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12/02/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Bloomberg Thwarted In Effort To Green NYC's Taxis

A federal judge dealt a blow on Friday to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's efforts to improve air quality in the city, blocking a rule that all new taxis must meet stringent fuel efficiency standards.

The rule, which was scheduled to take effect on Saturday, would have made it mandatory for most cabs to be hybrid gas-and-electric vehicles by 2012. In response to the judge's order, the city signaled that it would seek to achieve similar results by other means, perhaps by creating a system of incentives that would effectively push most cab owners to buy hybrid vehicles instead of the less fuel-efficient Ford Crown Victoria model that is the workhorse of today's taxi fleet.

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