Boston Told It Can't Enforce Hybrid Taxi Rule

Law360, New York (August 17, 2009, 2:39 PM EDT) -- The city of Boston cannot enforce a rule effectively requiring its taxi fleet to be made up of new hybrid-powered vehicles by 2015, a federal judge has ruled, handing a victory to a taxi operators association that contested the new regulation.

Judge William G. Young issued a declaratory judgment in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts on Friday, striking down the hybrid requirement of Boston Police Department Rule 403. He ruled that the federal Energy Policy and Conservation Act “expressly” preempts local regulations...
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