The Blog Gets Action: Cabbies, Get Off the Phone!
Last month right here on the big blog, a lot of you vented about the annoying habit many taxi drivers have of yammering away on the cell phone throughout your ride in their cab. We learned that some cities around the country are trying to force cabbies off their phones, at least while a passenger is in the vehicle.
No such effort is underway in the District, but now, thanks to the outcry here on Raw Fisher, the company that dominates the taxi industry in Montgomery County is setting out some new rules for its drivers:
"Paying customers want drivers to pay attention to them and the road instead of talking on the phone. No one should be talking on their cell phones while they're driving. It's distracting, and in a paid transportation situation, it's rude. .... There is no need for a taxicab driver to take or return a cell phone call until after a trip has been completed.... Taxi drivers, like other citizens, can put the phone on vibrate and check it after the passenger has exited the vehicle."
Barwood Cab's memo to its drivers is a definite step in the right direction, though it obviously lacks the teeth of a government regulation. In the weeks to come, if you see MoCo cabbies conforming to their company's rule--or if you don't--let me know, and I'll try to pursue the matter here.
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