The taxicabs of New York City are widely recognized icons of the city, come in two varieties, yellow and green. Taxis painted canary yellow (medallion taxis) are able to pick up passengers anywhere in the five boroughs. Those painted apple green (Street Hail Livery vehicles, or commonly known as boro taxis), which began to appear in August 2013, are allowed to pick up passengers in Upper Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens (excluding LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport), and Staten Island. Both types have the same fare structure. Taxicabs are operated by private companies and licensed by the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC). It also oversees over 40,000 other for-hire vehicles, including "black cars", commuter vans and ambulettes.
As of March 14, 2014, in New York City, there are 51,398 men and women licensed to drive medallion taxicabs. There are currently 13,605 taxicab medallion licenses in existence, 368 of them having been auctioned by the City of New York between November 2013 and February 2014. Each of these new medallions is earmarked for use with a wheelchair-accessible vehicle, which will be introduced into service over the next several months. Taxicab vehicles, must each have a medallion to operate, are driven an average of 180 miles per shift; the average total number of annual taxi passengers is 241 million. As of September 2012hybrid taxi vehicles, representing almost 59% of the taxis in service – the most in any city in North America. The Nissan NV200 won the city's bid to become the "Taxi of Tomorrow" to replace most of the city's taxi fleet, with its introduction scheduled for October 2012. Nevertheless, this decision has faced several lawsuits and criticism. As of March 2014 , 6,000 Street Hail Livery (SHL) permits have been issued, 20% of which must be used with wheelchair-accessible vehicles, with 4,478 Street Hail Livery vehicles already in use as of March 14, 2014
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