Impacts of Proposed DOT Rule Change
The proposed DOT rule change will negatively impact
- horse welfare
- public safety for customers and other users of Central Park South
- improper and unsuitable locations for "horse carriage boarding zones"
- continued economic viability of the carriage industry (the "backdoor ban")
- the historic landscape and nature of Central Park South as the park's front door
- the ability of the all people to interact with and enjoy the carriage horses as a public benefit
DOT Proposed Rule Change
The Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) is authorized to issue rules regarding parking and traffic operations in the City pursuant to Section 2903(a) of the New York City Charter. The rules that DOT is seeking to amend are contained within Chapter 4 of Title 34 of the Rules of the City of New York, relating to its “Traffic Rules.”
At the request of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, DOT is commencing rulemaking, as required by section 19-174 of the New York City Administrative Code. The purpose of this proposed rule is to establish horse carriage passenger boarding areas. The proposed rule designates specific locations for the horse carriage passenger boarding areas in Central Park. As of June 27, 2018, the Central Park Drives were permanently closed to unauthorized traffic. Limiting boarding of horse drawn cabs to these restricted areas within Central Park will reduce the amount of time that horses spend alongside vehicular traffic, thereby limiting horses’ interaction and potential conflict with vehicular traffic and thus promoting the safety and well-being of the horses.
Specifically, the amendments to the Traffic Rules being proposed are as follows:
- Section 4-01 amends the definition of “horse drawn vehicle” to use the same term (“horse drawn cab”) used in section 19-174 of the New York City Administrative Code.
- Section 4-09(d) is amended to reflect the change from “horse drawn vehicle” to “horse drawn cab.”
- Section 4-11(c)(7) is amended to reflect the change from “horse-drawn carriage” to “horse drawn cab.”
- Section 4-12(t) is a new subdivision that establishes specific locations for horse carriage passenger boarding areas.
The full text of the proposed rule change may be downloaded in .pdf format here.