All Taxi & Limousine (TLC) cars in NYC have a little orange light on the front and back of the car, to alert the police if the driver is in trouble.
The driver can activate it using his leg, so that if he was being held hostage while driving, he can press it without the attacker noticing.
The problem with this location is that they often hit it by mistake, and don’t even know about it.
I’ve seen the light on multiple times, and have pulled up next to the car, looked inside to make sure nothing was wrong (the cars were always just the driver, no passengers), and told him about it, so he could turn it off.
But the bigger issue is that not enough people know about it, and what it does.
And those that do know about it clearly just don’t care about it.
I’m talking about other TLC cars just drive by the car without checking that they are alright…and if they want to fight as a single union against Uber, then show support for your fellow workers and make sure they are okay.
As for the NYPD, I’ve seen these TLC cars with their lights on drive past an NYPD cruiser, and the cop doesn’t pull him over, as they are supposed to do, but just ignores it.