We’ve written previously about the Somali taxi drivers in Minnesota who refused to carry passengers from the airport if they were accompanied by guide dogs. Although the authorities reacted with less than full dhimmitude — they penalized the offending drivers by sending them to the rear of the taxi queue — the response still fell short of a firm demand that the Somalis accommodate themselves to their adopted country.
A similar situation has arisen in Brisbane, and the Australians are taking a firm stance against the taxi drivers. In this case it’s a “private sector” solution, however: the taxi companies themselves are cracking down on drivers who refuse passengers with guide dogs:
Muslim taxi drivers refuse blind fares with ‘unclean’ guide dogs
Some Muslim taxi drivers are refusing to carry blind and disabled passengers with guide dogs — because their religion tells them the animals are “unclean”.
Brisbane’s Yellow Cab Company has been forced to sack drivers over their conduct towards passengers with assistance dogs.
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Bill Parker, general manager of the firm, said the behaviour would not be tolerated and penalties will be imposed if drivers disobeyed.
The company has produced a booklet informing drivers of their duty towards blind and disabled customers with dogs.
Islamic Council of Queensland president Suliman Sabdia said dogs were considered a health risk for Muslims but “to use religion as a reason to refuse blind and disabled passengers is unjustified”.
They’re even sacking the buggers. Good on ya, mate!
Hat tip: DK.