NYC Comptroller Rejects Nissan Taxi Deal, Mayor Unfazed

Law360, New York (December 14, 2012, 8:45 PM EST) -- New York City's comptroller on Friday rejected an exclusive contract for Nissan Motor Co. to provide taxicabs for the city, citing the proposed vehicle's lack of wheelchair access, but Mayor Michael Bloomberg vowed to push the deal through anyway.

In a letter to the mayor, City Comptroller John C. Liu said the 10-year contract making the Nissan NV200 minivan the official taxicab of the city could violate the Americans with Disabilities Act and invite lawsuits.

“By mandating a ‘Taxi of Tomorrow’ that is not wheelchair accessible,...
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