After several delays last Friday, State Supreme Court judge Arthur Engoron ruled against the Bloomberg administration plan’s to expand livery services to the outer boroughs and increase the number of wheelchair-accessible taxi cabs. On the basis that New York City failed to get a “home-ruled message” form the City Council, the judge declared the plan as “null and void.”
This spurred a lot of discussion within NYC’s taxi industry. “Thousands of individual owner-drivers and hundreds of small-business owners in both the taxi and livery industries are breathing a sigh of relief that their livelihoods will not be destroyed by this flawed and destructive plan,” said Michael Woloz, a spokesman for the taxi industry. The yellow cab taxis, which had long opposed the plan to pick up street hails in upper Manhattan and outer boroughs, acclaimed the judge’s decision.
However, the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) disagreed. On his Twitter feed, TLC Chairman David Yassky announced quickly on Friday after hearing the judge’s decision: “We will appeal right away, but ruling delays service for millions – disappointing!”
To be noted that such a plan would also allow the city to raise $1 billion from selling about 2,000 new taxi medallions. Michael Cardozo, the city’s top lawyer, who criticized the yellow cab industry for trying to derail the law, also believes that the decision will be taken to an appellate court “immediately.”
“The irrational fear of lost profits by medallion owners and lenders should not be permitted to derail these important programs,” Cardozo added.
No appeal date has been set yet.
To learn more about NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission’s initiatives, go here: http://www.nyc.gov/html/tlc/html/home/home.shtml