New York City is finally moving ahead with a new generation of yellow taxis after Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration on Friday agreed to require most taxi operators to buy the “Taxi of Tomorrow” starting April 20.
The Nissan NV200 minivan was named the city’s official taxi by de Blasio’s predecessor, Michael Bloomberg. Officials in the yellow taxi industry then sued, and the measure has been tied up in court.
De Blasio, who has many supporters in the industry, also opposed the plan. But faced with Nissan suing if the city did not honor the agreement, his administration shifted gears.
Nissan no longer has the exclusive agreement to make taxis. But officials said the Taxi of Tomorrow should make up about 80 percent of the fleet.