Judge blocks NYC plan for new taxis

Judge blocks NYC's plan for uniform fleet of taxis, says makes no provision for hybrids

Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) -- A judge has blocked New York City's plan for a mandatory uniform fleet of yellow taxis, ruling it violated a provision requiring a hybrid option.

The city's so-called Taxi of Tomorrow, a Nissan NV-200, is not a hybrid.

The judge's decision Wednesday declared the law creating the uniform fleet "null and void."

But the new taxis could still go forward. The Taxi and Limousine Commission had anticipated the judge's ruling. It said it will vote on a proposed rule that would allow drivers to continue using hybrids provided they met minimum size requirements.

The commission said in a statement that the new fleet's adoption later this year wouldn't be delayed.

City officials didn't challenge the judge's decision.

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