CBS Philly reports that local taxi drivers may follow the lead of their colleagues in New York and install “distress lights” on cars—flashing lights that alert the public the driver being assaulted or are otherwise in some trouble. The move comes after a series of attacks on drivers that left one driver dead.
Any new rule would also need a public education campaign.
“Obviously, if you don’t know what the trouble light is, then there’s no real point in it,” notes Dave Alperstein, executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Taxi Association. “The trouble light itself will flash when activated. And also, we are trying to have not just the dispatch alerted but also the police.”
Regulations authorizing the lights could take six months or more to be completed.