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Green Ride Global Supporting Black Cars at NYC TLC Hearing

LCT Staff
Posted on April 16, 2008

TORONTO, Ont. — New York City’s proposed rules governing minimum miles per gallon (MPG) for black cars will be challenged by Green Ride Global (GRG) at the Taxi and Limousine Commission’s public hearing on April 17. Ian Lipton, GRG’s Chief Operating Officer, will present testimony to the commission urging them to reconsider the rule.

“Requiring minimum MPG vehicles is not an accurate or reliable way of reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” says Lipton. “Why is that? Because a vehicle that is rated at 25 or 30 MPG can produce greater emissions than one rated at 18 MPG.”

Lipton says that driving behavior, not vehicle rating, is what causes emissions. “By forcing black car fleets to transition to 25 and eventually 30 MPG vehicles, the commission is placing an unnecessary financial burden on those companies,” says Lipton.

The alternative solution that Green Ride Global recommends is focused on the measurement and reduction of GHG emissions at their source, consisting of third-party measurements and reporting. Emissions reductions would then be achieved through driver behavior modification, fuel efficiency devices, and alternative fuel conversions.

“The most environmentally sound solution is to maximize the fuel efficiency of the fleet, rather than make them replace those vehicles,” says Lipton. “A well designed and managed environmental sustainability program will put a Lincoln Town Car on the same level environmentally as a Lexus RX 400 hybrid.”

For black car owners, reducing GHG emissions corresponds to reducing fuel use, which saves money.

Source: Green Ride Global press release

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