As Surrey Mounties issue a plea for public assistance in tracking down the suspects in a string of taxi cab robberies, the BC Taxi Association says there isn’t much more the industry can do to keep their drivers safe.
President Mohan Kang says surveillance cameras are installed in all Lower Mainland cabs, but they don’t always act as a deterrent to crime.
He says the idea of safety shields has been floated around- but some companies fear it will make Vancouver look unsafe to visitors.
“Tourists come to the town, the first person they meet is the cab driver, and if he sees the cab with the shield, the presumption comes to his mind, right or wrong, that maybe this is not a very safe place, like New York or whatever right.”
Kang claims taxi work is like policing; both can be dangerous jobs.
New York, Edmonton, and Manitoba require protective barriers in all of their cabs.