Minneapolis committee approves cell phone ban for taxi drivers

However, the Star Tribune reports it remains unclear whether the bill bans cell phone use only when passengers are in the cab, or at all times. Taxi companies say if it's at all times, they strongly oppose the rule.
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However, the Star Tribune reports it remains unclear whether the bill bans cell phone use only when passengers are in the cab, or at all times. Taxi companies say if it's at all times, they strongly oppose the rule.

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