Following up on some of the points raised in Allen
Togwell’s column in last months’ issue regarding a driver’s dress
code, Call Sign decided to run a mini-survey of
subscriber’s views on suitable attire for going to work in their
With his Saville Row trousers, Dial-a-Cab logoed short-sleeved shirt and tie and with a clipboard tucked under his arm, our Call Sign reporter went onto the streets of the metropolis to gauge our driver’s views on ‘dressing for work’.
This was no scientific poll; just a random sample of what our drivers felt was comfortable clothing for warm days / nights, while offering an image of respectability when meeting our passengers. Every driver we spoke to expressed firm views, eloquently stated and to a man (unfortunately no ladies were available for interview) told of their distaste for shabby clothing, which they regarded as a poor reflection on our industry and which was often mirrored in the condition of the taxi driven by those individual drivers!
What they said:
DRESS CODE – DAC DRIVERS GIVE THEIR VIEWS
Michael Kaye (N4)
"I think a dress code should be voluntary, as should logoed clothing, although such items as Xmas gifts are ok - although we should not be charged for such clothing. Clean jeans (denims) are ok by me. I would not like to see an imposed dress code and I doubt if it would work. Generally speaking, if drivers are reasonably ‘smart casual’ that’s ok. It’s also a self-respect thing. Anyway, passengers expect to be driven safely and treated courteously, so as long as you are comfortable you can concentrate on driving safely."
dress standard. Tailored shorts and collared shirts
as per golf clubs. They have dress guidelines, don’t they, and so
should we. I haven’t actually seen anybody in the proverbial ‘string
vest’ but he must be out there. I certainly have no objection to
corporate image logoed clothing… yes, why not?"
© Call Sign Magazine MM6
A Complaints meeting was heard on 29 August 2006. The results are below…
Rep = Reprimand… Susp = Suspension… ‘No complaint to answer’ is not published
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