NYC: Judge allows congestion pricing surcharge to be collected

A state Supreme Court judge dropped a restraining order against the for-hire congestion pricing surcharge on Thursday afternoon — but said the taxi industry’s lawsuit against the scheme can move forward.

The decision means that the surcharge collection — originally slated to start on Jan. 1 — can now go forward on for-hire trips in Manhattan below 96th Street.

It calls for riders to pay an extra $2.50 for taxis, $2.75 for Uber, Lyft or other black cars and 75 cents for app-based pooled rides of multiple passengers.

But the taxi drivers and medallion owners suit complains that the surcharge unfairly targets them and will further destroy their already struggling industry.