The Electric Carriage and Wagon Company of New York City provided America’s first motorized taxicabs. The company placed 12 electric taxicabs to provide service in New York City in 1897. Gasoline-powered automobiles, equipped with taximeters were introduced in New York in 1907. Today, taxis are integral to the transportation needs of the public in cities all across America. Buffalo, New York, has more than taxicab companies that serve the transportation needs of the community.
In the State of New York, licenses are required for certain business types in order to protect the safety, health, and general welfare of the public. Individuals or companies wishing to open a taxicab or limousine service in Buffalo are required to obtain a valid business license. Licenses are issued by the Buffalo Department of Business Licensing.
State Taxi License Plates
All taxis operating in Buffalo and throughout the state of New York are required to display a special taxicab licensed plate, issued by the state of New York Department of Motor Vehicles.
Enhanced Drivers License Regulations
All drivers of taxicabs in Buffalo and throughout the state are required to hold a valid New York State photo driver's license. The new enhanced driver's license is available to residents of the state of New York. Applicants must apply in person at a DMV local office and are required to show proofs of identity, New York State residency and United States citizenship.
Class E Driver's License
In order to obtain a New York State taxi/livery driver license, candidates must be 18 years of age or older. A taxi driver is required to hold a Class E license. This allows the driver to operate the same vehicles as a Class D license, plus transport passengers for hire in a vehicle designed to carry 14 or less passengers. If the vehicle carries more than 14 passengers, such as a bus, school van or a vehicle used to transport mentally or physically disabled persons (regardless of the seating capacity), the driver must hold a commercial driver’s license. To obtain a CDL, applicants must be at least 21 years old.
- Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images