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Seattle May Drop Hygiene Requirements for Taxi Drivers

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) -- Seattle currently regulates what taxi drivers wear, how they look and how they smell.  But the city is considering pumping the brakes on this measure, and letting drivers set their own standards for dress code and hygiene when they are behind the wheel.

As part of the budget package for next year, Seattle may do away with the city-mandated taxi driver dress code.

While some view it as a positive step for drivers whose companies and jobs have been subject to too much government oversight, others are concerned that without such regulations, riders may receive an unpleasant experience.  The convenience of getting across the city in the back of the cab might be overshadowed by the stench coming from the driver's seat.

Currently, drivers are expected to have "well groomed facial hair," wear clothing "without unrepaired rips and tears," and are expected to be free from "offensive body odor," to name a few requirements.

Lisa Peyer, chief of staff of the city's Department of Finance and Administrative Services, which oversees taxi regulations in Seattle, said she thinks this is the first time a proposal has been put forth to eliminate the dress code.

"The city doesn't dictate to any other business in the city how they should dress," Denise Movius, deputy director of the Department of Finance and Administrative Services, told ABC News affiliate KOMO-TV.

"Basically they're saying, 'Treat us like adults,'" Movius said.

If the taxi dress code is eliminated, Peyer said some rules would still exist for drivers, but that they would be "self regulated by the company, the association, and the drivers."

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Shopping Cart Injures Two in Taxi Driver Dispute

Comstock/T​hinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A shopping cart that critically injured two men might have been used as a weapon in a dispute between taxi drivers competing for fares outside a New York City shopping center, according to a taxi driver representative.

Louncey Camara, 52, and Ibrahima Sagne, 30, were hit after the cart plummeted three stories at Mott Haven Mall in the Bronx.

“It’s about who took whose passenger, and who was waiting for who, and whether you can really pick them up or not pick them up,” Fernando Mateo, president of the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers, told WABC of the brewing battle between licensed and unlicensed cabbies.

The New York Police Department said it is reviewing surveillance video of the incident in order to determine what happened.

Camara suffered lacerations and a puncture to his forehead and Sagne had lacerations to an eye and the back of his head.

This is the second time in three months that a shopping cart has been pushed from a higher floor and landed on a shopper.

Marion Hedges, 47, went into a coma after two boys pushed a shopping cart from a fourth-floor parking garage in New York City Oct. 30, 2011. Hedges had been shopping for Halloween candy to donate to charity at the time she was hit.

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Snowstorm Prompts Family to Take $900 Cab Ride Home 

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It started out as a dream vacation to Disney World in Florida, but the return trip home for one New York family turned out to be a 13-hour, $900 cab ride.

Emilian Emeagwali and her five children spent nearly a week at the Orlando theme park when their flight to New York's Kennedy International Airport was canceled Sunday due to the massive snowstorm that slammed into the Northeast this past weekend.

"We arrived at Delta around 12:30 but they told us they canceled all the flights and the next available flight for us would be on Wednesday," Emeagwali told ABC News in a phone interview. "So I decided to book a flight with JetBlue to take us to Buffalo, and from there we took a cab."

The family took the cab to the local Greyhound station.

When they arrived there, they found out there were no buses in service.

At that point, Emeagwali asked the cab driver to take the family to a hotel, according to The New York Times.

That's when driver Eddy Emran said he would get them home if "they were willing to pay," the Times reported.

"What the airport taxi charges to take people to New York is $1,100. I asked him, Can he give me a discount and if it is possible for him to drive me to New York," said Emeagwali. "He sympathized with me, so he decided to waive $200 so he charged me $900.

From Buffalo, Emran drove 13 hours to bring the Emaegwali family back to their home in Elmont, N.Y.

Emeagwali said the ride home was dark and visibility was low.

"It was so dark, the snow was all over, the wind was blowing, I was so scared," she said. "He [Emran] was so careful. He was driving like 30 miles per hour, and if the visibility was too bad he would stop, and if any of the kids needed to use the bathroom or needed to stretch he would stop."

At one point during the trip, she thought the wind would blow the cab off the road.

"The visibility there was so low, the wind was so high and the snow on the ground and then we used the GPS and sometimes the GPS would tell us we are on the wrong road, we should make a U-turn," she said.

But Emran told the Times he was used to this type of weather.

"This is nothing for me," Emran said of the storm. 

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