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NYC taxi boss Meera Joshi to step down

Meera Joshi, the head of the Taxi and Limousine Commission, will step down from the role in March, Mayor de Blasio announced Saturday.

Her tenure, which began in 2014, was marked by huge challenges to traditional cabbies as the popularity of Uber and Lyft skyrocketed.

Recent years saw the app-happy competition drive the value of a taxi medallion down from over $1 million to $175,000, according to TLC data.

Joshi sought to mitigate the damage, and is credited with helping push Uber and Lyft to submit to stricter regulations in NYC than they have accepted elsewhere in the country.

“In this unprecedented period of growth, Meera has brought about equally unprecedented and vital change,” de Blasio said in a statement.

Hizzoner also credited Joshi with leading a 50-percent reduction of fatalities in crashes involving taxis and for-hire vehicles in the last year.

Joshi, who was the TLC’s general counsel before becoming boss, laid the groundwork for regulating ride-hail apps by seeking data the services previously kept hidden.

That paved the way for a guaranteed minimum hourly wage of $15 for e-hail drivers, as well as a wheelchair-accessible dispatch program.

“That data has enabled us to do a lot of policy making that needed to be done and hasn’t been done in other jurisdictions,” she told Crain’s last month. “Hopefully we can serve as a model.”

She also opposed a congestion pricing plan passed in Albany that would have slapped new surcharges on for-hire car rides below 96th Street in Manhattan starting on Jan. 1.

A judge blocked that plan last month, after cab drivers filed suit.

Still, the industry disruption resulted in tragedy for some traditional cabbies.

At least eight yellow cab drivers committed suicide after finding they could no longer support their families or make loan payments for their devalued medallions.

The mayor said he will name a new commissioner in the coming months.

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