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New rules limit taxi drivers’ hours

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New rules prevent taxi drivers from picking up passengers for more than 12 hours in any 24-hour period. (Photo: Getty Images)

New rules prevent taxi drivers from picking up passengers for more than 12 hours in any 24-hour period. (Getty Images)

NEW YORK — Cabbies will have to limit their weekly working hours, according to new rules passed by the Taxi and Limousine Commission Monday.

The rules, which go into effect Nov. 1, will prohibit drivers from picking up passengers for more than 12 hours in a 24-hour period. Drivers also won’t be allowed to work more than 72 hours in any seven-day period.

“This prudent and practical new rule will help make all road-users safer, and bring us a bit closer to Vision Zero,” said Austin Finan, a spokesman for the mayor’s office.

The new rules, announced in May as part of Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative, are subject to change as the TLC continues to study driver fatigue, said TLC spokesman Allan Fromberg. Only a small percentage of drivers will have to cut their hours. Just three percent of drivers for hire typically drive more than 12 hours per day.