NEW YORK’S NEW TAXIS STALLED
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.