The yellow taxicabs of NYC aren't going green anytime soon. A federal judge just blocked a city administration plan to require the owners and operators of yellow taxicabs to switch to more fuel-efficient hybrids.
The Bloomberg administration wanted to implement a virtual all-hybrid fleet by 2012, a move opposed by taxi owners who said the city was overstepping its bounds. The federal judge agreed and said that it was up to the federal government to set fuel economy and vehicle emission standards.
Mayor Mike Bloomberg called the decision disappointing and said the city was looking at appealing the decision. Cities have a responsibility, he said, to clean up their air and not be forced to rely on regulations from Washington.
“The decision is not a ruling against hybrid cabs,” he said in a statement. “Instead, the ruling supports archaic Washington regulations… and therefore New York City and all other cities are prevented from choosing to create cleaner air and a healthier place to live.”
Cab owners argued in a lawsuit filed in September that hybrid vehicles were not designed to withstand the heavy wear and tear that NYC cabs endure. Ron Sherman, president of the Metropolitan Taxicab Board of Trade, said in a statement earlier this year that NYC cabs clock upwards of 100,000 miles a year, often running 24 hours a day. Using hybrids as cabs doesn't make sense, he said because it “ignore[s] the laws of physics, which dictates that the larger the vehicle's interior space, the safer the vehicle's occupants are in an accident.”
written by omegaman66, November 03, 2008
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