Mayor Bloomberg's taxi czar indicated March 5 a dramatic change in his stance on making the fleet accessible to the handicapped.
The Bloomberg Administration has opposed a City Council bill that would mandate the city's entire fleet become handicap accessible because it wasn't satisfied with the quality of wheelchair-friendly cabs available.
But Taxi and Limousine Commission Chairman David Yassky suggested it might take another view if another hearing on Councilman Oliver Koppell's bill is held.
The TLC now believes Nissan can produce a suitably reliable model, Yassky said at a council Transportation Committee hearing Monday.
"That's kind of a game changer in the discussion," Yassky said. "Now, it's an issue of cost verse the benefits."
And cost may not be an insurmountable hurdle, he said.