Mayor Eric Adams tapped David Do to head up the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission on Thursday, giving him responsibility of overseeing the office regulating the city’s cab industry.
Do takes office at a time when the taxi and ride-share industry recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the medallion debt crisis that has deeply affected drivers.
“I am so proud to welcome a groundbreaking and supremely qualified and capable nominee like David Do to the TLC,” said Adams during the April 28 announcement. “After a financial crisis and a devastating pandemic, a strong taxi industry is a prerequisite to a just and equitable economic recovery for our city, and this administration is going to deliver that for New Yorkers. Thank you to Acting Commissioner Ryan Wanttaja for his years of dedicated and continued service to the TLC and the city.”
Do currently serves as the director of the Department of For-Hire Vehicles (DFHV), where he has overseen the for-hire vehicle industry and making it work for both riders and drivers.
At DFHV, Do successfully launched DC Microtransit, an on-demand shuttle service that aims to meet travel needs for residents in hard-to-reach locations. He also leveraged technology and data analysis to drive decision-making, creating an interface through which residents can call wheelchair-accessible taxis to enhance efficiency and make it easier to travel.