March 20, 2008

Cabdrivers Rally For Right To Use Cell Phones On Duty

taxi.jpg Cabdrivers rallied Wednesday in Downtown Manhattan to call on the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission to allow drivers to use hands-free cell phones while on duty. NY Top 1 reports.

Currently, it is illegal for drivers to use a hands free kit.

"In all professions workers have some form of communication that they carry around,” said Bhairavi Desai of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance. “It could be their cellphone, it could be a walkie-talkie, a CB radio, - or it could be a telephone at their desk. Why are taxi drivers expected to work 12 hours a day, without any live communication, like a cell phone?”

"We should be allowed to use a cell phone, an emergency could be with any professional driver anywhere," said another woman cabdriver.

The TLC responded with a statement that said, "Unfortunately, cell phone abuse has resulted in many instances of drivers leaving their passengers feeling improperly served and downright unsafe, which studies agree is a true concern."

Related: Woman Chokes Out Cab Driver For Using Cell Phone - A city cab driver is back on the job after she was allegedly attacked by an unruly passenger who was angry she was talking on her cell phone.

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