Hybrids not suitable for NYC cabs?

The country’s largest taxi fleet association, Metropolitan Taxicab Board of Trade (MTBOT), is making its heaviest case against the mandated use of hybrids for cabs in New York City.

Not only are hybrids currently expensive but according to MTBOT’s research , they are not manufacturer-approved to be used as taxicabs and they are found to be unsafe when modified with the partitions required by the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC).

MTBOT’s attorney said hybrid manufacturers such as Toyota, Honda, Ford, GM and Nissan have all refused to certify the crashworthiness of their hybrid NYC taxicabs modified with hard, bulletproof partitions, and shifted the responsibility to the federal government.

So far, MTBOT said the government does not require crash-test for the hybridized modified taxi. I wonder what Mayor Bloomberg will say to this…as soon as he takes off his mind about a possible run for a third term re-election.

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