The taxi-cabs of New York City are a widely recognized symbol of the city. Taxi-cabs are accredited by the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission and are operated by private companies. The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission is a New York City government agency that is responsible for the more than 13,000 taxi-cabs working in the NYC.
Medallion taxi-cabs, the familiar yellow cabs, are the only motor vehicles in the city allowed to pick up individuals in response to a street hail.
Taxi-cabs are equally adored and hated by New Yorkers. They serve as a fast and easy means of transportation across Manhattan, a route not amply served by the NYC subway. The disadvantage with having an abundance of cabs is the traffic that results. Most traffic-jams in midtown are speckled with many of the over 13,000 yellow taxi-cabs that service the NYC.