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New York: Panel Enacts Incentives for Hybrids in Cab Fleets

Source:  Copyright 2009, New York Times
Date:  March 26, 2009
Byline:  William Neuman
Original URL: Status ONLINE

The Bloomberg administration moved forward on Thursday with its latest attempt to get taxicab owners to replace their old gas guzzlers with hybrid or other low-emission vehicles.

Toward that end, the Taxi and Limousine Commission enacted a set of incentives that allows taxi fleet owners to charge drivers more to drive hybrid or clean diesel cabs.

The new rules, which take effect May 1, will also penalize fleet owners by lowering the amount they can charge to lease cabs that use more fuel and pollute more, like the Ford Crown Victoria, the most common type of taxi.

“Taxi fleet owners will have more reason to purchase cleaner vehicles,” Mr. Bloomberg said in a statement after the commission’s vote. “The result will be more clean taxis on city streets.”

Mr. Bloomberg proposed the incentives last fall, after an earlier set of rules mandating fuel-efficient cabs was blocked by opponents in federal court.

On Thursday, those opponents ...

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