Proposal Would Put NYC Carriages Under New Regulation

The NYCLASS proposal would place New York City’s carriage industry under Taxi and Limousine Commission jurisdiction.

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A group that opposes horse-drawn carriage use in New York City on animal welfare grounds is proposing that the carriage industry be placed under the jurisdiction of the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission. However, others oppose the change on grounds that it could endanger the horses.

In 2014, the nonprofit New Yorkers for Clean, Livable, and Safe Streets (NYCLASS) called for a citywide ban on horse-drawn carriage ban. Since then the city, carriage industry operators, and animal advocates have debated over where—or if—horse-drawn carriages should operate.

Currently, the New York City Health Department and the New York Police Department (NYPD) regulate the city’s carriage industry.

The latest NYCLASS proposal stems from a Taxi and Limousine commissioner’s questions about how the health department monitors how many hours horses work, how stables are constructed and maintained, and how carriage drivers perform duties

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Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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