Even though there is now a New York judge’s decision to block the plan to use a single taxi model in the city, the Nissan vehicles can still be acquired.
Even if they will not be the only cabs allowed on the city streets, the vehicles costing almost $30,000 will still be sold to individuals and fleet owners who choose to buy them. Nissan is producing the NV200 vans with sliding doors and skylight windows in Mexico, with some modified for wheelchair users in Indiana.
Supreme Court Justice Shlomo Hagler ruled on Oct. 8 against the city, saying it actually went out of its mandate when asked cab operators to only buy a remodeled taxi version of Nissan’s NV200 van. And, unless Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration can win an appeal before Dec. 31, when the mayor leaves office, the effort to standardize a fleet of 15,237 cabs with the Nissan-built vans could be doomed.
“Aside from its being by far the safest taxicab ever designed, the NV200 has superior leg room, a panoramic roof and a host of other comforts and amenities,” said Taxi and Limousine Commission Chairman David Yassky. The model sells for a top price of $29,700, fully equipped.
Bhairavi Desai, spokeswoman and organizer of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, a drivers’ union, also supported the Bloomberg program, saying it “allows us to use our collective purchasing power to lower the sales costs and have an unprecedented 150,000-mile warranty.”
On the other hand, both major-party candidates who seek Bloomberg’s mayor chair said they support taxi fleet owners’ that are against the mayor’s plan and promised they won’t pursue a further appeal.