Monday, January 26, 2004

Article: New call for cab cams

New call for cab cams:

VANCOUVER - The manager of a Vancouver taxi company is renewing his call for cameras in cabs, to protect drivers.

John Palis says there have been three vicious assaults on drivers in the past month, with the most recent attack just last Thursday.

A driver with Yellow Cabs was so badly beaten, he ended up in the intensive care ward at Vancouver General Hospital.

'I think that taxi drivers are vulnerable, because for one thing, for criminal or desperate criminals they're a quick source of cash,' he says.

Palis says cameras in cabs in Toronto and Winnipeg prevent assaults.

B.C.'s Information and Privacy Commissioner has expressed concern over the cameras, and has suggested that plastic shields might be a better solution. "

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