LYNN (CBS) – A city councilor in Lynn doesn’t want anyone driving a cab if they can’t speak English.

In the last two license committee hearings, about forty people applied for a license to drive a cab in Lynn.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

“Six or seven of them couldn’t speak a word of English,” City Councilor Darren Cyr told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Thursday.

That was a red flag for Cyr.

As a member of the license committee, he wants to make it a requirement that if you want to drive a cab in Lynn, you have to be able to speak English.

He’s concerned about passengers who might have a medical emergency in a taxi.

“If someone’s in the back seat and they’re having a heart attack and English is what they speak, no matter whether the driver is Spanish or Vietnamese, whatever their nationality may be, if they cannot speak English, it puts the person in the backseat in harm’s way,” Cyr said.

“You, at least, have (to have) a knowledge of the English language, as well as be able to read English.”

The proposed regulation would also require that city cab drivers live in Lynn and that you’ve had a clean record for at least the last five years.

WBZ’s Carl Stevens contributed to this report.

Comments (8)
  1. doug kinan says:

    Is Darren Cyr nuts, this is America?

    1. StreekyD says:

      And that my dear IS the point!
      Learn English, that’s what we speak here.

  2. toni says:

    I love this guy. Just wish more people would speak English in other businesses too.

  3. Ispeak4u says:

    This is the land of opportunity, America. I don’t care if the drivers can’t speak English as long as they are legal and can get me to where I want to go. Also, you shouldn’t be talking to the driver while they are driving…

  4. Mrs. says:

    If they can’t speak English, can they read English? I don’t understand how they can get a license to drive if they can’t even read the road signs, which are in English. Unbelievable!!!!

  5. Willow says:

    All well and good that the driver should speak English if a person in the back seat is having a heart attack as stated in the topic text, But what if the person having the heart attack doesn’t speak any English? I don’t see how that will help anyone unless everyone in the country only speaks one language, and we know that isn’t about to happen.

  6. Bob says:

    I use and I never had a problem with there drivers speking english. Not always the case with other taxi companies around Boston.

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