Mayor Adams appoints David Do as Commissioner and Chair of TLC
April 28, 2022
NEW YORK – New York City Mayor Eric Adams today announced the appointment of David Do as Chairman and Commissioner of the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC). An experienced leader and regulator in the rental vehicle industry, Do – if confirmed by the New York City Council – would oversee the city’s work to help taxi drivers and the industry recover from the pandemic. of COVID-19 and finally turn the tide on the debt crisis taxi medallion plaguing drivers.
“I am so proud to welcome a groundbreaking, extremely qualified and capable candidate like David Do to TLC,” said Mayor Adams. “After a devastating financial crisis and pandemic, a strong taxi industry is a prerequisite for a fair and equitable economic recovery for our city, and this administration is going to deliver that to New Yorkers. Thank you to Acting Commissioner Ryan Wanttaja for his years of dedicated and continued service to TLC and the City.
“As the former president and commissioner of TLC, I know what it takes to regulate an ever-changing and vital mode of transportation, and David Do clearly has what it takes,” said Deputy Mayor for Operations Meera Joshi. “His extensive industry experience, collaborative perspective and data-driven approach will bring innovation, accessibility and fairness to drivers and passengers, and I look forward to working with him as he leads the agency.”
“I want to thank Mayor Adams for trusting me to lead the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission at this pivotal time in our industry’s history,” said David Do. “Increased competition and the global pandemic have placed our industry at a crossroads, and I look forward to partnering with Mayor Adams to ensure a strong economic recovery for our yellow and green cab, livery and location. We will continue to work closely with our communities to ensure we protect our drivers, visitors and passengers through advancements in innovation, safety, accessibility and fairness.
Under the New York City Charter, any candidate for the position of TLC commissioner must be confirmed by the city council.
About David Do
David Do is currently Director of the Department of Rental Vehicles (DFHV), where he has overseen the fast-paced and competitive rental vehicle industry, making it work for riders and drivers. At DFHV, he leveraged technology and data analytics to drive decision-making – creating a centralized dispatch platform through which residents can call a wheelchair-accessible taxi to improve the efficiency and improve administrative processing. As director of DFHV, Do successfully launched DC Microtransit, an on-demand shuttle service to meet the travel needs of residents living in hard-to-reach areas. He also led the agency’s COVID-19 response – overseeing the distribution of protective vehicle barriers and personal protective equipment to industry so drivers can continue to operate safely – as well as the transformation of several DFHV transportation programs to meet partner needs. and the equestrian public. Do previously served as Director of the Washington, D.C. Mayor’s Office of Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs, where he led the team to improve the quality of life for thousands of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Pacific (AAPI) through outreach and engagement. In 2019, he received the Catalyst Award from the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Association – a federation of AAPI LGBTQ+ groups – for his work in the DC LGBTQ+ community, including organizing the first Mayor’s Office events on Asian affairs. and Pacific Islanders centered on Pride and LGBTQIA+ communities of color.
Do graduated from the University of California, Merced and the University of Maryland, College Park.
“The taxi and rental industry is the other side of public transit in a city that never sleeps and on the front lines of the fight for workers’ rights and job security in a struggling economy. mutation,” said Bhairavi Desai, Executive Director, New York Taxi Workers Alliance. “We look forward to working with David Do, an experienced regulator steeped in transportation policy and thoughtful about the need to stabilize and rebuild our city’s iconic taxi and rental vehicle industry post-pandemic and after years of troubles. We’re excited to see the mayor nominate a candidate who wants to lead politics, has been a longtime public servant, won’t be afraid to regulate some of the wealthiest companies in the world, and has a track record of working to improve working conditions. drivers. From debt relief to a raise for all, there is so much work to do, and we look forward to doing it with David.
“David Do has the experience and expertise to guide TLC into the future, while ensuring drivers and operators have the support they need to drive our industry and our recovery forward,” said Ira Goldstein, Executive Director, Black Car Fund. “The Black Car Fund looks forward to working with David to create safer streets, a better transportation network and conditions that allow drivers and the rental vehicle industry to thrive.”