‘The most dangerous job’ for cab drivers is to keep them away from a new federal rule requiring them to be trained to recognize and avoid drunk drivers
The Trump administration is moving to tighten the rules governing how taxi drivers are trained in the safety of driving.
The rule, which was approved in the past week by the Transportation Security Administration, requires them to undergo training to avoid drivers who have drunk.
Under the new rules, cab drivers could face fines of up to $500 and a suspension of their drivers licenses for six months.
The Transportation Security Agency also said it would be issuing a “safety briefing” to cab drivers to show them how to spot people driving drunk and to alert them if they suspect a driver might be intoxicated.
The agency will use the training materials to train taxi drivers on the dangers of drunk driving, a source familiar with the process told The Washington Times.
“The department believes it is appropriate for the department to offer this safety briefing as part of the normal vetting process,” Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao told The Times.
She said the safety briefing will be made available to all the public.
A federal judge has temporarily blocked the implementation of the new safety guidelines, but the rule has been set to go into effect on Nov. 30.
The cab driver’s union, the International Association of Cabbies, said the training is necessary for the safety and well-being of the thousands of cab drivers who rely on public transportation to make ends meet.
The National Council of Cabs has been lobbying for months for the new training, arguing that it would allow cab drivers more time to prepare for the increased traffic.
But the White House says it has no intention of imposing stricter standards.
“We have not requested any new training requirements,” said Caitlin Hayden, a spokeswoman for the Office of Management and Budget.
“There is a safety briefing that is currently being conducted by the federal government, and there are a number of other initiatives that the administration is working to help protect against the threat of drunk drivers,” Hayden said.
“As a result, we believe that the rule is likely to be issued in the coming days.”
The Transportation Department says the training will be available to the public on Nov