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Plan for English test, dress code is driving cabbies crazy in California

Cab drivers in one California city are riled up over a series of proposed rules that would require them to speak proficient English and adhere to a dress code.

The proposals, which passed Sacramento’s law and legislation committee Tuesday, ask cabbies to wear collared shirts and slacks and take an English proficiency test. Vehicles that are more than 8 years old could be taken off the road.

Broken credit card machines and the cleanliness of drivers and vehicles also were top issues on a list of complaints the committee reviewed, according to Fox 40.

The proposal has drawn support from Yellow Cab and other large taxi operators, as well as from hotels and downtown convention executives.

But some firms don't like the proposed rules, saying they could drive smaller operators out of business.

Afghanistan native Jamil Nabiza admitted to Fox 40 that language here in the U.S. has been a challenge, but other cabbies, such as Zabi Sakhi, a college student, say the proposed rules would hurt drivers financially.

“It’s not only affecting my business, but it’s affecting my family,” he said, when asked about spending extra money to meet a dress code.

The full Sacramento city council will now debate the proposed changes within the next two months.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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