NY judge gives red light to green cabs

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NEW YORK (AP) -- A federal judge has blocked New York City from forcing taxi operators to go green.

The ruling Friday by Judge Paul Crotty threw a major roadblock in the way of city plans requiring new cabs to combine gasoline and electric power. That rule was due to take effect Saturday.

Taxi operators say in a lawsuit that fuel-efficient vehicles were not built to withstand the pounding that city cabs endure. The city has some 13,000 cabs.

The city law office said it was preparing comment on the ruling.

Crotty says it appears the taxi operators will win the case because the new Taxicab & Limousine Commission regulations are pre-empted under federal laws. It's up to federal agencies to regulate fuel economy and emissions standards, the judge says.