A RULING BY the New York State Supreme Court means that Nissan has been given the green light to supply its futuristic NV200 taxi to the Big Apple for the next ten years.
The decision over-rides a previous judgement which had ruled the contract between the Japanese car maker and the state of New York was invalid.
A Nissan spokesman said: “We are pleased with the court’s decision to uphold the Taxi of Tomorrow programme.”
“Given the specific NYC taxi research and development that Nissan conducted, including crash testing with the installed partition, we are confident that the Nissan NV200 taxi provides a solution that is optimal in safety, comfort and convenience for passengers and drivers alike”.
Commentators say however that the £1bn project may still not be a done deal. New York’s new mayor, Bill de Blasio, is no fan of the Nissan taxi programme, not least because it was the brainchild of his arch political rival and former Big Apple mayor, Michael Bloomberg.
De Blasio, commenting on the court ruling, said: “I don’t like a lot of things about this. I think this is a broken process on many levels and we are examining the potential next step in the legal process.”