In a letter to TLC licensees, the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission will hire TLC-licensed drivers for work related to COVID-19.
The City will pay interested TLC drivers $15 an hour, plus reimbursement for mileage and tolls, to help delivering food to senior citizens who need to stay home.
“Initially the need for drivers will be small, but expected to increase as more residents request meal delivery … If you are not initially selected, we hope to reach you in the days ahead as demand for meals increases,” the letter states.
Following the announcement, Brendan Sexton, executive director of the Independent Drivers Guild, a Machinists Union affiliate issued a statement:
"New York City's for-hire vehicle drivers have seen their earnings plummet amid this pandemic. Drivers are ready to step up to help the city in this time of great need. We are thankful that the city sees the value in this workforce and appreciate the Commissioner's hard work to make DeliveryTLC a reality."