That's no ordinary New York City yellow taxi in the image above; it's a police cruiser for the New York City Police Department dressed up like an NYC yellow taxi. Captured in a short video on a Manhattan street corner, it is escorting an NYPD van behind it.

They don't just use Crown Vics, either: NYC The Blog has video from two years ago of a motorist being pulled over by a Nissan Altima taxi. The blog also lets you know how to tell an undercover police cab from a proper taxi by comparing the license plate number to the medallion number on the cab's roof – not that it would do you any good in your rearview mirror, though.

When the post was written two and a half years ago it was said that there were only eight such taxis prowling the naked city, and that their plates all began with "T800." That's not the case with the taxi in the video below, so we wouldn't be surprised if the number has grown and now there are even more people in more places keeping an eye on you.



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      GeeDavy
      • 1 Year Ago
      I've seen quite a few around town. It's never hard to spot them as they're the only cabs driving around with two people sitting in the front and no one in the back. The only time a real cabbie will let anyone sit up front is when there are already passengers in the back.
      sniperhunter2001
      • 1 Year Ago
      As someone who knows way too many NYPD officers, there were at least 50 taxi cop cars 2 years ago, not 8. They are extremely common today. My precinct in Queens NY has three of them. The city is absolutely LITTERED with them, it's largely done to curb the maniacal cab drivers from killing each other. The occasional few taxi cops camp out as the most unassuming highway patrol cars on the exchanges at the Long Island Expressway and Grand Central. In the past their plate numbers used to be that of decommissioned livery cabs (aka TLC plates, so they use to start with the letter T). Today, they have decommissioned medallion plates.
        Pj Taintz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sniperhunter2001
        If someone tries to stop me in anything but a marked police carr, I drive to a police station, I do NOT stop for them. This is what I was told by my uncles who are police officers. All this does is confuse the hell out of people, There is no reason I should have to worry that some criminal will stop me in his taxi, all because I am suposed to know that 1 in 500 taxis is a cop.
      goodbarnes
      • 1 Year Ago
      NYPD is making armed revenue collectors out of their policemen and policewomen. The ploy of using taxis as prowel cars is sneaky indeed; however, cities and states all over the country are using non marked prowel cars. In reality those municipalities and states are carrying out legal extortion.
      Priapism
      • 1 Year Ago
      You'd have to be an idiot to stop for a taxi that installed some flashers unless there was some real badging displayed. That's just a good way to get your ass robbed or raped.
        cdollartoo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Priapism
        Agree! And isn't that called entrapment? Isn't it against the law? I guess it doesn't matter if you break the law when you are the law.
          timewarped323
          • 1 Year Ago
          @cdollartoo
          Entrapment? Not in the least. "Entrapment" means I persuade you to commit a crime, then when you do, I arrest you for it.
        ayyiyicaramba
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Priapism
        @ Priapism On some desolate street/area - TRUE. In crowded, traffic and pedestrian clogged Mid-town Manhattan - FALSE.
      Mercer
      • 1 Year Ago
      In Canada, the ultimate police cars are Dodge Caravans.
      Dude
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would not pull over for an unmarked car and I certainly would not pull over for a cab with flashing lights.
      Radwon
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have to seriously question the legality of this and hope this in not happening anywhere else in the world. Also, what is to prevent anyone with any type of vehicle from slapping some flashing lights on a company car and impersonating a police officer and then robbing or abusing other people. If this is true, it's pretty f'ed up.
        DKano
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Radwon
        It IS legal, they are undercover cops after all. Some people DO slap on lights on their cars and even stop people and rob them, it has happened here in Long Island, New York, but they get thrown in jail for a long time when they get caught.
      rkeeeballs
      • 1 Year Ago
      ...Got to get those folks with the bid gulp sodas...one way or another. This is the Bloomberg attack !...yup...lol
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Practical Nomad
      • 1 Year Ago
      Seems like entrapment to me. And as for the people attempting to hail a cab? Seems like false advertising?
      Tom
      • 1 Year Ago
      There is NO WAY IN HELL I would pullover for a cab with lilghts flashing!! I would dial 911 and check it out first.
      ordobtrebla
      • 1 Year Ago
      The other night I called 911 and a Taxi came and cuffed me and took me to the airport..
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