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In NYC, a New Obstacle to the ‘Taxi of Tomorrow’

(New York Times)

New York City’s attempt to reimagine its taxicab experience, perhaps the least divisive of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s legacy-making transportation efforts, now appears to be the most at risk.

The so-called Taxi of Tomorrow, a nearly complete redesign of the modern taxi, would be the first since the age of the Checker cab. Now, that is imperiled.

A recent suit filed by the Greater New York Taxi Association challenges that the Taxi of Tomorrow plan violates a little-known section of the city’s administrative code because the vehicle, a Nissan NV200, is not a hybrid.