Taxicab Driver Personal Safety. Jerry Kozubal Manitoba Taxicab Board IATR 2008. Driving a taxicab is an important public transportation service and one of the most dangerous occupations in North America.
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Manitoba Taxicab Board
Each taxicab owner and dispatch company has developed a Work Alone Plan that is reviewed with each employee to ensure they understand all the safety measures and company policy with respect to worker safety.
WORK ALONE PLAN
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The safety shield will reduce the risk of injury caused by assaults on taxicab drivers from passengers in the rear seat. The safety shield will not protect you against all possible dangers.
A second shield or dividing partition may be used in a taxicab to provide greater protection. Ensure that all brackets and belts are tightened and shield is secure.
The in-car camera will identify suspects by recording their images of all passengers that enter the taxicab. At the start of each shift, taxi driver will ensure camera system is working properly.
The driver-controlled trunk lock is a safety precaution in cases where leaving the taxicab to open the trunk may pose a threat to a driver.
The purpose of the flashing roof light is to act as a means of emergency communication to alert others in circumstances where the driver is faced with an immediate threat to his/her safety.
The contents of the first aid kit are to be offered/used for temporary assistance until paramedic/hospital staff is able to provide qualified emergency assistance.
The cell-phone with programmed messages for the driver to use in an emergency to call police, dispatcher, and/or buddy.
The two-way radio is the direct line of communication between the driver and dispatcher.
To provide dispatch services and monitor activity of taxicab drivers while on duty and provide assistance in event of an emergency.
The GPS provides safety for the driver by providing instant location of the vehicle at any given time. The two largest dispatch companies have GPS in their taxicabs.