Wilfredo Reynoso was the first of three drivers to get approval and pay $1,500 for his permit to pick up street hails only in the outer boroughs and upper Manhattan.
“He’s really excited. This was a fight for a long time,” said Wilfredo’s proud daughter, Julian Reynoso, 21, referring to a long court battle to legalize the program.
“He didn’t think it would happen. My mother is also super-excited and proud,” said Julian.
To qualify for the permit, Reynoso had to have at least 12 months under his belt as a licensed livery driver, officials said.
He is not alone.
About 1,900 of his colleagues have already lined up for the new green-cab licenses, Taxi and Limousine Commission officials told The Post.
“It’s not surprising that we’re seeing a lot of early interest in the program,” said TLC boss David Yassky. “This represents a brand new world of opportunity for these drivers, many of whom have firsthand knowledge of the powerful market demand that exists in the boroughs for hail taxi service.”
The city’s newest form of transportation hopes to solve the problem of yellow cabs not venturing beyond busy Manhattan zones for fares.
The Taxi and Limousine Commission said 1,200 livery drivers requested information for green-cab permits before last week’s ruling — and that the agency has been flooded with 700 additional requests since the decision was handed down.
The city will issue a total of 18,000 permits over the next three years.
The cabs can pick up hails north of East 96th Street and West 110th Street in Manhattan — and the outer boroughs.
[NY POST Report]