10:55 am Nov. 29, 2012
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.
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.
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