- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 28, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Taxi drivers in Sacramento must dress properly and demonstrate basic English skills under new rules approved by the city.

The City Council voted 9-0 on Tuesday in favor of the regulations, which also require cabbies to accept credit cards and drive vehicles that are less than 8 years old.

The Sacramento Bee reports (https://bit.ly/RBCGIv) that the dress code requires professionally appropriate clothing. A test will gauge drivers’ English in addition to their ability to count change and navigate Sacramento.

Councilman Steve Hansen said the taxi industry will benefit from the regulations. The ordinance was written in response to reports of fistfights among drivers, rude exchanges with customers and speeding cabs.

Kazman Zaidi, the head of the Sacramento Taxi Cab Union, said the new regulations will create a burden on drivers who are already barely getting by.


Information from: The Sacramento Bee, https://www.sacbee.com

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