Taxi drivers push for law requiring drivers clean ice and snow from their roofs

Taxi drivers say snow and ice falling off cars can cause accidents.

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THE BRONX - The New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers held a press conference Tuesday, calling for a law that would penalize drivers who don't clean ice and snow of the roofs of their cars.

Spokesman Fernando Mateo says large sheets of ice that fall off cars are hazardous to other drivers.  Snow that blows off roofs can also impair vision. Some taxi drivers at the press conference say these hazards make them feel scared to be on the road. 

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A similar law already exists in New Jersey, and the federation is calling on New York legislators to pass a similar law. .

A law requiring drivers to clean their roofs of ice and snow was introduced in April 2009 by three state senators, but the bill did not move forward.

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