Annie sang: “Tomorrow, Tomorrow, you’re always a day away!”
And so it is with the Taxi of Tomorrow.
The planed rollout has been delayed again by a ruling by the New York Court of Appeals. The court, the state’s highest, granted a stay in a continuing appeal over the vehicle.
The puts efforts to phase in the Nissan NV200 as the only acceptable New York yellow taxi on hold while the court decides an appeal brought by a a prominent taxi owners group. The NYC TLC had April 20 as the date after which most taxi owners would have to switch to the new vehicle when they retire their cabs.
The Greater New York Taxi Association has opposed the NV200, arguing that the Bloomberg administration exceeded its authority by trying to force drivers to buy a certain vehicle. Traditionally, the TLC had established standards for taxicabs, but allowed any car that met those standards to be used as a yellow cab. The TLC’s long-delayed plan does not apply to livery cabs or black cars, which now outnumber yellow cabs.