The days of feeling like Beyoncé in the back of a cab are numbered.
The Taxi & Limousine Commission has announced that drivers can now do away with the plastic partitions that have been a feature of the city’s taxi fleet since 1994. They were mandated at the time due to the violence and high crime rates of that era.
The move is partially motivated by an effort to make the cabs more friendly and welcoming and to compete with increasingly popular ride-sharing apps like Uber. Drivers who decide to take down their partitions will be required to install a security camera instead.
RIP taxi partitions. You’ve saved us from many cabbies’ smelly lunches.