Re­view looks at taxi safety

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

A re­view of taxi driver safety is un­der way.

The re­view will as­sess the ex­tent that in-ve­hi­cle taxi cam­eras and mon­i­tored two-way taxi des­patch sys­tems have im­proved safety for taxi driv­ers and iden­tify any pos­si­ble im­prove­ments.

‘‘When th­ese two safety pro­vi­sions were made com­pul­sory in 2011 the Gov­ern­ment com­mit­ted to re­view­ing their ef­fect in 2013 and we are de­liv­er­ing on that,’’ as­so­ci­ate trans­port min­is­ter Michael Wood­house says.

‘‘The two pro­vi­sions were man­dated by the Gov­ern­ment in re­sponse to a dis­turb­ing spate of vi­o­lent, in­clud­ing fatal, at­tacks on taxi driv­ers.

‘‘Since then, in­for­mal ev­i­dence in­di­cates driv­ers feel safer, pas­sen­gers are less likely to run with­out pay­ing and as­saults have de­creased over­all.’’

The re­view will seek the views of taxi op­er­a­tors and ap­proved taxi or­gan­i­sa­tions, as well as the po­lice and a num­ber of gov­ern­ment agen­cies. It is planned for com­ple­tion by midDe­cem­ber.

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