A legal battle between New York City and the Metropolitan Taxicab Board of Trade has
been put on hold after the Supreme Court refused to hear NYC's appeal last week.
2007, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg planned to make all
13,000 of NYC's taxi's hybrids by
2012 due to Ford's decision to shut down a plant in Canada known for producing
Crown Victoria's and Lincoln Town Cars. In 2007, only 375 taxis were hybrids
while 11,700 Crown Vic taxis were in operation.
the number of Crown Victorias was down to 8,200. Today, about 4,300 of the
city's cabs are hybrids. Camry Hybrids, Altima Hybrids and Escape Hybrids are
just a few you can see cruising the streets of NYC today.
taxi owners brought a suit against the city opposing Bloomberg's plan to
mandate all taxi drivers to purchase hybrids.
court judges ruled, "The power to regulate emissions standards belongs to
the federal government." The city proposed a minimum fuel efficiency
of 25 mpg in all city cabs, and also proposed that all taxicab owners with
hybrids could charge higher leases on their taxis. Judge Paul A. Crotty of
Federal District Court in Manhattan rejected both proposals. Once the case
reached the Supreme Court, the court refused
to hear the city's appeal.
are disappointed that the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to clarify a law that
has very large nationwide environmental implications," said city
Corporation Counsel Michael Cardozo.
said NYC would now lobby Congress to adjust the law in which the ruling was
based on. Other cities are now joining NYC's appeal concerns regarding the
environment. According to Cardozo, these cities are looking for solutions to
problems like climate
change, and "the federal government seems unable to address those
and Limousine Commission is holding a contest to find a replacement taxi
vehicle by 2014, which will take the place of all Crown Victorias left on the
road. The TLC also currently has a list of 12 vehicles that can be used as
taxis, and nine of these include
hybrids. To limit the list to hybrids only would lead to similar legal
issues and approach the boundaries of federal regulatory authority.