Street cabs in many capital cities around the world are painted in a standard color to make them easily recognizable, and, at times, iconic; for example, the Yellow Cabs in New York, and the Black Cabs in London.
Until the 1990’s, street cabs in Mexico City were one of the capital’s icons; VW Beetles painted bright yellow. During the 1990’s, Mexico City’s government ruled that all cabs should run on unleaded gasoline and mandated that, as part of the “green drive”, these cabs be painted green and white.
But that’s not the end of the taxi colors tale. Of late, a new – and very distinct taxi livery scheme has become prevalent on the streets of Mexico City; taxis painted in burgundy red and gold. Whether this will stay around long enough to become a new icon for the city remains to be seen.
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