Turbans allowed by new cab rules

Turbans allowed by new cab rulesThe Taxi and Limousine Commissioner of New York has classified turbans as absolutely professional dress saying that any religious or ethnic garb is absolutely professional.

Commissioner David Yassky said cabbies are not expected to wear high fashion dressing and all they need to do is to be clean and neat.

From in.news.yahoo.com:

The new rules ‘update a dress code rule written 20 years ago that was written for a different time’, he said, referring to the rapid growth of the immigrant population from beyond Europe.

The nod for religious and ethnic garb is a reflection of the legion of taxi drivers from South Asia and the Middle East in New York’s melting pot population of more than eight million. Over 70 nationalities live in the Queens and Brooklyn boroughs alone.

The issue of cabbie fashion popped up in August 2010 when a passenger attempted to kill a Muslim driver during the heat of controversy over the building of an Islamic culture centre near the Ground Zero site of the 2001 terrorist attacks.

The dress code decreed 20 years ago banned underwear worn as outerwear. Tank tops, T-shirts and swimsuits were prohibited even on hot summer days.

The new rules do not specify what kind of clothes taxi drivers should be wearing.

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