NYC Congestion Surcharge For-Hire Vehicles
This letter is to advise all Avalon customers of upcoming changes in our surcharge structure in New York City. On January 31, 2019, New York State Supreme Court lifted a temporary restraining order that enjoined the enforcement of the Congestion Surcharge imposed by Tax Law Article 29-C (Taxifleet Management LLC, et al. v. State of New York). As a result, all persons subject to the surcharge must begin to collect the surcharge from passengers beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, February 2, 2019. All persons who will be responsible for the collection and payment of the surcharge on more than one trip in any calendar month must also register with the Department.
The congestion surcharge will be imposed on for-hire trips in New York City. As a result, Avalon’s passengers may soon notice higher fares when requesting transportation services in certain areas.
The new surcharge will apply to trips that begin and end in the state, and to those that begin, end, or pass through the “congestion zone”—south of (and excluding) 96th Street in Manhattan.
The surcharge rates will vary according to the type of transportation vehicle used:
$2.75 per each for-hire trip not in a medallion taxicab or pool vehicle
$2.50 per trip in a medallion taxicab vehicle
$0.75 per pool trip
Therefore, effective February 2, 2019, Avalon will be implementing the congestion surcharge. The surcharge will remain separate from our usual charges and be shown as a separate entry on your bill. The surcharge will be based on the price stipulated by the New York Department of Taxation and Finance at the time service was provided.
We appreciate your understanding and please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns and again, we appreciate all of your loyalty and look forward to seeing you soon.