Aus taxi driver fined over jeans

2011-12-14 10:39

Adelaide - An Australian taxi driver was on Wednesday ordered to pay A$1 415 for wearing jeans to work despite insisting they were tailor-made and suitable for the job.

Shahram Forozandeh, 44, was prosecuted by the transport department for wearing the trousers contrary to industry standards when he was stopped during a routine inspection in January, the Adelaide Advertiser reported.

In South Australia state, taxi drivers must wear smart business-style shirts and trousers, with jeans and tracksuit bottoms banned.

Forozandeh protested that his outfit was "purely wool and tailor-made".

"I had no idea that it would be considered as not wearing a uniform as the material was pure wool," he said.

Magistrates slapped him with a A$265 fine plus A$1 150 in costs.

  • Barry - 2011-12-14 10:53

    Only in Aussie...

      Wim - 2011-12-14 21:43

      Yes, the inspector must have been offended to find his girlfriends' wool on a taxi drivers bum.

  • Michael - 2011-12-14 11:04

    Glad to know some countries have standards. We certainly don't, everything is going down hill.

      jowza1 - 2011-12-14 11:08

      a daft standard this one if you ask me

      procold2 - 2011-12-14 14:33

      a daft standard is right but it shows how quiet the aus courts are, they can allow their judges to practice and rule on crap like this,pray some day SA will be in the same boat.

      John - 2011-12-14 16:53

      What a silly comment....

  • Brian - 2011-12-14 11:05

    Big brother gone mad...

  • Bart - 2011-12-14 11:05

    for wearing a jean pant!

  • goyougoodthing - 2011-12-14 11:30

    FFS man, however anal the rules, obey them. Pretty simple logic.

  • Helmut - 2011-12-14 11:51

    SA Taxi Drivers would get a live sentens in AUSSIE

      John - 2011-12-14 16:54

      And you would get jailed for that spelling...

  • minedp - 2011-12-14 12:18

    Least they have rules and keep by them.

  • tony.bosman2 - 2011-12-14 12:24

    Archaic and draconian!!!

      vlarismam - 2011-12-14 14:55

      True - BUT we certainly could do with some of that! Just imagine rules that our minibus taxis HAVE to keep to OR lose their license (if they even have a legal one); pay a hefty fine and/or do jail time!

  • John - 2011-12-14 16:54

    I can't believe this is news....sigh

  • Mike - 2011-12-14 18:20

    Having used Aussie taxi's on several occasions this rule, however strange, is definitely in line with the service and professionalism I have experienced. The drivers were always well dressed, courteous and drove with a great deal of caution. This guy would do well to adjust to the rules instead of trying to mold the country to suit himself.

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