NYC cabbies win right to veto racy taxi ads

File of a New York City cab (AP Photo)

September 16, 2011 2:36:25 PM PDT
New York City cabbies who object to driving taxis topped with ads for strip clubs have won the right to veto the racy ads.

The city's Taxi and Limousine Commission approved a new rule Thursday that lets cabbies who own their vehicles say no to the racy ads.

Previously the owners of taxi medallions could decide what ads to put on the cars. Many taxi owners do not own the medallion.

Several cabbies told the commission they hated the provocative roof ads. Driver Mohan Singh said his 6-year-old granddaughter saw the ad for Flashdancers Gentlemen's Club on top of his taxi and told him she wanted to be a Flashdancer when she grew up.

The new rule does not apply to drivers who lease their taxis from the owners.