New York Judge Strikes Down Taxi of Tomorrow Program
Ruling Says Taxi and Limousine Commission Overstepped Authority
At one time looking like a virtual cash cow for Nissan, the controversial Taxi of Tomorrow program spearheaded by New York City's Taxi and Limousine Commission has been under constant attack nearly since its inception. Disability advocates criticized the choice of the Nissan NV200, saying it was not wheelchair-accessible without special modifications. Environmental activists criticized the choice for not offering a eco-friendly hybrid option. Now, The New York Times reports that a New York State Supreme Court judge has ruled the entire Taxi of Tomorrow program is invalid, and that that the TLC was operating outside of its specified authority in mandating that all taxi operators purchase the same vehicle.
In his ruling, Justice Shlomo S. Hagler said it was the province of the New York City Council, not the TLC to make a policy decision regarding the mandate of a single type of cab. The city's corporation counsel says it plans to immediately appeal the decision, and claims it's within the authority of the TLC to mandate a taxi model for operators within the city. Democratic and Republican candidates hoping to succeed Mayor Michael Bloomberg have criticized the Taxi of Tomorrow program. The Bloomberg administration has also been hands-on with the regulation of taxi-hailing smartphone apps and street-hail livery taxis serving areas of the city outside Manhattan.
Source: The New York Times