City launches cell phone cabbies ban
NEW YORK (WABC) -- The rules of the road are changing for taxi and limo drivers Friday.
They'll have to stay off their cell phones while driving or face a hefty fine -- and possibly the loss of their license.
Cab drivers were out at Penn Station overnight and this morning talking about these new rules, which take affect as of Friday.
The TLC is actually cracking down on cab and limo drivers. They will not be able to use any electronic cell phone device while driving passengers in the car.
"It's actually kind of good because I hate whenever they're on the cell phone," one passenger said.
"I'm glad that they're doing this. Sometimes I don't know if they're talking to me or if they are on the phone," said another passenger.
The cab drivers have a mixed reaction on these rules.
"My wife works in the city and if something happens to her, she calls. I mean, I understand you cannot be talking on the phone for nonsense for a half-hour, that's not making sense. But if there is an emergency, you should be able to answer the phone," said one driver.
The fines for the drivers who violate these rules are hefty:
So cabbies, if you need to talk on the phone, pull over to the side of the road. That's the only thing you can do, starting today.
new york city, cell phone, local news, anthony johnson
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