It’s official: Those confusing off-duty lights on New York taxis are going away

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Today, a city commission voted to permanently do away with new York City's befuddling taxi rooftop light system.

The change was first proposed back in May.

Thanks to a near-unanimous vote at a meeting this morning, the Taxi and Limousine Commission will require taxi owners to replace their existing two-light system with a single light with two settings--on and off--to indicate a taxi's availabity.

The only dissenting vote came from Iris Weinshall, the city's former transportation commissioner, who is Senator Chuck Schumer's wife.

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Technically, the new rule becomes official 30 days after it's posted in the city record, which will happen within the next few days, according to a commission spokesman. But the lights will in practice have to be changed by each cab's next scheduled inspection, between January 1 and April 30.