Head of New York City taxi commission leaving after 5 years

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NEW YORK — The leader of New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission is leaving after five years in the position.

The leader of New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission Meera Joshi is leaving after five years in the position.

Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Saturday that TLC Chairwoman Meera Joshi will step down in March. He said a replacement will be chosen in the coming months.

Joshi has led the agency that regulates for-hire vehicles since 2014. New York City has grappled during her tenure with the explosive growth of Uber and other ride-hailing apps.

The City Council in the past year has approved a moratorium on new licenses for app-based cars and a minimum pay standard for app-based drivers. Joshi said it’s been an honor to serve the city “through the effective regulation of almost 200,000 drivers in over 130,000 vehicles moving over a million people each day.”

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