Philadelphia Taxi Drivers Are Officially Scared of Philadelphia

They’re now talking about installing “distress lights” on cars.

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.




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  • pacitygal

    Taxi drivers are small business’ and should be protected. I don’t believe the distress light is the answer. I’ll be honest with you, MOST drivers do not know the city at all, have filthy cabs, are filthy themselves, smoke in the cabs, talk on the phone (not hands free), in summer turn off the air, intentionally run up the fares (slowing at green lights/taking high traffic streets when the street they are on is clear) and scream at you if you don’t pay them in cash. Train and test drivers, train dispatchers, gps cabs, and give taxis a hands free communication system within the cab when in distress so a dispatcher can pinpoint where they are and send a police officer to their location.