The Taxi and Limousine Commission is putting the finishing touches on new fine amounts.
The Taxi and Limousine Commission is putting the finishing touches on new fine amounts.

Cabbies may soon have to dig deeper into their pockets to pay fines because the city is considering upping the penalties, officials said.

The Taxi and Limousine Commission is putting the finishing touches on new fine amounts for violating the rules of the road governing city-licensed hacks.

“Some fines have been at the same level for a couple of decades,” TLC Chairman David Yassky said. “They need to be increased so that the penalty in today’s dollars is appropriate to the offense.”

The TLC has no shortage of rules governing drivers’ behavior.

They aren’t supposed to talk on cell phones even with hands-free devices – and they’re not even supposed to have phones sitting on the dashboard.

Drivers must take a fare to any destination in the city, accept credit or debit cards, keep their cars clean, provide air conditioning and adequate heat, display licenses and have either a partition or security camera.

Yassky said a proposal with the final fine amounts is not yet complete, but will likely be the subject of a public hearing in the coming months.

The news isn’t all bad. Cabbies can reduce a penalty if they plead guilty prior to a hearing held before an administrative law judge.

Most fines fall between $25 and $350.

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