• Dec 22, 2010
The image of the laid-back New York City cabbie may not be long for this world. According to Yahoo News and WNYC, the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission had been slated to vote on a new rule that could force the drivers to maintain a "professional appearance," but that vote has now been postponed until the end of next month.

As of right now, cabbies are simply required to be clean and neat and forbidden from wearing swim suits, tank tops and the like while behind the wheel. Needless to say, the chauffeurs of the Big Apple aren't exactly thrilled about the change – some are particularly fearful that the new rule will impact their ability to wear ethnic or religious clothing.

As the argument goes, the Taxi and Limousine Commission believes that cab drivers are the city's ambassadors – the first people most visitors are likely to come in contact with on a visit – and that they should be dressed accordingly. What's more, the organization admits that isn't really even something that they think they can enforce in any legal way. Instead, the move is more about reminding cab drivers of exactly how important they are to the city's tourism industry.

[Sources: Yahoo News, WNYC | Image: tomodea, CC 2.0]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I think most people have a certain expectation of what a NYC cabbie is. If they go and change that, it might have a negative impact.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Make them wear a suit and tie.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I could care less what my cabbie is wearing. My goodness. Let them be comfortable however he wants to. He has to sit in the car all day/night, after all.

      What I demand is:
      1) know where you're going/go the way I tell you to go.
      2) don't cheat me or rip me off (this happens too much!)
      3) don't make up b.s. stories about how it pains you to accept credit cards. You are obliged!
      4) drive like a sane person, not a selfish ass or worse, a menace to the other cars.

      Beyond the above, everything else is irrelevant.
        Bill
        • 4 Years Ago
        And AB just needs an edit button....haha
        • 4 Years Ago
        Apologies for the grammar. Need to proof-read better in future.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wish these rules would trickle down to Washington DC, home of the nastiest taxicabs and worst taxi drivers of any city outside the third world.
        • 4 Years Ago
        DC cab is the greatest movie ever. You mean to tell me it is a biography?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Who cares if they smell and look funny?
      Cabbie Idiosyncrasies are a big part of NYC's personality.

      Leave them the hell alone.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wish NYC cabbies were required to actually know the city, get off their cel phones (a law broken non-stop), and care about their jobs before being given a dress-code. Unfortunately, the first experience in NYC that most international travelers are forced to suffer is JFK, which is like landing in the seventh ring of Hell. A taxi ride only prolongs the experience. I live here and avoid cabs like the plague.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is stupid. Limousine drivers are 'ambassadors' to people who feel important enough to hire one to go around. A taxi is a taxi is a taxi, wherever you go.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @caddy-v

        That sounds like all of the taxi drivers in Grand Theft Auto IV.

        Who ever said GTAIV wasn't realistic? Lol!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree with having standards for cab drivers, but I don't think a formal dress code has much to do with the problems you, like many others, have come in contact with. Terrible smells, tattered clothing, and being dirty in general isn't acceptable.
        • 4 Years Ago
        These guys need to have an enforceable dress and hygienic code period. This is a service industry and no one is interested in paying top dollar to smell butt crack and armpits in the extreme. It's in everyone's best interest and this is coming from someone in the transportation industry.
      • 4 Years Ago
      e.g. Japanese taxi drivers.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "As of right now, cabbies are simply required to be clean and neat and forbidden from wearing swim suits, tank tops and the like while behind the wheel"

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA!

      Are they serious? Either they have never ridden in a NY City taxi cab or the law is just so widely and flagrantly violated that they don't care anymore.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Interesting - when they say no "religious clothing" would that prohibit wearing or displaying a cross?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sadly yes
        ...Sounds very anti Constitutional
        Bill
        • 4 Years Ago
        If it prohibits "religious items" then it should prohibit the damn dirka!!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      For what you pay they need to be a bit better dressed. I was in NYC a year or so ago. On my way back to the airport, a car service (town car/driver in suit, etc) was only slightly more expensive than a cab.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It is looking very old and old fashion taxi.But in this makeover world, people don't like it.
      http://ultrabronze.org/
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