In November 2011, we described the confusing messaging on top of NYC taxis that indicates if the NYC cab is available or cannot accept passengers. Shortly after, the TLC (Taxi and Limousine Commission) conducted a review and has come up with a very simple solution:
If the taxi is available, the light on the roof will be ON’.
If the taxi is not available, the light on the rood will be OFF.
Of course, that leaves the common situation of a NYC cab driver who is technically Off-Duty but is willing to pick up a passenger who is ‘going my way’.
All NYC taxis will have to replace the current rooftop signage beginning Fall 2012. Read the full NY Daily News article.