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Our New York city's taxis being kicked to the car.
The city's -- haven't been hailing -- mayor Bloomberg's taxi of tomorrow project which require all thirteen thousand cabs in the city.
To switch over to -- Nissan minivans.
And they're not even energy saving hybrids the fight -- up and running between taxi magnate -- Friedman.
And the manner which allegedly culminated in America issuing a threat telling -- -- in quote.
Come January 1 when -- out of office -- going to destroy your bleeping industry.
Another case of Mayor Bloomberg over reach into business a taxi fleet owner and the greater New York taxi association fight back suing America.
Here now -- attorney you think Gerber welcome to the show -- -- notes that the -- actually told that your client.
To his face directly the -- he's gonna come after.
He did he said I'm not just him but the entire industry he said he's going to destroy this industry.
And I think it's only fair that the industry asked the -- and to tackle New -- -- the mayor does how does he intend to do that why does he intend to do that it's an iconic New York industry.
And is -- doing anything to fulfill a threat.
And -- what why do we -- -- switch all of the entire taxi fleet is that there's thirteen thousand medallion yellow cabs in New York.
Why -- they need to switch all the way over -- -- that they're not even electric cars that's a great question you know I would I stood with the mayor Jayne Freeman still with the mayor.
Seven years ago when the mayor -- -- and all hybrid fleet.
He signed legislation that allowed us but hybrids on the on in the -- New York taxi association put on over 6000.
So over half the taxi fleet in New York City right now is already our energy saving -- -- right and getting greener every day and now they would have to turn in those cars and instead drive Nissan.
Did that they don't they use hybrid energy absolutely.
It did this taxi of tomorrow but he keeps referencing his attacks of tomorrow's attacks -- yesterday Dennis.
It is a combustion engine old style many of them it does nothing the only benefit apparently is is that it's it's one uniform car.
That taxi which is not hybrid actually violates the law.
But the mayor signed so we brought our concerns to the to the mayor.
We broader concerns actually to the Texan when using commission we said here we go we have one car you're making us have and are you putting all of suppliers and business.
It's a one Japanese car manufactured in Mexico one plant.
We all are our GM suppliers off -- suppliers they're -- going out of business.
And we have to retire all these clean hybrid energy cars that is -- violation of law.
They -- us so we went to court it sounds like government seizure of property rights what what -- stage is the lawsuit out right now well we won.
We won the lawsuit about the hybrids.
-- we -- while we had the lawsuit pending.
Well over 101000 violations against this against the industry.
And the use those violations as leverage they came to one group there are three taxi groups that came to one group and said if you drop not a lawsuit -- this lawsuit.
We'll get rid of the violations.
The -- that they issued a cab drivers that's our -- isn't -- to the owners yes.
You don't avoid violations illegal business orgy that you put your double parked him we're gonna give you take it where -- before -- let's drive away all kinds obscure regulations if you don't double shift your car if you don't get it out if you if you have a driver shortage that they -- -- in your car out that's a violation.
If you don't keep track of the -- contract that was four years -- that's a violation.
There's all types of obscure regulations regulatory book in this agency is that thick -- when you have thousands of regulations you basically give government the chance to pick and choose what ever -- they want to use -- come after you and hassle you they've decided they don't like here they're actually doing and -- leverage and they actually said to us.
If you drop.
This taxi of tomorrow lawsuit.
We will discount these tickets war we will get rid of them completely we said no.
-- immediately following saying no.
They barrage us with thousands more.
And hundreds of thousands of dollars now totaling in the millions of dollars in fines this is right out of Jack boots in brown shirts I can't even believe this it absolutely is and we've we file lawsuit.
What's called constitutional retaliation.
It was after that loss it was filed.
But the mayor launched his expletive threat.
So one of our members where's the city's project to force the entire cab fleet to drive Nissan's -- where's where's that that project along what what else that's.
What they're trying to do now is they carved out.
One little type of hybrid that they say you can use basically it's going to be limited to vehicles like the Lexus 450 H.
You know I'm I'm an attorney -- to an attorney.
And that's the car I drive and now the fleets of New York are supposed to be operating he's Lexus 450 H no -- obviously going to be able to afford them.
And it's certainly not a fleet car.
And this is what they're doing they're trying to say to the court -- we have to give the tax we have to give these owners an option will make it's so expensive that they have to use and you saw.
You know sometimes it feels like it's not about the best solution sometimes it feels like you know what.
I'm government your business and you're gonna do what I tell you to do this seems like about power and control I think so too you know but a few years ago the mayor was trying to force all the kids to be hybrid we were we were OK with hybrid -- other groups were against it.
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