Some major changes will soon come to the streets of New York City. According to a Nissan news release, New York City’s Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC) has declared April 20th the official start day for the Taxi of Tomorrow program. It will require that almost every retiring taxi be replaced with a Nissan NV200, and will also significantly increase the number of wheelchair-accessible vehicles in the fleet.
The NYC Taxi of Tomorrow guidelines require all Manhattan yellow taxis be replaced by a NV200, an alternate wheelchair-accessible vehicle, or a hybrid. Nissan has been working closely with BraunAbility (the global leader in automotive mobility) to provide wheelchair-accessible NV200s, which are currently available for purchase.
The Nissan NV200 is the ideal taxi for NYC due to its unique safety features and production. The NV200 is the only taxi which leaves the factory with an installed partition. Partitions that are installed aftermarket usually compromise other safety features (like rendering the airbags useless), so this approach won’t pose a problem. In addition, the NV200 meets global pedestrian-protection standards that reduce the impact to a pedestrian when hit by a vehicle.
In an effort to ensure the NV200’s performance, Nissan created its own “New York Ave” at its Arizona proving grounds. The street was designed to replicate the congested traffic and pedestrian conditions of New York City, and the NV200 was rigorously tested and refined with the help of actual NYC taxi drivers.
Here at Nissan of Lake Charles, we are excited to see New York City’s Taxi & Limousine Commission making our environment, safety, and accessibility major priorities.