A Solution for a Vexing Question: Is This Cab Available?

10/12/2011 09:06 am ET | Updated Dec 12, 2011
  • MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM nytimes.com

The taxicab roof light, the occasionally head-scratching system that can befuddle out-of-towners and facilitate fare refusals, may be ready for a makeover.

The Taxi and Limousine Commission is considering a plan that would eliminate taxis' smaller "off-duty" lights in favor of a single, central beacon: it would be illuminated if the cab is available, and dark if it is not.

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