After a judge blocked Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration from requiring all new taxicabs to be hybrids, New York City is looking for other ways to get more fuel-efficient cabs on the streets.
The city had aimed to convert the entire fleet of 13,000 cabs into hybrids by 2012, but a federal judge said the local regulations were pre-empted by federal law.
On Friday, Bloomberg announced a new incentive aimed at encouraging fleet owners to purchase hybrids.
Fleet owners charge their drivers a fee for the use of taxicabs; the new proposal lets fleet owners raise those fees on hybrids.
The city says that even though a hybrid driver pays a higher fee, known as a “lease cap,” the fuel savings more than make up the difference.