For Immediate Release

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DC Taxicab Commission Offers Color Schemes for DC Taxis
Possible Taxi Colors to be Displayed at The Washington Auto Show®

WASHINGTON, D.C. - January 25, 2013 – (Virtual Press Office) -- The Washington Auto Show®, the largest public show held in Washington, D.C., is excited to announce that the proposed new color schemes for Washington D.C. area taxis, as introduced in December 2012 by Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray, will be on display at the 2013 show.

The DC Taxicab Commission (DCTC) is bringing the proposed designs to the show to engage the public in discussion about the new looks and to take the next step in moving towards a standardized uniform color scheme for the DC taxicab industry. Other color options will be posted on the DCTC web site (http://www.dctaxi.dc.gov). Feedback from D.C. residents will be included in the final decision-making process along with comments from public hearing as well as meetings with DC taxi owners and operators. Final recommendations are expected by the spring of 2013.

“We are delighted to make further progress towards upgrading our local taxi industry by presenting potential uniform color design schemes for public feedback,” said DCTC Chairman Ron M. Linton . “We intend for DC to establish an identity and image that will set a new standard for public vehicles for hire as well as help improve enforcement to prevent illegal vehicle service by creating a more recognizable DC taxicab.”

The vehicles that have been wrapped in the proposed colors have been loaned to DCTC by DARCARS (Toyota Camry), Ford (C-Max), Vehicle Production Group (CNG MV1) and Clean Energy and its subsidiary BAF Technologies (CNG Ford Transit Connect). The Toyota Camry and Ford C-Max are hybrids and the MV1 and Transit Connect run on clean natural gas. Although the vehicle exhibit at The Washington Auto Show® is designed to generate response pertaining to the colors, officials also want the public to be aware that these green vehicles emit less greenhouse emissions than gasoline powered vehicles and are fuel efficient. Thus, these vehicles represent potential taxis of the future.

“The Washington Auto Show® is incredibly focused on bringing the public face-to-face with the cars of the future and promoting our industry’s advances in sustainability, safety technologies, fuel efficiency and energy independence,” says Washington Auto Show Chairman Robert Fogarty. “We support the Mayor’s office and the DC Taxicab Commission in their efforts to modernize the D.C. taxi industry with efficient, low emissions vehicles and are honored to bring these vehicles to the public for exploration and feedback.”

Show attendees can share live feedback about the proposed taxicab models by joining the conversation on Twitter using hash tag #VOTEDCTAXI. For more information about The Washington Auto Show, to get tickets or to access a full events and activities schedule, please visit http://www.washingtonautoshow.com.

About the Washington Auto Show
The Washington Auto Show opens to the public February 1-10, and will provide more than 750,000 square feet of autos, advanced technology and experiential events throughout all levels, exhibition halls and meeting rooms of the Convention Center, in which more than 43 domestic and import manufacturers present more than 700 vehicles.
 
 
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