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Judge temporarily halts congestion surcharge for taxis, for-hire cars

December 20, 2018 - 5:03 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- New Yorkers won't have to pay the proposed congestion pricing surcharge when taking taxis or for-hire vehicles --- for now.

It was slated to go into effect Jan. 1, but a judge temporarily blocked the move Thursday afternoon. The halt comes after drivers sued over the surcharge.

On January 3 a hearing will be held to decide whether to continue with the restraining order.

"We're elated," the New York Taxi Workers Alliance Executive Director Bhairavi Desai said in a statement. "[We] have tremendous relief and [it] gives us momentum to eventually win an exemption from Albany."

The proposed fee is $2.50 for yellow taxis and $2.75 for green cabs and other for-hire-vehicles.