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TLC To Hold Hearing On Taxi Driver Dress Code

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — New York City cab drivers are not renowned for their sartorial splendor, but there are exceptions. The Taxi and Limousine Commission was hoping to make that the rule rather than the exception, John Montone reports.

“It’s very important. You have to dress nice,” one driver told Montone. When asked if the passengers approve, he answered “yes they do, they like and then they give us more tip.”

LISTEN: 1010 WINS’ John Montone reports.

A public hearing on the issue was slated for December 16. There’s a proposal to add the word “professional” in setting the standard for what clothing a driver can wear.

Another driver who has a law degree in Egypt was ready to negotiate. If the TLC wants him to spend money on professional attire, he said he’ll wear a tuxedo, but he wants a raise. “Of course, more job, more money, no problem,” he said.

Currently the cabbie dress code emphasizes what not to wear, which includes “tank tops, tube tops, body shirts, swimwear, bathing trunks or cutoff shorts.” That part would be removed from the updated code.

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