New York City taxi riders should be seeing a big change in the next few years since the Taxi of Tomorrow program just won a crucial battle in New York appeals court. The latest decision has overturned a previous ruling that prevented cab drivers from having to purchase the Nissan NV200 van – a car that promises to not only be more fuel efficient, but also more comfortable for passengers.
In 2011, Nissan won a 10-year contract under the Taxi of Tomorrow plan, which would force all New York City taxi drivers to switch to the NV200 within three to five years. The New York Taxi Association is fighting the decision because the NV200 does not have a hybrid powertrain, possibly making it more expensive to operate. Last year, state Supreme Court judge Schlomo Hagler stated that the city could not force a taxi driver to choose a specific vehicle.
The latest statement from Justice David B. Saxe states that the Taxi of Tomorrow program is a “legally appropriate response to the agency’s statutory obligation to produce a 21st-century taxicab consistent with the broad interests and perspectives that the agency is charged with protecting.”