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Dress code toughened for cabbies

By Kim Se-jeong

Taxi drivers in Seoul will be banned from wearing slip on sandals, shorts and caps to improve the quality of service from November, the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) said Monday.

The adoption of a dress code is in line with a law that requires public transport drivers to have neat attire or clothes designated by the operators.

Sleeveless shirts, shorts and sweat pants are not permitted, as well as barefoot driving.

They will also be barred from wearing caps that can be used to partially hide a driver's identity from passengers. This grew out of complaints from female passengers fearful of male drivers who might kidnap them.

Drivers who violate the dress code will be subject to 100,000 won fines. In addition to the fine, cabbies caught violating the rules will be suspended from working for three days. For a second violation, the suspension will be five days.

The city government has long talked about implementing a dress code for taxi drivers.

Between 2009 and 2010, the city made it mandatory for all taxi drivers to wear shirts with stripes. The city provided them to the drivers, but the uniform idea was scrapped because of opposition from taxi drivers who claimed the city was infringing on their freedom.

Instead, the city issued a "what-not-to-wear" list, and had taxi companies monitor it independently.

Kook Eung-saeng, a city government official handling the issue, said the city wants the uniform back and is seeking such a measure. "We will meet with taxi companies and encourage them to come up with their own uniform within each company," he said. "Freedom is important, but it's about the quality of service, too."

Taxi drivers do not seem happy with the city's stance.

Lee Cheol-young who has been a taxi driver in Seoul for 10 years said, "I understand the concern for the safety of female passengers, but it's wrong for the city to try to solve the problem by imposing on taxi drivers' freedom. The city should have more important things to decide; not regulating what taxi drivers wear."



Korean Language

서울 택시기사 반바지·슬리퍼 안돼…복장단속 강화

서울시, 지정복장 재도입도 추진

반바지, 트레이닝복, 얼굴을 가리는 모자…. 서울의 택시 기사가 착용해서는 안 되는 복장들이다.

서울시는 택시 운수종사자의 품위를 유지하고 서비스 질을 높이고자 택시 기사들의 복장 단속을 강화하고 지정복장 도입을 추진한다고 5일 밝혔다.

여객자동차운수사업 개선명령에 따르면 운수종사자는 금지복장 외 용모단정한 복장을 착용하거나 운송사업자가 요구한 지정복장을 착용해야 한다.

구체적으로 상의는 쫄티나 소매 없는 셔츠, 러닝셔츠, 미풍양속을 저해하는 문구 등으로 디자인된 옷, 하의는 반바지나 칠부바지, 트레이닝복 등이 금지 복장으로 규정돼 있다.

승객이 운전자의 눈을 볼 수 없을 정도로 얼굴을 가리는 모자, 발등과 발뒤꿈치를 조이지 않은 슬리퍼를 착용하거나 양말을 신지 않고 맨발로 운행하는 행위 역시 단속 대상이다.

이를 위반하면 여객자동차운수사업법에 따라 해당 기사에게는 과태료 10만원이 부과된다. 해당 회사에도 처음 적발되면 3일, 두 번째 적발부터는 5일간 운행 정지 명령이 내려진다.

서울시는 원래 지정복장제를 시행했다. 그러나 복장 규정이 과도하다는 택시 기사들의 반발로 2011년 11월부터 자율복장제로 바꾸는 대신 금지복장 규정을 만들어 적용해 왔다.

서울시 관계자는 '승차거부 등 단속을 강화하다 보니 상대적으로 복장 규정 단속이 느슨해졌다'면서 '대부분 기사가 복장 규정을 잘 지키고 있지만 모자를 눌러 쓴 택시 기사의 경우 밤에 택시를 탄 여성들이 무서워하는 등 민원이 많아 복장 단속을 강화하기로 한 것'이라고 설명했다.

서울시는 각 택시회사를 찾아 교대 시간에 복장 점검에 나섰다. 또 주·정차 요원은 현장에서 복장 규정을 위반한 기사들을 단속한다.

서울시는 다시 지정 복장을 만들기로 하고 법인·개인택시조합과 복장개선 가이드라인 마련을 협의 중이다. (연합뉴스)



By Kim Se-jeong

Taxi drivers in Seoul will be banned from wearing slip on sandals, shorts and caps to improve the quality of service from November, the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) said Monday.

The adoption of a dress code is in line with a law that requires public transport drivers to have neat attire or clothes designated by the operators.

Sleeveless shirts, shorts and sweat pants are not permitted, as well as barefoot driving.

They will also be barred from wearing caps that can be used to partially hide a driver's identity from passengers. This grew out of complaints from female passengers fearful of male drivers who might kidnap them.

Drivers who violate the dress code will be subject to 100,000 won fines. In addition to the fine, cabbies caught violating the rules will be suspended from working for three days. For a second violation, the suspension will be five days.

The city government has long talked about implementing a dress code for taxi drivers.

Between 2009 and 2010, the city made it mandatory for all taxi drivers to wear shirts with stripes. The city provided them to the drivers, but the uniform idea was scrapped because of opposition from taxi drivers who claimed the city was infringing on their freedom.

Instead, the city issued a "what-not-to-wear" list, and had taxi companies monitor it independently.

Kook Eung-saeng, a city government official handling the issue, said the city wants the uniform back and is seeking such a measure. "We will meet with taxi companies and encourage them to come up with their own uniform within each company," he said. "Freedom is important, but it's about the quality of service, too."

Taxi drivers do not seem happy with the city's stance.

Lee Cheol-young who has been a taxi driver in Seoul for 10 years said, "I understand the concern for the safety of female passengers, but it's wrong for the city to try to solve the problem by imposing on taxi drivers' freedom. The city should have more important things to decide; not regulating what taxi drivers wear."

Kim Se-jeong skim@koreatimes.co.kr


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