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Raleigh cab drivers face changes

Posted November 5, 2009

— Cab drivers in Raleigh are required to start operating under new regulations on Sunday.

The regulations cover everything from maintaining a vehicle to a cab drivers' appearance. Vehicles must be less than 10 years old, have less than 250,000 miles and a working air conditioner.

Cabs are also required to install security cameras.

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Drivers must also follow a dress code that includes no shorts, mini skirts or flip flops.

Nabile Hanna, who for Sammy's taxi service, said he is welcoming the new regulations.

“I like it,” Hanna said Thursday.

Downtown Raleigh isn’t the only area cracking down on taxi drivers. Raleigh-Durham International Airport maintains its own taxi service and already has specific rules in place.

Officers recently busted cab driver Wayne Bordeau for operating at RDU with fake license tags and no insurance.

“We want to ensure that from our taxi drivers to our limo services, that we ensure that they meet our standards and that they are safe and courteous for our passengers,” RDU spokeswoman Mindy Hamlin said.

Loren Gold, executive vice president of the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the city’s new taxi cab ordinance is about maintaining consistency in how cab companies operate and how they represent the city.

“It does keep these small time operators potentially on the sidelines if they don’t comply with the ordinance,” Gold said.


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  • coolwill43 Nov 6, 2009

    How about this make sure they have a valid driver’s (chauffeurs) license, the highest rated liability insurance, and the proper tags and inspection, they are bonded, all drivers are registered in the cities database, that they all should be legal in the US, they all should have calibrated and inspected meters by the city, their chauffeurs license should be posted as well as their business license in the cab. I hope everyone knows at the last minute the city council remove the provision requiring all cab drivers to be US citizens.

  • sinenomine Nov 6, 2009

    So sorry to have exceeded your attention span offconstantly.

  • LOWES25 Nov 6, 2009

    Most cabs drivers I have seen are smoking in the cabs, eventho it says "NO SMOKING" displayed on the windows, the cabs smell and they are smoking and making noises like they are on their last mile.

  • LOWES25 Nov 6, 2009

    How many of those cab drivers can actually pass a drug test?

  • whatelseisnew Nov 6, 2009

    Ah I enjoy watching people embrace more and more control over their lives. Of course, they foolishly embrace it thinking, ah the other guy is being controlled, and I like that for it "PROTECTS" me. Congratulations on welcoming the "STATE" right on in.

  • Nikka Nov 6, 2009

    I'm not a fan of the local taxi scene... when I do actually need a cab, I specifically request a non-Nigerian driver as they have awful personalities, don't listen to your directions too well and tend to try to rip you off.

  • ncsudan Nov 6, 2009

    I have been in 3, count them 3 cab accidents in my life (as a fair), all in NYC so it is not that surprising, LOL. In Raleigh, I have refused to get into 2 cabs due to bumperstickers/political signs on them that I did not agree with. I wrote the cab company and let them know about this, and have never called that company again. Cabs should be free from personal expression, clean and have seatbelts in the back! Mainly because I have had the three previous wrecks while riding in cabs.

  • shortcake53 Nov 6, 2009

    I have seen many cab drivers that I would refuse to get into a car with. Personal hygene did not appear to be a priority , so you can only imagine what condition the cab is in.

  • NC is my home Nov 6, 2009

    R-line is free & buses less expensive.

  • Tater Salad Returns Nov 6, 2009

    "Cabs are also required to install security cameras"

    so basically, the public can feel safer in a cab than around the RPD who typically get hostile when cameras are present