Livery Base Owners has asked the Taxi and Limousine Commission to let drivers bring their licensed guns to work with them to protect themselves from would-be robbers and violent passengers.
The call to arms was made during discussions with the TLC as it fashions rules for its five-borough taxi plan, according to records obtained by the Daily News.
The TLC is expected to vote on the rules Thursday, but officials will likely shoot down the idea of drivers stashing their pieces in their glove compartments.
In a staff summary, the TLC disagrees with the suggestion by the Livery Base Owners, a big backer of the five-borough plan. The Bloomberg administration plan would let livery drivers pick up street hails just like yellow cabs in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, the Bronx and northern Manhattan.
“It is important for public safety and perception to disallow any weapons in the vehicle,” the TLC wrote in response to the suggestion, records show.
The trade group represents 128 bases that dispatch about 9,700 livery cars.
“We are always concerned about the safety and security of drivers in our industry, so related issues were part of dozens of issues discussed by us and TLC representatives,” the group’s spokeswoman, Cira Angeles, said in a statement to The News.
Yellow taxi and livery cab advocates say a hack’s job is one of the most dangerous in the city, with more than 400 robbed in 2010.
That year, a Queens hack was shot dead over a $12 fare. In 2011, a livery driver was fatally shot in the head during a $71 robbery in the Bronx.
The News exclusively reported Tuesday that state Sen. Eric Adams (D-Brooklyn) and Transport Workers Union Local 100 want to give transit workers the option of carrying Tasers to protect themselves and their riders.
Training and equipping bus drivers, subway conductors and other “frontline” workers with Tasers would deter assaults on transit workers, which are on the rise, Local 100 President John Samuelsen said.
Subway workers and bus drivers were physically assaulted 94 times last year, up from 72 recorded incidents the prior year.
Transit workers were harassed, including being spit upon, 1,092 times last year, after 936 such incidents were logged in 2010.
The MTA and NYPD oppose the proposed legislation with police pointing out they don’t even let rank-and-file officers carry Tasers.
Only sergeants and Emergency Service Unit members who receive additional training have the weapons.