Justice Schlomo Hagler may have just put a big dent in Nissan's plans to rule New York City's taxi fleets and outgoing Mayor Mike Bloomberg's vision of a unified fleet of yellow cabs.

As an October 28 deadline approached that would see all current, non-hybrid taxis replaced over by the Nissan NV200 over a three-to-five-year span, the legal battle that's enveloped the Taxi of Tomorrow program from the start has intensified. In a lawsuit, the Greater New York Taxi Association claims New York's Taxi and Limousine Commission overstepped its powers in mandating that taxi fleets are refitted with the NV200, according to the New York Daily News. This isn't the first time the courts have sided with the cabbies in the ToT debate.

Justice Hagler agreed with the cabbies, striking down the Taxi of Tomorrow purchasing requirements, and saying, "Simply stated, the power to contract and compel medallion owners to purchase the Nissan NV200 from Nissan for ten years does not exist in the City Charter," according to The Wall Street Journal.

This is still a fluid situation, but we'll stay with it as more information becomes available.

UPDATE: Nissan USA spokesperson Travis Parman said via email, "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. Given the specific NYC taxi research and development that we have conducted, we are confident that the Nissan taxi provides optimal safety, comfort and convenience for passengers and drivers alike. We are evaluating options for next steps regarding the exclusivity contract.


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      drewpy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well. It's a great move, so the cabbies now have an extra bargaining chip. Nissan has competition. Competition is always good.
        iamderekw
        • 1 Year Ago
        @drewpy
        Unless a politicians ego is involved or there's money to be had.....
      Deneway
      • 1 Year Ago
      The entire thing has been wrong from start to finish. NYC should have approved a range of taxi vehicles for use. One gas guzzling non hybrid was so wrong on many levels.
      raktmn
      • 1 Year Ago
      At least nobody's gonna steal those wheels....
      Louis MacKenzie
      • 1 Year Ago
      Competition is good, mandate is bad. Better is offering incentives that are also equal to the benefit of the city. (i.e. not too much incentives but good incentives over the longer period.)
      flammablewater
      • 1 Year Ago
      Are they forcing the cabbies to get rid of still functioning Crown Vics, or are they just obligated to Purchase the Nissan for new cabs and replacements?
        Dean
        • 1 Year Ago
        @flammablewater
        Technically, NY TLC is not 'forcing' cabbies (or fleet garages) to change their vehicles, they're changing the list of approved vehicles that can be used in taxi service. Vehicles used as taxis can only stay in service until they hit a certain age and/or mileage cap, after which point, an exemption may be applied for. When the vehicle is replaced, it can only be replaced by a vehicle off of their list of approved vehicles.
      kajohns64
      • 1 Year Ago
      Time for the Checker EV
      • 1 Year Ago
      [blocked]
      FuelToTheFire
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good. That thing is ugly as hell and probably extremely uncomfortable. I don't know why no one has thought about this yet, but why not replace the uncomfortable Priuses and ancient CrownVics with conversion van taxis? I mean, FULL SIZED conversion vans like the E series. A conversion van maker like Sherrod Vans could be contracted to make taxis for the city. These conversion vans are extremely comfortable, extremely tough, extremely spacious, and have excellent third row access. They would make excellent taxis.
        KaiserWilhelm
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        Are you insane? Filling NYC with fullsize vans which will usually carry one person sounds like a good idea to you?
          superchan7
          • 1 Year Ago
          @KaiserWilhelm
          Remember, this guy requires a Suburban as a MINIMUM to carry his family around and feel safe. God forbid he get into a collision driving an Equinox. Everyone knows those things will crumple up like a mailbox, and a Sonic would crumple up against a pedestrian, killing the driver.
      • 1 Year Ago
      [blocked]
      KaiserWilhelm
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good! Bloomberg is a fascist and needs to be humbled from time to time.
      herrstreet
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't know where it's made, but it just feels wrong that this is a Japanese car in NYC. I'm not normally one to get provincial but can't Ford or GM muster up something that would do the job?
        BahamaTodd
        • 1 Year Ago
        @herrstreet
        They're built in Mexico
        William Cervini
        • 1 Year Ago
        @herrstreet
        Answer: NO!
        KaiserWilhelm
        • 1 Year Ago
        @herrstreet
        There are already random Prius' and Sienna minivans in NYC, have been for years.
        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @herrstreet
        Chevy City Express...is that what you had in mind?
        Street King
        • 1 Year Ago
        @herrstreet
        The fact that they aren't (or Chrysler for that matter) probably means the adverse affect is worse than the wholesale initial fleet sales from it. Ford could've easily re-done the crown vic to keep the police and cab market, but they chose not to.
        Grendal
        • 1 Year Ago
        @herrstreet
        How about Tesla Model X? That's very American.
      AcidTonic
      • 1 Year Ago
      Forced to buy auto insurance (from anyone) recently forced to buy health insurance (from anyone) But this here is another step too far because it doesn't let people shop around. What if the particular NV200 has a certain ergonomic problem for say a cabbie with a hip replacement or artificial knee.... Those guys go test drive a bunch of vehicles until they find one that doesn't hurt. Imagine literally being forced to buy a car you don't want. (Forced to buy Ford if you love imports, or forced to buy Nissan if you hate imports) Think about how that makes you feel..... I'm glad this was struck down. Government is going a little too far with it's marriage to corporations. Compete in the marketplace if you're a corp.... Forced purchasing of a specific brand is just a little totatlitarian for my tastes.
        Dean Hammond
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AcidTonic
        good post, and very true, however, the forcing is at the hands of Bloomberg and his New York cronies I beleive....I think they also required cupholders that wouldnt hold 40oz cups.....( lol...NY is nuts. )
        billfrombuckhead
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AcidTonic
        This country was founded on the principle of keeping cheap English tea out the American market. That's what the original Tea party was about, killing off smuggler John Hancock's competition. The English tea was cheaper even after the tax! http://www.boston-tea-party.org/smuggling/John-Hancock.html
        AcidTonic
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AcidTonic
        sorry for the double post :(
        Timbo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AcidTonic
        Preach!!
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