‘Off-Duty’ Taxi Light Will No Longer Let You Down

NEW YORK - MARCH 10:  A woman is hailing a yellow cab on Lower Manhatten on March 10, 2010 in New York, New York. Yellow taxis have been playing their trade in New York since 1912, becoming an icon synonymous with the "Big Apple" immoratalised in countless films and TV shows  around the world.  (Photo by Jan Johannessen/Getty Images)
Photo: Jan Johannessen/Getty Images

That beacon of false hope in the distance — the somewhat complicated, two-part light system atop taxis — has been banned in favor of a single "on" or "off" signal that should be installed by early 2013. Drunk people of the night now have one less reason to get irrationally angry.