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Judge Taps Brakes On "Taxi Of Tomorrow" Plan

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The city hits a potential roadblock over its so-called "Taxi of Tomorrow."

A State Supreme Court judge ruled against the city's plan yesterday, saying it violates a previous city law requiring taxi drivers to have the option of using a hybrid.

The Nissan NV-200 was chosen as the next generation cab, but is currently not offered as a hybrid.

The Taxi and Limousine Commission had planned to vote today on a proposal that would allow drivers to buy hybrids until the Nissan is available with that option.

But the vote was called off and has not been rescheduled.

Taxi and Limousine Commissioner David Yassky says he is confident the ruling will not affect the new taxi's rollout later this year.

In a statement, he said, "The TLC is acting immediately to ensure that taxi owners will continue to have the option to purchase a hybrid vehicle, even once the Taxi of Tomorrow hits the road in October. This ruling will not delay the Taxi of Tomorrow's implementation."

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