But for many others, it's just another Thursday.
New York City's cab fleet is divided between hybrid SUVs and gasoline-fueled Crown Victorias.
Those driving the former are feeling pretty good today.
"I'm glad," Mamadou Thiam told us as he took a break at the BP station on 110th Street and Central Park West. "Yesterday I didn't have [a hybrid] and had to pay $45."
He said the car will be able to complete a double shift without its night driver having to worry about conserving gas.
Drivers are assigned to cars by dispatchers on a first come, first serve basis, and one private cab driver who declined to give his name said it was unlikely anyone not driving a hybrid would get reimbursed for whatever pains they must take to refuel.
Driver Samba Gueye said he got stuck with a Crown Victoria and says the car will barely have enough gas to complete another shift after his.
Meanwhile, his friend and fellow driver Cheikh Dioun said his hybrid will be able to make it until Saturday.