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Boston considers taxicab bill of rights

Oct. 24, 2007 at 6:58 PM   |   Comments

BOSTON, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Boston City Council members have proposed a "Taxicab Bill of Rights," to be posted in cabs to inform passengers what they can expect during a ride.

The document would tell passengers they have a right to expect "a driver who knows and obeys all traffic laws; a clean trunk space and passenger area; a taxicab that is in safe working order; and a radio-free (silent) trip," The Boston Globe reported Wednesday.

"Everyone has a bad story about what their worst cab ride was like," said Councilor Michael Ross, the bill's sponsor. "These are some basic, fundamental courtesies that the average citizen should be entitled to."

Cab drivers said during a Tuesday council hearing they want their own guaranteed rights.

"The customer already has enough rights over the cab drivers," cab driver Marckinson Charles said at the hearing. "When I'm treated badly by a customer, who do I report to?"

City Council President Maureen Feeney said she was planning a hearing to consider the creation of a taxicab driver bill of rights.

Topics: Michael Ross
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