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Cabbies Want a Sign the City Cares About Their Safety

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A group of taxi drivers wants the city of Chicago to put signs inside cabs listing new stiff penalties for assaulting drivers.

Fayez Khozindar heads the group asking for the signs.

KHOZINDAR: When you go to construction site, the first thing you see is a sign telling you that if you hit a worker – 14 years in jail and $10,000 fine. That is a deterrent. That’s why we ask, please, put this sign in the back of every cab in Chicago.

The department responsible for regulating cabs turned down the idea last week. But it says it might reconsider. Consumer Services Commissioner Norma Reyes says a sign won’t deter violence as long as cabbies handle cash and drive alone.

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