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Friday, September 09, 2005

Bald & Not Beautiful – Taxing times for Taxi drivers

In order to give a ‘face’lift to the city’s cabs, government officials in the Chinese city of Nanjing are clamping down on cabbies who are bald, have long hair / goatees etc. Not many cab drivers will be able to comply to these conditions. If the clamp down on the refusal to pick up passengers is implemented in Chennai, 80 – 90% of the auto drivers would be suspended for 15 days. This would help a lot as there will be less traffic in the roads. If IA/AI adopt similar fashion conscious policies some of the senior cabin crew will be out of jobs.

In a bid to spruce up the city's image, authorities in China's Nanjing are banning taxi drivers who are bald, wear their hair too long, have moustaches or wear too much make-up, media said on Tuesday. The new rules are part of a 10-point plan to smarten up Nanjing, capital of eastern Jiangsu province, ahead of October's 10th National Games.

"Male taxi drivers cannot have long hair or strange hairstyles, cannot be bald and cannot grow moustaches or goatees," the report said.

"Women drivers must not use too much make-up and should wear appropriate clothes."

The report did not mention penalties for drivers that break the rules, but did say that cabbies who refused to pick up passengers could be kept off the streets for up to 15 days. The rules are part of a 10-point guideline which also encourage cab drivers to not take intentionally longer routes, stop in illegal areas and smoke in the taxis.

8 Comments:

  • AI/IA crew union is so strong that, the AI/IA orgn may take a long time to implement what you are suggesting...

    But they need do. Otherwise, the private airlines like Jet or Sahara may win over them.

    By Blogger Ram.C, at 8:45 AM  

  • thats sad - making ppl lose their jobs they're good at coz they're old and not good looking?

    are we moving into the stone ages?

    By Blogger visithra, at 3:08 PM  

  • Chinese officials miss the point. What passengers like is good service (mostly a genuine smile), ambience and probably apt pricing. We do not look for sexy or the most handsome. Nothing puts me off than a fake laugh that you find with most airlines. In that context, I found in IA and in Sahara the best smiles though the ones in IA were mature as well :)

    INODA (Indian National Organization for Developmental Activities - Chennai) trains auto drivers to be polite and charge reasonable rates. I could not find it's website. But if you Google it, you will find some info.

    By Blogger Chanakya, at 3:34 PM  

  • Perhaps they have taken the word "facelift" quite literally.

    By Blogger Chakra Sampath, at 3:51 PM  

  • Err... are they going to apply this clamp down on cabbies who wear blue underwears too? Man, life can be crazier and funnier than the best of comedy movies! The fashion police of Nanjing would give the Taliban a run for their money :)

    By Blogger Bala (Karthik), at 9:08 PM  

  • @Ram,
    I doubt whether AI and IA can do like this

    @Visithra,
    it's really disgusting. The taxi drivers must be feeling insecure

    @Chanakya,
    The service aspect has not at all been stressed here. Hv never travelled in Sahara and hence can't comment on the same.
    Thanx for the info on INODA.

    @Chakra,
    yeah...looks like that

    @Bala,
    dunno about that. their policy sounds absurd.

    By Blogger Kaps, at 2:01 PM  

  • The Chinese authorities really need to get some perspective. This is a draconian proposal that would be declared unconstitutional by the courts in any other country. I read somewhere that you need to be of a certain height to be a manager in banks in China. Apparently, surgeries to have your height increased are not uncommon in modern China. A truly Orwellian state.

    Your point about auto-drivers in Chennai is valid, but the context chosen is inappropriate (I know you didn't mean to sound sympathetic to the proposal).
    - Nanda Kishore

    By Blogger Gameboys, at 3:03 PM  

  • @Gameboys,
    as you rightly said these kind of policies will not find favour in the courts.

    Thanks for letting me know that the reference to chennai auto drivers was not appropriate. my only point was that unruly demands of auto drivers are still being tolerated in places like India whereas the government is imposing ridiculous policies in China.

    By Blogger Kaps, at 10:48 PM  

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