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Other cities’ rules for taxis

In Omaha, cabs are subject to rules and regulations drawn by the Nebraska Public Service Commission.

Drivers there can’t smoke while transporting passengers, and vehicles must be kept “in proper physical and mechanical condition so as to render safe and comfortable public service as determined by the Nebraska Public Service Commission.”

Representatives of the commission can inspect vehicles at any time and order a vehicle out of service.

Tulsa taxis are governed by city regulations.

Those rules say that drivers “shall present and maintain a clean, neat and well-groomed personal appearance such as not to disparage the community.”

“Neat and clean” means that all clothing is “free from soil, grease and dirt and without rips or tears.”

“Clean” means personal hygiene, body and hair cleanliness, and “absence of offensive body odor normally associated with reasonable clothes laundering and bathing or showering.”

“Well-groomed” means beards and mustaches are groomed and neatly trimmed, and scalp and facial hair neatly trimmed and combed or brushed.

Drivers can’t wear undershirts, tank tops, body shirts of see-through mesh, shorts or trunks and open-toed shoes such as sandals.

Cabs there are to be clean, sanitized and free from litter and offensive odors.

Torn and worn upholstery and carpets, and broken seat springs have to be promptly repaired.

Drivers and passengers can’t smoke.

Vehicles can’t be renewed for a permit if they are older than 8 years — the same as in Wichita.

Louisville city ordinances require every new driver to attend a hospitality and safety training program within 60 days of receiving a temporary license, and another such course within a year of renewing a permit.

Cabs can’t be more than 8 years old unless approved by the director of Louisville Metro department of inspections, permits and licenses.

Vehicles there are re-inspected at a minimum of six-month intervals. But police, airport police and any law enforcement officer can inspect at any time, with or without a complaint.

Vehicles must be free of grease, dirt, debris and other trash.

“Passengers shall be able to use the seats and trunk of the vehicle without fear of soiling the attire they are wearing or their luggage,” the rules state.

Seat fabric can’t be torn or ripped. Vehicles must be free of odors. Exteriors must be clean, undamaged and “present a favorable appearance.”

Drivers must present a “favorable image at all times” while in service. Male drivers must wear full-length trousers, no denim or blue jeans. In the summer, they may wear knee-length shorts, not denim or cutoffs.

Male drivers also must wear a shirt with a collar, and neat and clean footwear.

Female drivers must wear a dress, skirt, trousers or slacks “of appropriate length and design.”

Drivers can’t smoke while transporting passengers unless passengers say it’s OK.

Drivers can’t conduct themselves in a way that would be “considered offensive when applying standards of conduct used by a reasonable and prudent person.”

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