Taxi drivers in New York have been warned this week that they must stop persistently honking their horns at all hours of the day and night. The Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) has issued the warning.
The TLC and the New York Police Department (NYPD) have the power to fine them $350 if they are thought to be honking their horn unnecessarily. The organisations have even gone as far as telling passengers to inform them if the horns are blown for no reason.
David Yassky, Chief of the TLC sent taxi drivers a message saying: “Drivers — remember that honking is against the law except when warning of imminent danger!”
It is thought that the message may be for those that have recently invested in a taxi insurance policy, and are, therefore, inexperienced taxi drivers as they are more likely to use their horn to express anger at traffic jams.
It has been reported that a letter from a resident in Manhattan is what prompted the warning. The letter read that taxi drivers were repeatedly honking their horns outside the resident’s window.
Mr Yassky has said that he is aware that the issue is widespread however, and he now hopes the message will go some way to reminding taxi drivers to try to avoid honking if it is not absolutely necessary.
The TLC has recorded that only 30 complaints were filed between July and September, which is down from the 50 that were filed during the same period last year.
Mr Yassky added that the main thing is for drivers to be considerate to their fellow road users and the residents of Manhattan, and that blowing the horn in order to get traffic to move quicker or to express anger simply is not allowed.
Many New York taxi drivers however feel that honking their horn is just merely part of their job and they have said that they are not prepared to change their driving style.