on many of our minds. In a city of almost 303 square miles where about half of its residents do not own a car and about 800,000 people visit every day, there will always be a high demand for transportation. As a driver for the TLC, you can almost guarantee a job will be waiting for you if you are willing.
TLC drivers are able to set their own hours, which allows a greater degree of flexibility than most other jobs. You can choose from week to week whether you want to work part-time or if you want to work the maximum 10 hours a day. There is also flexibility in exactly how you want to drive. With a TLC license, you can choose to drive one of the traditional taxi cabs or limousines, or you can choose a ride-share service like Uber or Lyft. Switching between one or the other doesn’t require extra certifications.
As attractive as becoming a TLC driver is, it can seem unattainable is you are a member of one of the approximately 1.5 million households in New York City that does not have a car. Thankfully, you don’t have to own a car to be a TLC driver. Another aspect of flexibility when it comes to driving for the TLC is the availability of TLC auto leasing, which allows you to become a driver without the hassle and expense of buying a car.
Support From TLC
One of the greatest benefits of driving for the TLC is the TLC itself. If you are ever in a situation where a passenger does not pay fully for their trip, or if a company treats you unfairly by not returning a security deposit, overcharging you for vehicle lease, or not providing necessary documents, you are able to submit a complaint to the Driver’s Protection Unit, and they will investigate it for you. The TLC also provides assistance for being connected to services in the case of a physical or verbal attack. If you are a black car driver (luxury driving for Uber or Lyft), you also qualify for telemedicine, where you can speak to a doctor in your native language for free.
No wonder the 198,000 TLC license holders chose the path they did. Having a TLC license doesn’t just give you the satisfaction of an income; it gives you peace of mind, knowing you have the security, flexibility, and support needed to make your career a success.