77th Annual Meeting

REGULATION OF TAXI FUEL EFFICIENCY STANDARDS

WHEREAS, in December 2007, the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission promulgated rules that required new taxicabs, except those that are wheelchair accessible, put in service beginning on October 1, 2008, to achieve at least 25 City miles per gallon (MPG), and those put in service beginning October 1, 2009, to achieve at least 30 City miles per gallon; and

WHEREAS, in August 2008, the City of Seattle passed an ordinance that requires new taxicabs, except those that are wheelchair accessible, put in service following the effective date of the ordinance to meet fuel efficiency standards defined in rules to be promulgated in May 2009; and

WHEREAS, a local industry group in New York, the Metropolitan Taxicab Board of Trade, sued the City of New York, claiming that the MPG rules were preempted under the Federal Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as well as the Federal Clean Air Act; and

WHEREAS, setting stricter fuel economy and emissions standards for taxis and other for-hire vehicles will have a significant environmental and economic impact, as many of these vehicles run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, traveling in excess of 80,000 miles per year compared to an average passenger car that is only driven 15,000 miles per year; and

WHEREAS, requiring greener taxis can provide many environmental and health benefits; and

WHEREAS, increased fuel economy also leads to less money spent on fuel,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors supports efforts by Congressman Nadler and the New York Congressional delegation to amend both the Environmental Policy and Conservation Act and the Clean air Act to allow taxi regulators across the country to set fuel economy and emissions standards for vehicles they regulate; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the amendments would apply to taxicabs and other vehicles operated for hire pursuant to an operating license, permit or other authorization issued by a state or policy subdivision and providing local transportation for a fare determined primarily on the basis of time and/or distance traveled.