New York City’s Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC) unanimously voted to give a pay raise to the high-volume for-hire vehicle (HVFHV) drivers that it regulates, despite a lawsuit filed by Uber that temporarily blocked it. Average gross pay for HVFHV drivers increased about 14% on March 13.

The TLC said the raise is meant to ensure drivers will be able to cover all vehicle and related expenses, while correcting what they say are inefficiencies and inequities in the industry. The TLC has raised the required minimum pay three times to account for inflation since 2019, but the TLC’s assistant commissioner says driver expenses outpaced general inflation in 2022.

In a recent correspondence with its licensees, the TLC outlined the new rates, effective March 13, 2023:

Non-WAV trips:

  • $1.314 per mile
  • $0.564 per minute

WAV trips:

  • $1.702 per mile
  • $0.564 per minute

Out-of-town trips (Standard rates apply within city limits; outside of NYC, these rates apply):

  • $1.523 per mile (non-WAV)
  • $1.975 per mile (WAV)
  • $0.652 per minute

Questions about new driver pay rates should be directed to the TLC’s Driver Protection Unit at (718) 391-5539 or

Sources: News 12 The Bronx, NYC TLC

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