New York traffic law has clear guidelines for assigning points and penalties for persons that receive traffic violations. Ultimate consequences can range from fines to insurance surcharges to driver’s license suspensions and beyond. Technology has evolved to aid the Department of Motor Vehicles and law enforcement units to accurately track such information.
New York City police recently discovered that their process and system for tracking traffic violations for city cab drivers has been faulty for several years. In New York, a driver’s license is to be suspended after receiving a total of six points. After 10 points, the license is to be revoked. In August, a tourist in Manhattan had her leg severed after being hit by a New York City taxi cab. That taxi cab driver had a total of nine points on his record at the time of the accident.
The DMV submits a weekly report feed to the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commissioner intended to monitor driver activity and ensure that only authorized drivers are operating cabs. The recent accident highlighted that this had not been a foolproof system as 4,500 cab drivers were found to have enough points to warrant either license suspensions or revocations. The driver of the cab involved in the accident has now had his license suspended.
The need to maintain driving privileges is important for most people, especially for cab drivers who rely on driving for their source of income. People who have had their licenses suspended or revoked may wish to consult with a traffic attorney to learn how they can best address their situation and work toward reinstating such privileges.
Source: NBC 4 New York, “Computer Glitch Masked Thousands of Cab Driver Violations, City Agency Never Knew,” September 24, 2013