The New York Times has a story about the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission requiring taxi drivers in New York to dress "professionally."
That Cabby Dress Code? Itâ€™s Getting a Makeover
By Michael M. Grynbaum
November 25, 2010There is a dress code for New York City cabdrivers. Seriously. It is right there on Page 23 of the 62-page manual the city issues to cabbies detailing the rules and regulations regarding their conduct and comportment.No tube shirts; no tank tops; no bathing trunks. Sartorial scofflaws face a $25 fine. Truth is, though, the rule has come to be regarded as at once overly specific and underenforced.Now, the cityâ€™s taxi regulators want to change that. The Taxi and Limousine Commission is issuing a new dress code â€” broader in language, in the hopes it can be more widely followed: all cabdrivers, the new code states, must â€?present a professional appearance.â€?
The models for what the New York cab driver is wearing now are:
- The cabdriver Nazmul Haque.
- The driver Fuad Hossain.
- The driver Hafiz Mohamedein.
Other interviewees include "Dido Goze, a driver from Ivory Coast"
and [Ms.] Bhairavi Desai, the executive director of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance.
They also interview one guy I know for sure is a white American—Graham Hodges, the author of Taxi! A Social History of the New York City Cabdriver,
. Hodges[Email him
]is a professor at Colgate now,
but he was a New York City cab driver when he was working his way through CUNY—40 years ago.
That`s how long it`s been since there were Amerricans driving taxis.