It's so common place that you don't even notice it anymore. I'm talking about those taxi drivers who look like they've been wearing the same shirt for 3 days straight. One time I saw a taxi driver wearing a suit and I thought I was in the Twilight Zone.
As it turns out, the city is also tired of the way taxi drivers present themselves. They are technically ambassadors for the city and it's about time they dressed the part.
This morning (Wednesday), the chairman of the Taxi bureau of Montreal announced the new regulations for 2016.
Starting January 1st:
- All taxis must follow a strict dress code. This includes dark pants, light colored shirts, socks (thank god), shoes (no sandals) and limo drivers must wear suits.
- New taxi cars cannot be older than 3 years and they must be retired when they're 8 years or older.
- Drivers must take training courses to learn about events and city attractions.
- All taxis must have surveillance cameras and they must accept credit and debit cards.
I wonder how long before they find a way to blame this on Uber.