New York City may get its wish for a hybrid taxi fleet after all. After a setback in which the city saw a federal appeals court strike down its plan to require all new taxis to be hybrids, New York state congress is considering a bill, New York’s “Green Taxis Act”, which will allow individual municipalities to set their own fuel-efficiency standards for their taxi fleets.
Currently fuel-efficiency standards can only be regulated on the federal level.
I like this law because it allows cities greater control of their own energy policy. For large cities like New York, a simple adjustment in policy such as this can add up to huge fuel savings given the sheer volume of taxis on New York City streets. This could also help with New York City’s plans to choose a new, fuel efficient taxi design.