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NYC Taxi Drivers Could Be Fined For Honking Horns

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Taxi Cabs line up for fares outside the Port Authority Bus Terminal (credit: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

Taxi Cabs line up for fares outside the Port Authority Bus Terminal (credit: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – It may get a lot quieter on the streets of New York City now that cabbies have been told they could get fined for honking their horns.

WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reports: TLC Wants To Cut Down On Honking

Taxi and Limousine Commissioner David Yassky says cab drivers now run the risk of being fined $350 if they toot their horn.

“We’re just asking drivers be a good neighbor,” said Yassky. “The horn is there for emergencies, it’s not there to vent your frustration.”

But not all drivers are heeding the warning.

“In New York City, you have to honk,” said one cab driver. “There are plenty of people on the street, crossing the street on their cell phone and you have to honk to wake them up.”

1010 WINS’ John Montone reports: Cab Drivers React To New Rule

“They don’t move when they should be moving, so I honk,” said another driver.

The TLC is urging passengers to let cabbies know when they’re being obnoxious and if they don’t listen, Yassky says the passenger should report them to 311.

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