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Taxis and Livery Cabs Return to Normal Rules Following Sandy

By Aidan Gardiner | November 5, 2012 2:47pm

NEW YORK CITY — Yellow cabs will no longer offer group rides and livery cabs won't be allowed to do street hails Monday night, as most subway lines have been restored following the wrath of Hurricane Sandy, the Taxi and Limousine Commission announced.

The Commission had created special allowances for yellow cabs and livery cars to help expedite travel when major forms of transportation commuters relied on to move about the city were hobbled by the storm.

Under the emergency measures, yellow cabs were allowed to pick up multiple passengers and livery cabs could legally accept passengers off the street as yellow cabs normally do.

The special provisions will continue through Monday until midnight when normal rules will return.

Hurricane Sandy brought New York to a virtual halt as all major transportation methods were temporarily suspended and even damaged.

In the aftermath, rush-hour commutes turned nightmarish, gas ran short, and some cabbies were caught trying to gouge their passengers in the travel mayhem.