City Taxi Drivers Subject To New Dress Code

Drivers Told To Wear "Professional Attire"

NEW YORK (CBS 2/WCBS 880/1010 WINS) — If you come across a shabby cabbie, that driver could soon be facing a fine for his or her fashion faux pas. The Taxi and Limousine Commission wants drivers to present a “professional appearance.”

The current dress code bans tube tops, tank tops and bathing trunks. The revised code doesn’t get too specific.

A driver advocacy group wonders exactly what constitutes “professional attire,” as TLC Commissioner David Yassky admits the dress code is difficult to enforce as it is now.
WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond talks with cab drivers about the dress code

1010 WINS Reporter Kathleen Maloney on the new dress code

More from Marla Diamond
  • Gregg

    What about Speaking English and Know Where They Are Going !! I take a Taxi every day in NYC and I can tell you 95% of the time it is Not a pleasurable experience ! NYC take some lessons from London and Tokyo !!

    • Sally Rogers

      Gregg, part of the TLC test is English, so maybe you just want someone without an accent? And if you want a London Hack or a Tokyo Hack, pay up!!

  • MTA

    Interesting they worry about dress codet vs. enforcing cabbies picking up customers who flag them down.

    Stand any time on Water & Wall and watch cabbies pass by customers flagging them down or see how the cabbie pulls over and will not let the passenger in until they describe where they want to go only to see the cabbie pull away.

    Cabbie are selective about picking up people. How about the TLC enforcing the rule to pick up a customer without having to negotiate with the driver?

    If this continues try the bus or the train!

  • Bradford Keller

    Be nice if they stop scratching the plexiglass where their
    name goes on that hack card, Most drivers these days dress
    in mid eastern style,the Taxi Drver Mosque is on West 29th st looks
    like Kabul.
    I had a nice intelligent conversation with a driver once in 1956.

    Now they still mumble(against the rules) on the wireless cellphone.what the heck
    do they talk about all the way from JFK to midtown?

  • edy

    Precisely, start with a shower and then manners.

  • C.J.

    What about mandatory showers?

  • BF

    It is about time they wore clothing. Nude drivers are hard to swollow.


    I dont care what cabbies wear as long as its something people can walk out onto the street in and that they drive safe.As long as its not pajamas or a bathing suit.They can wear a disney character mascot for all I care.

  • Jean

    Its about time. I was wondering when this would come into play. No tie, but either a light blue shirt and probably a dark blue or grey pants to match. I applaud you on this action.

  • paulrnelson

    As long as the ‘professional attire’ includes a bath and deodorant, I’m thrilled.

    • peter

      What paulrnelson said. Cab drivers seem to refuse to use deoderant. You have AC in your car, USE IT.

  • antitaliban

    hahaha ,after creation of tsa ,good news FASHION POLICE

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