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GREEN HITS RED: No More Go For Hybrid Taxis In NYC

Posted on March 2, 2011 by LCT Staff - Also by this author - About the author

CLEAR PRECEDENT EMERGES: The U.S. Supreme Court declines an appealed case that would have mandated emissions standards for taxis. The decision works in favor of ground transportation operators concerned that green vehicles are not as comfortable, durable, and affordable as conventional ones.

NEW YORK — The Bloomberg administration banned cars from parts of Broadway, prohibited smoking in public parks and cracked down on fats and salts in restaurants.

But City Hall’s march toward better living, regardless of whether citizens really want it, may have finally met a yellow-hued Waterloo.

The United States Supreme Court on Monday declined to consider an appeal by the city on its longstanding effort to mandate fuel emissions standards in New York City’s taxicabs, using up the legal options for a policy that had twice been struck down by lower courts.

[LCT EDITOR’S NOTE: This case is being closely watched by the Greater California Livery Association and other industry associations contending with green vehicle mandates from state, local, and airport governments. LCT ARTICLE ON CALIFORNIA GREEN LIMO RULES]

HYBRID TAXI NEW YORK ARTICLE HERE

Source: The New York Times

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