NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A group of taxi drivers have put the brakes on racy ads splashed across their cabs.

The Taxi and Limousine Commission held a hearing Thursday about billboards on taxis, and drivers finally got the TLC to give those who own their vehicles the right to choose whether their taxis will carry ads.

“The issue is who should have a right to put the rooftop ad? I think drivers should have that right,” one driver at the hearing said.

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Many of the complaints were because strip club billboards in particular offended the moral values of several drivers.

“I have to go home, and sometimes my children also ride in the cab, and they can see it. One or two times they asked me questions about it when they see the ad, and I feel embarrassment when I don’t have an answer about it,” one driver told CBS 2’s Pablo Guzman.

“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,” said David Yassky, TLC Commissioner.

Not all drivers are opposed to the billboards on moral grounds. Some just don’t want billboards on their roofs.

According to the TLC, drivers who have billboards on their cabs get paid an extra $125 a month.

Do you side with the taxi drivers? Sound off in our comments section below…

Comments (9)
  1. jack says:

    yeah, enough with the stupid stripclub ads. keep it clean

  2. Bullett says:

    I guess Ali never knew what it was to be with a woman.

  3. pay wahun says:

    $125? What a bargain. Contrast that with $10,000 a month static billboards (stationary and not moving) on our highways. This is a business decision – if the driver pays the cost of running her car, then let the industry broker agreement with her.

  4. Meme Meyagi says:

    there are 7 million mooslime terrorists in usa. what is being done about it?

  5. Durka says:

    Durka Durka!

  6. pugphan says:

    These pro comments must come from members of the Satyr industry. Owners
    shud have the right to deny offensive signage. smokersodysseycom

  7. Richard Tattersall says:

    If they OWN the vehicle, they have the right to make the choice. Welcome to the United States and the 1st Amendment. It has nothing to do with the fare,, or where they’re going..

  8. Mikey says:

    Moral issues half of the nuts are from places that beat and mutilate women…yeah a sign offends them ….i say round them all up and ship them home ….NYC cabs are a waste anyway

  9. iggy says:

    what happens if a customer want to go to these clubs? does the driver have the right to deny the fare? what if the fare curses over his cell phone, does the driver have the right to kick the fare out? if you can’t do the job, try a different job.

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