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The Big Apple has gotten a little greener thanks to its new Boro Taxis that sport an Apple Green finish, helping to give all those that live in the boroughs outside of Manhattan and Northern Manhattan a ride.
This is the first time in New York’s storied history that taxi service outside of Manhattan has become law, giving New Yorkers in all five boroughs safe and legal street hail service. To set it apart from all the other yellow taxis that have become a staple in New York culture, Apple Green was chosen to make the Boro Taxis as distinct as possible.
“Apple Green is very fitting for the new Boro Taxis,” said Commissioner Yassky. “It’s pleasing to the eye, easy to see from a distance and blends well with the urban landscape. Just as the yellow taxi and the black car were once new services that became a trusted part of their users’ lives, the Boro Taxi, too, will take its long-awaited place as a part of the city’s comprehensive transportation network.”
A total of 18,000 Boro Taxi permits will be made available over three years with the first batch of 6,000 being issued starting this June. Each permit will cost $1,500 and will be valid for three years. Only already-licensed livery drivers and vehicle owners will be able to apply for the first batch.
All the Apple Green Boro Taxis will also be equipped with credit card machines, roof lights, and GPS vehicle location devices to help the return of lost property.
The New York State Congress is now mulling the Green Taxis Act, a bill which would permit individual municipalities to set their own taxi fleet fuel-efficiency standards. These sorts of fuel efficiency rules are presently only mandated and regulated by the federal government.
Advocates say New York’s attempt to set an example is generally a good idea, as it could set a precedent for other cities to control their own energy policy. Additionally, with all the taxis in New York, a policy adjustment in favor of more economical cabs would undoubtedly multiply fuel savings and reduced pollution.
If the proposal goes all the way through to law, it would also enable New York to create its own new style taxi. Presently, several hybrid minivan-style designs have been suggested as the Big Apple looks to improve its image and become more green.
[Source: Gas 2.0]