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January 24, 2000
City surveys taxi industry on taxi safety devices
Toronto Municipal Licensing and Standards is surveying approximately 12,225
taxi drivers, owners and brokerages today on their preferred taxicab safety
devices. The devices include cameras, flashing lights, a global positioning
system, plastic shields and a strongbox. Licensees are also being asked to
rate cost-sharing options and whether the devices should be mandatory.

The survey was one of the key outcomes of a January 10, 2000, meeting between
city and taxi industry representatives to discuss improved driver safety
measures. Other safety measures agreed upon include:

- the establishment of two work groups - one comprised of drivers and the
second of taxi owners and brokerages - to determine preferences and
cost-sharing options for safety devices

- enhancement of the driver safety component of the new refresher course for
owners and drivers

- the inclusion of safety tips in every issue of the industry newsletters Cab
Connection and Taxi News

The survey results will be reviewed at the group's second meeting on February
15, Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Drive, Room M41 at 1:30 p.m., along
with cost-sharing options.

Taxi driver safety is also the first item for discussion at today's Licensing
Subcommittee meeting, held at Toronto City Hall, Committee Room 3, 10 a.m.

Recent reforms of the city's taxi industry include the introduction of a
mandatory refresher course for owners and drivers, which includes driver safety
training, and enhanced driver training as part of the new Ambassador Cab

Existing driver safety features of Toronto's Licensing Bylaw include the
driver's right to refuse a trip to a passenger if they fear for their safety
and mandatory driver training courses in which drivers learn to recognize
potentially dangerous situations and understand how to protect themselves.

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