Head of New York City taxi commission leaving after 5 years

January 5, 2019
FILE - In this June 30, 2015 file photo, New York Taxi and Limousine Commissioner Meera Joshi listens as Council member Ydanis Rodriguez, chair of the Committee on Transportation, speaks during a hearing on the growth of the for-hire-vehicle industry in New York. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019 that Joshi will step down from her position in March 2019. She was head of New York City's Taxi and Limousine Commission for five years. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — The leader of New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission is leaving after five years in the position.

Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Saturday that TLC Chairwoman Meera Joshi will step down in March. He said a replacement will be chosen in the coming months.

Joshi has led the agency that regulates for-hire vehicles since 2014. New York City has grappled during her tenure with the explosive growth of Uber and other ride-hailing apps.

The City Council in the past year has approved a moratorium on new licenses for app-based cars and a minimum pay standard for app-based drivers. Joshi said it’s been an honor to serve the city “through the effective regulation of almost 200,000 drivers in over 130,000 vehicles moving over a million people each day.”

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