Lower crash rates for taxis and liveries are the upshot of a significant drop in the number of taxi and livery crashes over the past decade. The number of taxi and livery crashes declined by 12 percent from 2003 to 2004, and by a total of 28 percent since
• There were 9,128 taxi/livery crashes in New York City in 2004, a decline from 10,361 in 2003 and from 13,126 in 1999.
• The decline is primarily from a reduced number of livery crashes. The 5,964 livery crashes in 2004 is the lowest number in over a decade, and a 42% decline since 1999.
• The number of taxi crashes has fluctuated in the range of 3,000 to 4,000 since 1996.