New York City Taxis Roll Back Into Town

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New York City taxicabs that idled for most of the pandemic are getting ready to hit the streets as Covid-19 restrictions ease and businesses prepare for a full reopening, city officials say.

Officials at the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission say the number of cabs entering the regulator’s inspection facility in Queens to have a taxi medallion pinned to their hood has ticked up in recent weeks.

The city-issued metal shield gives a driver the right to pick up street hails. Many taxicab drivers and fleet operators put their medallions into storage during the coronavirus pandemic to save on costs, such as insurance, that can run to several thousand dollars a year.

Tyler Williams rolled into the inspection facility last week in a new Ford taxicab that has spent the past year in storage.