Cabbie Outrage: Cab drivers need to “clean up their act” officials say

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Officials in California say they want cab drivers to "clean up their act".

They are proposing new regulations for cabbies - including making sure the drivers have proper hygiene, and can speak English.

Sacramento cabbie Ahmid Mahmoud is fired-up.

"We don't have rent to pay? We don't have bills to pay?"

So he's lining up his fellow drivers to take on City Hall.

"Do those guys have common sense?"

The city is considering putting stricter rules in place for Sacramento taxi drivers. Making sure vehicles are no older than eight years, putting a new dress code in place, collared shirt and slacks, making it mandatory for all taxis to accept credit cards, and another requirement Mahmoud calls unnecessary...

"That's very insulting for me and for all the drivers."

A new policy requiring drivers to be hygienically clean. One passenger gave us his take:

"Yeah basic hygiene, I would agree with that."

Facing growing competition from web-based rides "Uber" and the ride-sharing service "Lyft" some Sacramento taxi drivers say the proposed cabbie crackdown could put the brakes on their business. The city calls it good business.

"So I want them to be the ambassadors and be the representatives for our city."

The proposal also calls for drivers to take a cabbie quiz: testing their command of the English language. Here's one sample question: smoking is prohibited in cars. Which word closely relates to the underlined word? Hoping they're able to pick number three. Some are hoping the changes go through.

"I don't think that's asking too much."

Ahmid might beg to differ.

"You don't tell them after 25 years or ten years you need to take a test."

The quiz would also ask cabbies if they know how much change to give a customer when handed a certain bill.

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  • Eric Allison

    I can understand the test BUT hygiene and vehicle age the government has NO right to regulate. If the driver smells, I’m not getting in the cab plain and simple. I’m not paying for a luxury car either. I want a ride from point A to point B. I could care less if it was in a mid 80’s crown vic or a 2010 Town Car. I just want to get there.

    Quite frankly, customers will be quick to let cabbies know who they will use or not by simply choosing another service. There is no need for the city to step in. And forcing ALL cabs to take credit cards??? ABSURD. There are PLENTY of cash only businesses in the US. Unless the city is going to force the credit companies to remove transaction fees and monthly account maintenance fees, then the government has NO RIGHT WHATSOEVER to mandate ANYONE to take credit cards. This is the city overstepping it’s bounds in a large way.

  • Darlene Stevens

    I agree they should in uniform and have to speak English., since that is the launage of our country, and if they can speak a second language that wouldbe vvery helpful to some coustmers.Cab drivers should be able to take cash are credit card. Alot of people don’t carry cash on them .It would stop the cab drivers from being robbed if they took credit cards. Goodhygiene shouldn’t have to be mandatory it should be on the person themselves, they should have enough respect for themselves and their body to be cleaned

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