Determining whether a New York City taxis is available or off-duty has always been a challenge. No more.
The Taxi and Limousine Commission voted Thursday to remove the guess work. A light simply will mean the cab is available. No light will mean it's not.
The confusion came from two sets of lights — one indicating availability and one that the cab was off-duty.
TLC Commissioner David Yassky said the off-duty light were confusing. He called the new system "plain, common sense."
The change will be completed during the taxis next scheduled inspections, between Jan. 1 and April 30.
Cab drivers will still be able to take as many breaks as they want. They also will be allowed to pick up passengers when they are off-duty.