Judge blocks plan for all-Nissan New York taxi fleet
NEW YORK CITY (AFP) - A New York state judge has blocked New York City's US$1 billion (S$1.25 billion) plan to replace the city's yellow cabs with a taxi fleet made by Japanese automaker Nissan.
The plan by Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration to create the "Taxi of Tomorrow" with a fleet of Nissan minivans breached the authority of the New York City Council, State Supreme Court Justice Shlomo Hagler said in a ruling issued late Tuesday.
A top Bloomberg administration official vowed to appeal the ruling, while a Nissan spokesman said the car giant was evaluating "next steps" regarding the exclusivity contract. Nissan still plans to sell the cars in New York this month.
"We are disappointed in the court's decision, but it will not prevent our plan to start upgrading the NYC taxi fleet with the Nissan Taxi of Tomorrow at the end of the month," the Nissan spokesman said.