With over 13,000 taxis in Manhattan, it's easy to blend in. Over half of those taxis are of the Crown Victoria variety, while a quarter are Ford Escape models. Hybrids are beginning to enter the New York taxi fleets in solid numbers, but a certain model has been singled out as being "too powerful."

The New York Times reports that The Taxi and Limousine Commission has recently passed a regulation removing the Lexus RX 450h from the list of approved cabs. We've never thought of the RX hybrid as "too powerful," but that doesn't seem to matter to the commission.

The move, while a bit odd, will only affect six cab owners. But those owners dropped over $40,000 for their high-end taxis, and more money was spent adding the required yellow paint, lights, a camera and television screen. The owners are hoping to have their Lexus cabs grandfathered in before the Nissan NV200 van is officially ushered in as the Taxi of Tomorrow, but the Taxi and Limousine Commission isn't commenting on the issue.

For our money, it seems as though the Commission is a bit off on this one. After all, most any passenger is going to enjoy the luxury taxi experience, especially since the fares are the same as they are in an Escape or Crown Vic. And "too powerful?" Seriously?


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      kcroc10077
      • 3 Years Ago
      Don't know the details but it seems these six operators are biting into someone's profits who has influence over the commission. So they use their influence and "legislate" the competition out.
      Mike K
      • 3 Years Ago
      This smells like fish...
      Bobby D
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sorry kids, The application of the power (too much or too little) is directly related to how far, the moron behind the wheel, the right foot is pushed down towards the floor!!!!! Let see, wanna go go slow? Push a little!! Wanna go fast, push a ton!!! Pretty simple, we had this figured out years ago in Pennsylvania. Might be to hard for a New Yorker to figure out OR the T & LC have never actually driven a car and really don't know how this piece of technology works!!!
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cars, Lexus cars included, have this amazing thing called a gas pedal. It's skinny, on the right hand side, and controls how powerful a car is based on how far you press it down. Apparently no one in the Taxi and Limousine Commission has ever driven a car before.
      kcroc10077
      • 3 Years Ago
      Don't know the details but it seems these six operators are biting into someone's profits who has influence over the commission. So they use their influence and "legislate" the competition out.
      peakarach1
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think those politicians need to be fire asap.
      fabadabean
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why does it matter what kind of car the cabbies drive? As long as it has a back seat big enough to fit 3 adults, who cares? I love riding in cabs in Europe - BMWs, Mercedes, Audis, etc... so many nice cars. You don't see the governments cracking down on them! (And don't say it's because of the high speeds... highways everywhere but Germany are limited to 80mph, and most of these cabs are smaller-engined diesels). Point being: who cares what kind of car is turned into a cab? NYC really needs to focus on what's important...
      pwr2lbs
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is what our law makers are spending time on? Piss off!!!
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      Matt
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why do I smell the Unions behind this?
      jinushaun
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yet another example of NYC imposing its own set of morality on every one else. Reminds me of the attempted salt ban a while back. I'm a strong believer in the need for "big govt" regulatory agencies to prevent corporations from screwing over consumers, but this is just ridiculous and arbitrary.
        John Galt
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jinushaun
        Um... Are you aware that big government regulatory agencies do one thing and one thing only? They protect those in the industry from accountability and ensure that they don't get any new competition because the rules are designed specifically to help out those that are already there. And guess what? If you have no rules, a few get hurt from the bad business man... and then he goes out of business. When the government regulates, it comes with force. You don't have a choice but to use the services that the government oks and then you're screwed. This is exactly a case of this, but there are tens of thousands of examples all over this country. (licencing for flower arranging anyone??? I kid you not!) Government regulation doesn't protect the consumer. It protects crony businesses with friends in government. (just ask Comcast after buying NBC if they got their money's worth!)
          Mike K
          • 3 Years Ago
          @John Galt
          Do you live in New York City, or the NYC Metro area?? If not, your response need not apply. This is more of bloombergs goons imposing personal feelings.
          EZEE
          • 3 Years Ago
          @John Galt
          Yes Ford, Bush reduced regulation and the size of government. Oh no wait, he increased the size of government by 20%. If you are talking about those who got 'hurt' - maybe the housing crash? Bush (or, as you might say, "Chimpy McHitler") tried to reign in Fannie May and Freddie Mac from underwriting and, through the CRA, requiring banks to make bad loans, but liberals called him racist (what's new) an said there was no problem - Maxine Waters, Barney Frank, John Conyers...the whole lot. Know your facts, don't just run on emotion. If you do not know what the CRA is, they spawned the growth of ACORN (the ones that supported illegal immigrant tax evading child sex slave operations).
          • 3 Years Ago
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      Dan Carter
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sorry, but only New Yorkers get to criticize this. If you haven't been in a NY cab when your cabbie swerved into oncoming traffic, drove on the sidewalk, or committed a hit and run then you don't get to say what you think should be done with NY cabs. I actually think this is stupid, because I want the safety of a Lexus when my driver plunges me into the East River.
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