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NYC Judge Rules Nissan NV200 Taxi Contract Legal

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 6/12/2014 Christian Seabaugh

The Nissan NV200 Taxi of Tomorrow lives. After being tied up in legal battles over the past two years, an appellate court judge has ruled that the Taxi of Tomorrow program, mandating all New York City taxis for the next 10 years be Nissan NV200s, is completely legal.

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According to Manhattan appeals court Justice David B. Saxe, the Taxi of Tomorrow program mandating the exclusive use of the NV200 Taxi for a decade is a "legally appropriate response to the [Taxi & Limousine Commission]'s statutory obligation to produce a 21st-century taxicab consistent with the broad interests and perspectives that the agency is charged with protecting," Bloomberg reports.

The selection of the Nissan NV200 Taxi as New York City's next taxi cab has been fraught with legal challenges. Hacks at first weren't happy because they liked having a choice of which taxi to drive, and then they were unhappy because the NV200 Taxi isn't offered as a hybrid yet. To the latter point, the Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC) amended its rules, allowing cabbies to purchase either the NV200, or a similarly sized hybrid, until Nissan finally rolls out the NV200 Taxi Hybrid, which was in development as of this time last year.

The Nissan NV200 Taxi officially went into service in New York City in October of last year. The Nissan van will serve as the City's exclusive cab until October of 2023.

Source: Bloomberg


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