New York City is a bustling, diverse destination with a huge population of both native and non-native English speakers. This makes it the perfect location to develop your English proficiency. There are a variety of transportation options in New York City, including public transit, rideshare services, and taxicabs. Cabs are an affordable and convenient choice, but getting one to pull over can sometimes be a challenge for first-time visitors. Here are a few tips for hailing cabs in New York City.
Check for Availability
You can tell if cabs in New York City are available to pick up passengers by looking at the lights on the top of the vehicle.
– If all of the lights atop the vehicle are off, the cab already has a passenger.
– If both the center light with the medallion number and the side lamps are lit, the cab is off-duty.
– If only the center light is lit up, the cab is available. Get the driver’s attention by stepping to the curb and raising your arm.
Taxicab Passenger Limits and Etiquette
The maximum number of passengers allowed in a traditional cab is four. However, some vehicles that look more like minivans can carry five adults. Children under seven are allowed to sit on the lap of an adult passenger in the back seat. A passenger may sit in the front seat if the back seat is full.
You are allowed to request as many stops as you like while riding in cabs in New York City. However, keep in mind that the meter will keep running until your final stop.
Peak Hours And Fees
While there is no additional charge for luggage or additional passengers, New York City taxicabs do add a surcharge during rush hour (between 4 and 8 p.m.) and at night (after 8 p.m). Cabs accept cash and credit cards for payment.
There are so many great things to do in New York City, and a taxicab can take you to any destination within the five boroughs. With a little practice, even newcomers can hail a cab like a New York native.