That Cabby Dress Code? Itâ€™s Getting a Makeover By Michael M. Grynbaum November 25, 2010The models for what the New York cab driver is wearing now are:
There is a dress code for New York City cabdrivers. Seriously. It is right there on Page 23 of the 62-page manual the city issues to cabbies detailing the rules and regulations regarding their conduct and comportment.
No tube shirts; no tank tops; no bathing trunks. Sartorial scofflaws face a $25 fine. Truth is, though, the rule has come to be regarded as at once overly specific and underenforced.
Now, the cityâ€™s taxi regulators want to change that. The Taxi and Limousine Commission is issuing a new dress code â€” broader in language, in the hopes it can be more widely followed: all cabdrivers, the new code states, must â€?present a professional appearance.â€?
They also interview one guy I know for sure is a white American—Graham Hodges, the author of Taxi! A Social History of the New York City Cabdriver,. Hodges[Email him]is a professor at Colgate now, but he was a New York City cab driver when he was working his way through CUNY—40 years ago.
That's how long it's been since there were Amerricans driving taxis.