The Nissan Taxi of Tomorrow is in jeopardy as a state court rejected Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s program, stating that it is an overreach of executive authority.
Taxi magnate Evgeny Friedman and the Greater New York Taxi Association sued to block the Taxi of Tomorrow on the grounds that New York’s Taxi and Limousine Commission doesn’t have the authority to compel most cab owners to purchase the Nissan NV200 Taxi of Tomorrow. The court sided with them and the decision could potentially block the plan of requiring most new taxi vehicles to use the Nissan NV200 starting on October 28, 2013.
Production of the Nissan NV200 recently started in Mexico after the Japanese automaker won the contract to design and build the Taxi of Tomorrow in a competition overseen by the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission. The contract would still allow Nissan to recoup its design and production costs if the taxi project is cancelled by the city.
“We are disappointed in the court’s decision, but it will not prevent our plan to start upgrading the NYC taxi fleet with the Nissan Taxi of Tomorrow at the end of the month,” Nissan said in a statement.
GALLERY: Nissan Taxi of Tomorrow
[Source: Wall Street Journal]
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