Description: Challenge to Dallas ordinance giving preference to taxis that run on compressed natural gas.
Association of Taxicab Operators USA v. City of Dallas
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 06/13/2013 Opinion Download Opinion issued. The Fifth Circuit affirmed the district court decision granting summary judgment to the City of Dallas. The Fifth Circuit concluded that the ordinance did not on its face impose an emissions standard—the ordinance was “a compelling offer, not a compelled restraint.” The court also agreed with the district court that plaintiff had not offered evidence to show that the law indirectly compelled a particular course of action (i.e., the purchase of CNG vehicles).
Association of Taxicab Operators, USA v. City of Dallas
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 08/30/2016 Order Order issued. On August 30, 2010, the court denied the taxicab operators' motion for a preliminary injunction, holding that the ordinance did not amount to a “standard” under Section 209(a) of the Clean Air Act because it did not mandate quantitative emissions levels, establish manufacturer requirements, establish purchase requirements, mandate emissions control technology, or establish a penalty or fee system. 03/28/2012 Memorandum Opinion and Order Download Memorandum opinion and order issued. The district court granted the City’s motion for summary judgment. 04/15/2010 Complaint Complaint filed. An organization representing taxicab operators in Dallas, Texas filed suit against the city alleging that a new ordinance giving preference to taxis that run on compressed natural gas is preempted by the Clean Air Act. The ordinance allowed taxis running on compressed natural gas to automatically move to the front of the line in taxi queues at Dallas Love Field Airport. The same day the lawsuit was filed, the court granted the plaintiff’s request for a temporary restraining order preventing the city from enforcing the ordinance.