NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York taxi advertisers are protesting the city’s decision to allow drivers who own their cabs to veto racy taxi-top ads.
The advertisers are gathering at noon Sunday outside the offices of New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission in lower Manhattan.
The drivers objected to ads for strip clubs.
The TLC has ruled that if a cabbie owns his car, he’s allowed to opt out of ads like those touting gentleman’s clubs citywide. Previously, the owner of the taxi medallion, not the car, had a say about the contents of roof ads.
TLC Commissioner David Yassky said the decision on advertisements should be up to the driver.
“They ought to be able to decide what ads go on the top of it, especially if it’s parked in the driveway, their neighbors see the car, they’re responsible for it,” Yassky said.
Many taxi owners do not own the medallion.
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