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Judge blocks plan for all-Nissan New York taxi fleet

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High time they got rid of those awful old Ford whatever they are's

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I agree there is flimsy ground for exclusivity. NYC should just draw guidelines on how the taxis of the future should be and let various service providers /car makers bid on their provision.

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If the new taxis are inaccessible to wheelchairs- IT'S A NON STARTER.

NYC City council will be relentlessly sued by disability advocates citing the AMERICANS WITH DISABILITY ACT which prohibits discrimination against with people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodation, etc.

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"Exclusivity"? Sounds more like a typical big-government/big-business deal full of juicy kickbacks for all parties involved. It is not the city's responsibility to choose what cars will be taxis. Taxi companies and drivers know what they want, and they buy it. Most of the taxi fleet is made up of former government vehicles, which were well-maintained, and cost very little. Buying a fleet of brand-new taxis is either going to screw the taxpayer or customers, the only parties who will benefit are Bloomberg and his cronies.

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If the new taxis are inaccessible to wheelchairs- IT'S A NON STARTER.

NYC City council will be relentlessly sued by disability advocates citing the AMERICANS WITH DISABILITY ACT which prohibits discrimination against with people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodation, etc.

LOL. There isn't a taxi on the face of the Earth that's "accessible to wheelchairs". Or maybe there is and you've personally observed someone in a wheelchair rolling right into the taxi? Maybe there's a ramp being dragged alongside the taxi so wheelchairs can roll right in? (rolls eyes)

The ADA deals almost completely with building code. The only section that deals with vehicles is Section.36.306 and IT only addresses vehicles operated by "public accommodation" (i.e. hotel) businesses. Taxis are not mentioned ANYWHERE in the act. So I think the number of successful lawsuits using the ADA as justification will be... eh... ZERO. But that's just a guess.

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There isn't a taxi on the face of the Earth that's "accessible to wheelchairs".

That doesn't mean there shouldn't be. I think it's great that New York wants to take the lead on this.

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