The city maintains records of licenses and is the authority on the number of carriage drivers. Hyperbole should not enter into the discussion, the Coalition maintains.
There are 263 licensed drivers in the carriage trade, according to the Department of Consumer Affairs, as of March 24, and several of them are not actively working in New York City. Among this number are several living in other countries and working in other states. They hold on to the inexpensive license to build up their numbers.
As for all the drivers being Teamsters, not so ― according to an official and authoritative source, Teamster boss Demos Demopoulos, who gave the figure of roughly 120 members to Sarina Trangle in a recent City & State article.
In fact, this is less than half the number of licensed drivers. What it means is that this is not a union shop, and thus it does not provide any benefits to workers (ie, medical, vacation, sick days). Many of the workers are misclassified as consultants rather than as employees, and as such are not able to qualify for sick days under the new city law. This impacts government taxes and should be investigated.