The city's new Green Rides program requires all car sharing companies to were zero-emission or wheelchair accessible, reports patch.
All chauffeured cars in New York City that aren't painted yellow must go green in the near future, officials said.
The city's new Green Rides program will require all vehicles to be either zero-emission or wheelchair accessible by 2030, Mayor Eric Adams announced Wednesday.
About 80 Uber and Lyft vehicles will be affected by the green mandate, which the Taxi and Limousine Commission unanimously approved. “This is the first city in the United States to achieve this,” he emphasized.
The Taxi Commission, the mayor noted, is also intensifying its activities - it has opened applications for licenses to all owners of electric vehicles. “This means that any owner of an electric vehicle can apply for a license,” Adams explained.
The air will be cleaner and there will be more taxis
The green travel mandate is one of New York's growing number of goals and programs aimed at mitigating climate change and transitioning to new energy sources. For example, city authorities intend to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
According to David Do, chairman and member of the Taxi and Limousine Commission, converting the bulk of New York's vehicle fleet to zero-emission vehicles would eliminate 600 metric tons of carbon dioxide from the air that city residents breathe.
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Do stressed that the program includes a gradual increase in the share of zero-emission vehicles and vehicles with wheelchair access.
Taxi companies have already reached the first benchmark of 5% of rides complying with the new rule, officials said. The next benchmark, which is 15%, is planned to be achieved by the end of 2025. Thus, this indicator will increase annually until 2030.
“No ride-hailing vehicle owner will be required to run out and buy an EV or sidecar tomorrow, next week or even next month,” Do reassured carriers.