Muslim driver fights St. Louis taxi wardrobe rules

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ST. LOUIS (AP) _ An Islamic cab driver in St. Louis is challenging the regional taxi commission’s wardrobe rules in court after receiving dozens of tickets for wearing traditional religious clothing.

Raja Naeem says his religious beliefs require him to wear a traditional hat, shirt and pants rather than the Metropolitan Taxicab Commission’s mandated uniform of black slacks and a white, button-down shirt. His lawyer says Naeem has received more than 30 tickets and had his taxi license revoked.

The taxi commission says it has tried to accommodate Naeem’s ideology while still enforcing its rules. On Monday, the two sides squared off in St. Louis Circuit Court as part of a lawsuit Naeem hopes will allow him and other Muslim cab drivers to more freely wear religious clothing.

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