The Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC) of New York City has set April 20, 2015, as the start date for its upcoming Taxi of Tomorrow program, which replaces older, retiring taxi cars with wheelchair-accessible Nissan NV200 minivans.
What seems like an obvious decision wasn’t particularly easy to set in motion, however. Former mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg had announced this decision previously, only to be sued by officials in the yellow taxi industry.
Current mayor Bill de Blasio has finally overcome these obstacles, setting New York’s public transportation on a safer, more inclusive path. That’s great news for Nissan, whose NV200 minivans are set to make up almost 80 percent of the city’s taxi fleet.
Many Nissan NV200s have already been in service on NYC streets, establishing a history of consistent product success. In addition to their wheelchair-accessibility, these minivans meet international standards that aim to soften the impact on a pedestrian, if one was to be struck.
Hopefully, as the Taxi of Tomorrow start date looms closer, similar programs will crop up all over the country. What do you think? Let us at Lewis Nissan know your thoughts in the comments.