This is crony policing on 2 levels. The cops get the cars and the cab racket is protected.
Well, not anymore.
In the latest blow against civil forfeiture, Judge Ronnie Abrams ruled that New York City’s policy of seizing cars without warrants violated the owners’ Fourth Amendment rights. As part of a strategy to crack down on unlicensed taxis and other vehicles for-hire, between 2012 and 2015, inspectors for the city’s Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC) seized nearly 25,000 cars they suspected were transporting passengers without the government’s permission. During that time, a medallion to own or lease a taxi cost over $1 million, preventing many New Yorkers from running their own lawful cab companies.