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.”