Chronicles of a Taxi Driver, Why are Taxi Cabs Yellow?

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In this part of the series “Chronicles of a Taxi Driver” the “why” question always comes up, “Why are Taxi Cabs Painted Yellow?” The iconic signature of a Taxi Cab around the world is yellow, and for at least two good reasons, #1 It is a distinguishable color for a taxi cab, a bright Yellow and … #2 Yellow stands out amongst all other colors, compared to black or brown cars.

Motorized taxicabs began to appear on the streets of major cities from the early 1900s. According to Time.com, the word Taxi traces to the early 20th century, when it appeared as a shortened version of “taximeter,” and “Cabby” being short form for a cab driver. A taximeter is a device that measures the cab’s mileage. Continue reading