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.

Posted by: DMartyr at 11:29 AM


1 Greetings:

And here I thought all them folks washed up five (prayer) times a day.

I drove a hack during my college days in the New York City of the early '70s, and there was a rule that drivers should only wear caps and not fedoras. It didn't affect me any because my mother's tastes had pretty much cured me of wearing hats except "in extremis".

Posted by: 11B40 at March 19, 2014 11:36 AM

2 Seems like the hippie cab drivers would be equally furious.

Posted by: The Sanity Inspector at March 19, 2014 12:44 PM

3 These are the same backwards people that demand places to wash their feet all over the place. Then again, in a desert atmosphere, washing dirty sandal-ed feet is needed. The rest of the stink from BO/sweat is what they believe their "paradise" smells like.

Posted by: Kafiroon at March 19, 2014 04:01 PM

4 Next thing you know, the city will forbid goat-fucking during lunch breaks ...

Posted by: Kristophr at March 20, 2014 12:41 PM

5 Filthy, dirty, stinking, arrogant, ignorant camel-jockeys.

Posted by: Shadowman at March 21, 2014 02:08 AM

6 I live in a close suburb of Sacramento, so I've been following the debate.

The REAL beef with the new proposal is that cabbies would have to prove some basic fluency in English and basic arithmetic.

Foot washing; yes, the Airport has provided foot-washing stations. The joke is that the Islamic rule is that if you're wearing socks, only a ritual wet washcloth passed over the toes is required.

Posted by: Ken Mitchell at March 21, 2014 09:26 PM

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