NEW YORK – The New York City Taxicab & Limousine Commission has decided to postpone the Black Car miles per gallon (mpg) regulation for one year.
The regulation, which would have required newly licensed Black Cars to meet a standard of 25 miles per gallon starting January 1, 2009 (increasing to 30 mpg the following year) is being postponed until January 2010. The mandatory vehicle retirement requirements that were also part of these regulations has also been deferred for one year.
“I would like to announce that, due to the impact of the economic slowdown on the black car industry (which has now been officially termed a recession), the TLC has decided to defer the implementation of the mpg regulation for a period of one year," said TLC
Commissioner Matthew Daus. "Another factor in the decision was the recession’s effect on companies that had committed to participate in a special loan fund to assist in the purchase of hybrid vehicles.
This means that the required purchase of vehicles achieving a city rating of 25 mpg for use as black cars will be deferred for a period of one year – modifying the compliance date from January 1, 2009 to January 1, 2010. The mandatory vehicle retirement requirements that were also part of these regulations has likewise been deferred."
Source: Black Car News