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New York, NY - TLC Approves Taxi Dress Code

Published on: January 20, 2011 02:37 PM
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New York, NY - It’s time for shabby cabbies to tidy up.

Taxi and Limousine Commissioners today gave the thumbs up to a new rule requiring drivers to maintain a “a professional appearance.”

Previous rules prohibit underwear worn as outerwear. Tank tops and swimwear were also no-nos.

Except for requiring professional garb, the new rule doesn’t single out any garments in particular.

So haute couture won’t be a cabby sine qua non. “There will be no fashion police,” said TLC Commissioner David Yassky.

Instead, he said, the new rule simply insists that cabbies be neat and clean.

Yassky says the old restrictions were outdated, and the city wanted a simpler rule.

“It updates a dress code rule written 20 years ago that was written for a different time,” he said.

He said religious and ethnic garb is welcome.

“Turbans are absolutely professional dress. Any religious or ethnic garb is absolutely professional,” said Yassky.


Dress code violations haven’t been a problem for cabbies—fewer than 50 summonses for violating dress rules have been written since 1996, officials say.

The TLC approved the rule on a voice vote.

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Read Comments (5)  —  Post Yours »


 Jan 20, 2011 at 04:27 PM zayin Says:

Is deodorant included in "professional dress code"???


 Jan 20, 2011 at 05:30 PM Anonymous Says:

bigger and better goverment. bigger bigger and bigger more regulation and more and more regulations. thats what our founding fathers wanted. soon every body who opens a grosery will have to dress in green and every body who opens a fruit store will have to dress in brown. cuz it after all has to be a "professional" inviroment in ny.


 Jan 20, 2011 at 06:19 PM BobBe Says:

it's time to get a dress code for the shul.
lately it's terrible whats going on.


 Jan 20, 2011 at 07:44 PM scientist Says:

Reply to #3  
BobBe Says:

it's time to get a dress code for the shul.
lately it's terrible whats going on.

What's so terrible? In my shul every body is dressed normal. What's going on in your shul? Tel me


 Jan 21, 2011 at 07:08 AM Anonymous Says:

To #'3 and #'4- I don't like to see people come to Shul during the week (in warmer weather), wearing open toed sandals (sometimes without socks), as well as people wearing shorts. It is very disrepectful to come to Shul dressed that way. It may be the custom in some Shuls in EY to do that, but it is not the custom here.


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