Although cabbies haven't exactly been the target of the "Fashion Police"—nor the Taxi and Limousine Commission's dress code violations—the rules on appearance are getting a re-write nonetheless.
Whereas the previous dress code for New York city cab drivers banned specific garments such as "tube shirts," sleeveless shirts, trousers that stopped above the mid-thigh, and open-toed sandals, the new regulations for attire simply call for drivers to "present a professional appearance." Though we're not sure how many cab drivers sported tube tops—especially males—the past rules, which have been in place since 1987, where a reflection on the trends of a specific time.
The fact that the taxi commission has issued a mere 42 dress code violations to its drivers since 1996, the The New York Times reports, makes it somewhat puzzling that there would even be a need for such revisions, especially considering how few cabbies are aware of the code's existence. David S. Yassky, chairman of the city's Taxi and Limousine Commission, explained that the new code, which is expected to pass at a public hearing next month, is an attempt to simplify one of the city's many superfluous rules. “Trying to have a rule that applies to fashion trends is a losing game,” he told the Times. That's quite a fashion-forward statement, and one we'd definitely agree with.