New proposed rules for cab drivers in Sacramento are causing Muslim cabbies to think they’re being taken for a ride. They say the new rules, including a dress code, hygiene guidelines, and English language ability are just not fair.
FOX News Cab drivers in one California city are riled up over a series of proposed rules that would require them to speak proficient English and adhere to a dress code. The proposals, which passed Sacramento’s law and legislation committee Tuesday, ask cabbies to wear collared shirts and slacks and take an English proficiency test. Vehicles that are more than 8 years old could be taken off the road.
Broken credit card machines and the cleanliness of drivers and vehicles also were top issues on a list of complaints the committee reviewed, according to Fox 40.
The proposal has drawn support from Yellow Cab and other large taxi operators, as well as from hotels and downtown convention executives. But some firms don’t like the proposed rules, saying they could drive smaller operators out of business.
Afghanistan native Jamil Nabiza admitted to Fox 40 that language here in the U.S. has been a challenge, but other cabbies, such as Zabi Sakhi, a college student, say the proposed rules would hurt drivers financially. “It’s not only affecting my business, but it’s affecting my family,” he said, when asked about spending extra money to meet a dress code.
CBS (h/t Henry P) Ahmid Mahmoud is fired up about the proposed changes. “We don’t have rent to pay? We don’t have bills to pay?” he said. So he’s lining up his fellow drivers to take on City Hall. SEE VIDEO HERE
The city is considering putting stricter rules in place for Sacramento taxi drivers including:
Making sure vehicles are no more than 8 years old,
A dress code of a collared shirt and slacks,
Making it mandatory for all taxis to accept credit cards
A new policy requiring drivers to be hygienically clean.
“That’s very insulting for me, and for all drivers,” Mahmoud said, calling the last requirement unnecessary.
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. (Maybe that’s the idea?)
The city calls it good business. “I want them to be the ambassadors, and be the representatives for our city,” said Dafna Gauthier. The proposal also calls for drivers to take a cabbie quiz testing their command of the English language. The quiz would include directional questions: One city official says a cabbie didn’t know how to take her five blocks from City Hall to the Capitol.
More reasons why you should NEVER HIRE A MUSLIM