NEW YORK’S NEW TAXIS STALLED

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NewYork City’s“Taxi of Tomorrow”has had the brakes ap­plied by the state Supreme Court. In his rul­ing, Jus­tice Shlomo Ha­gler agreed with cab own­ers who chal­lenged the au­thor­ity of the city Taxi and Limou­sine Com­mis­sion to or­der them to be­gin re­plac­ing the ex­ist­ing fleet start­ing at the end of Oc­to­ber.

The jus­tice said the com­mis­sion had over­stepped its au­thor­ity by re­quir­ing own­ers to be­ing grad­u­ally re­plac­ing the vast ma­jor­ity of the city’s roughly 13,000 taxis.

Of­fi­cials vowed to ap­peal the rul­ing, but for now the de­ci­sion halts the city’s plan to re­place NewYork’s yel­low cab fleet with mini­vanstyle ve­hi­cles. The taxi com­mis­sion had cho­sen the Nis­san NV-200 in 2011 and cab own­ers were to have started re­plac­ing most re­tir­ing cabs with new ve­hi­cle start­ing Oct. 28.

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