After getting my TLC license two summers ago, I’ve since adopted “rideshare driving” (which is basically giving out rides in a black car vs. a yellow cab) in New York City (NYC). It’s become my main source of income, and hence I’m doing it full-time (40+ hours per week). And depend completely upon the income I make doing “rideshare driving” to pay bills, pay down debt, and otherwise live.
It’s not abnormal for “rideshare drivers” in NYC to be driving full-time, because often the drivers have big overhead costs that are unique to this location. For example, you can’t just use any old car for ridesharing in NYC. The black car has to be registered with Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC), which requires an inspection, commercial insurance, etc.
As part of getting TLC license, I was required by the city of New York to attend the “24-hour” course. The reason it’s called that is because it’s a three day course, each day requiring eight hours of instruction (8 x 3 = 24). The interesting thing was that I had already received my TLC license, and was driving with rideshare apps in NYC when I took the course. Although it’s a mandatory component of getting TLC license, I was not required to enroll until my probationary (i.e., the purple one-year license) license was set to expire.
Going from interested driver to first trip with Uber greatly varies in length from city to city. There recently was a new law passed in New York City that requires For-Hire Vehicle (FHV) drivers to take an exam to get their Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC) license. Read more