Taxi Operators Sue TLC and Mayor Bloomberg Over Nissan NV200 Taxi of Tomorrow image

Taxi operators in New York City are suing Mayor Michael Bloomberg and TLC over the rule to make the Nissan NV200 the city’s official taxi for a decade starting next year.

“Taxicab medallion and vehicle owners, who have long been permitted to choose from among dozens of different vehicles by numerous manufacturers, will have all choices eliminated and will instead be required to purchase and drive the NV200 and NV200 only,” the plaintiffs said in the lawsuit.

Taxi operators complain that they have never been forced to drive a specific car model, not even in the heyday of the iconic Checker cab, when many of them chose to drive the Ford Galaxie and Plymouth Fury. The plaintiffs say that selecting the NV200 as New York’s official taxi was an illegal decision.

Taxi operators complain that the car hasn’t even been tested in its “normal operating conditions,” such as driving the van in stop-and-go traffic all day long and also that the vehicle’s 2.0-liter 135-hp I-4 mated to a CVT that “does not appear to have the durability to be able to withstand the wear and tear for the years of service and mileage required by NYC yellow cabs.”