Sacramento wants cab drivers to have basic hygiene, other regulations
POSTED: Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 11:00am
UPDATED: Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 11:04am
(CNN) — Sacramento city officials want cabbies to clean up their act.
They are proposing new regulations for drivers, but not everyone is happy about it.
Sacramento cabbie Ahmid Mahmoud is fired-up:
"We don't have rent to pay we don't have bills to pay," he asks out loud.
So he's lining up his fellow drivers to take on city hall:
"Do those guys have common sense," Mahmoud asks.
The city is considering putting stricter rules in place for Sacramento taxi drivers.
Making sure vehicles are no older than 8 years, putting a new dress code in place, collared shirt and slacks, making it mandatory for all taxis to accept credit cards, and another requirement
Mahmoud calls unnecessary: a new policy requiring drivers to be hygienically clean, "That's very insulting for me and for all the drivers," he says.
One passenger gave us his take: “Yeah basic hygiene, I would agree with that."
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. The city calls it good business:
"So I want them to be the ambassadors and be the representatives for our city," explained City Council Member, Dafna Gauthier.
The proposal also calls for drivers to take a cabbie quiz: testing their command of the English language.
(Sample question): Smoking is prohibited in cars which word closely relates to the underline word?
(Hoping they're able to pick number three).
Some are hoping the changes go through: "I don't think that's asking too much," said a passenger.
Ahmid Mahmoud might beg to differ: "You don't tell them after twenty five years or ten years you need to take a test."