Taxi drivers have been ordered to improve their personal hygiene after complaints from customers.
Woking Borough Council has issued guidance to its drivers in the wake of reports of unprofessional behavior, describing hoodies and bare chests as “unacceptable standards of dress”.
Football shirts, baseball caps and clothing with offensive words and logos are also deemed to be unprofessional. Acceptable clothing includes shirts, blouses and t-shirts, though polo shirts or sweat tops “should cover the shoulders and be capable of being worn inside trousers”.
A report to authority’s licensing committee this week includes a dress code for both private hire and Hackney Carriage operators.
It reads: “Drivers shall pay particular attention to personal hygiene and dress so as to present a professional image to the public.”
The council will not impose the standards as a condition of any licence, but says it will “expect such standards will be maintained at all times”.
The report states the change was implemented after the council received complaints from customers that some drivers were dressing in a way “considered to be unprofessional”.