Vote on Taxi Driver Dress Code Postponed

Thursday, December 16, 2010


The City's Taxi and Limousine Commission has postponed its vote on changing the dress code for taxi drivers until next month.

The TLC is seeking to alter the taxi guidelines by including the term 'professional appearance' in the official language.

Commissioner David Yassky attempted to reassure cabbies at a hearing Thursday that the rule would not prohibit ethnic or religious clothing. He said is simply a reminder that they’re not only drivers, but city ambassadors.

"We're not going to have the fashion police out all over the city, but we're sending a message to drivers that appearance is important," Yassky said.

Cab drivers worry that that the rule would be difficult to enforce because it is general and open to interpretation.

Bhairavi Desai of the Taxi Workers Alliance argued the commission has misplaced priorities and instead should consider that most drivers don't have health insurance and struggle to pay for gas and daily leases.

"Change the conditions that turn the job into a real profession, before you talk about the attire being professional," said Desai.

The current rule specifies that cabbies not dress in tank or tube tops. It also prohibits wearing swimsuits behind the wheel.

The commission is expected to vote on the dress code by the end of January.


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DAOUDA GUESSONGO from newyork ny

this cod is very dangerouss for all yellow cab drivers,especialy those who do evening shift. nown we here easly knowing at this time by this bad boys this person is cab driver and he have money whit him.we are the small fish for tlc and bad boys in the city.tlc never cair about drivers life.please can some one tell tlc to put cameras in all yellow cars like the the corruption gps or credit card.give us protection not advitising our life ,we have familles like you healt cair,no bonus,no respect,the improuvement of our bisiness is not this way ask us to work by partising.thank ,u.

Dec. 31 2010 08:12 PM

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