29 Dec '13, 6am
Taxicab Safety Shields Report and Specifications
In April 1986, taxi driver Gurnam Singh Dhaliwal was the fatal victim of an assault, and steps were then taken to develop and implement a number of safety measures. Among them was the creation of the Fox-Decent Task Force on Taxi Driver Safety. As the Fox-Decent group was nearing completion of its work, taxi driver Lawrence Peter Bembin became a fatal victim of an assault in January 1987. In February 1987, as one measure aimed at improving taxi driver safety, that group strongly recommended mandatory safety shields. In the following months, considerable debate emerged both for and against mandatory shields, with the local industry itself emerging as a strong opponent. However, a dominant weakness at that time was an apparent inability to find a shield that would not present a significant hazard to a rear seat passenger in event of a collision. In the interests of putting s...