City Approves Hybrid Taxi Models

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Responding to a deadline to approve at least one type of hybrid car model for use as a taxi, the city approved six. That leaves it up to taxi owners to choose whether they prefer a Ford, Toyota, Honda or Lexus.

REPORTER: The environmentally friendly vehicles are thousands of dollars more then the current taxi fleet of Crown Victorias. But Taxi and Limousine Commission's Matthew Daus says insentives lower fuel costs and tax breaks make them more affordable.

DAUS: We took one step forward for clean air and we are going to work with the manufacturers to make sure we build them to what New Yorkers and out tourists want to see in new York city cabs.

REPORTER: Daus initially resisted approving a hybrid models because he said there wasn't enough leg room. He says cameras will be used instead of partitions to save space. As many as 2,000 hybrids could be on the city streets over the next year as older model cars are retired.

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