by Brian Hayes | Top Right News
New regulations passed by the Sacramento City Council will require taxi drivers in Sacramento to speak English.
The City Council passed new rules requiring drivers have proof of basic English skills, as well as making sure cars are eight years old or newer and that drivers wear “professional” clothing. The move came after a massive wave of complaints from the public of drivers not understanding instructions, getting lost, and drivers having “bad hygiene.”
English-speaking drivers in America? Sounds like common sense, right? You’d not only be wrong, you’d be RACIST:
The Sacramento Taxicab Union vehemently opposes the new regulations, saying they are discriminatory, mainly against the heavily-Muslim “immigrants” who drive cabs there.
Kazman Zaidi is the president of the Sacramento Taxicab Union, which denounced the new regulations.
Zaidi is left wondering if drivers like Raheem will be able to keep working .
“Why is the city causing trouble for our cab drivers?” he said. “This is really racial discrimination.”
“Maybe they can’t read English, but they can understand, and they can answer the question and where the customer need to go,” he said.
Some estimates predict nearly one-third of drivers may lack sufficient knowledge of English to pass the test — which is shocking from a public safety perspective, since all road signs in California are in English (not Arabic).
“If they don’t pass this English test, they have to lose their job, you know?” he said. “And they will be out of business.”
Um, that’s the general idea, Kazman.
Not all of the taxicab associations objected to the regulations.
Sacramento City Revenue Manager Brad Wasson says the new requirements are in a response to frequent complaints from customers.
“The whole point is from the passenger’s perspective so that they can communicate with the driver, and get to where they need to go,” he said.
Imagine that. English-speaking Americans actually want English-speaking cab drivers, and the California capitol city agrees! Check my pulse!
But don’t hold your breath. I’m sure a complain from CAIR or the ACLU is just around the corner.