March 19, 2014
Sacramento Cabdrivers Angry Over New Hygiene Requirements
When I first read this headline, my initial thought was that it must apply to Middle Eastern cabbies. But then I dismissed that notion as me being an Islamophobe...
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.
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,
- - and 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.