Janet Lee

Janet Lee
Photo:Janet Lee, injured by a taxi partition.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

article by Don McCurdy

"For several decades, New York City cabs have had to have partitions, those "bullet resistant" shields between the passenger and the driver. Some have a window, sometimes referred to as "weapons access holes", some are solid. All are face resistant. 
There's probably no truth to the rumor that the New York Regional Society of Plastic Surgeons paid to have them installed, but I digress. It has turned out that taxicabs have not been crash tested with the shields in them, only before the shields were put in them. This has never been a problem until it was discovered that the "Taxi Of Tomorrow" (TOT) was crash tested with the shield. Now that this revelation has come to light the safety of the drivers and the riding public has surged in importance. 
Now, after all these decades, it's been determined that not testing the taxicabs after the shield is installed is unsafe. Well, what a surprise. You might ask yourself, how has this dangerous safety violation escaped the attention of the ever vigilant Taxi and Limousine Commission? Well, the reality of the situation is that it was never deemed important until nobody wanted the TOT (Taxi of Tomorrow). So, to bypass the whiners in the industry the ever clever outgoing mayor, Michael "what term limits" Bloomberg, dreamed up the "danger" so that the TLC could spring into action and right this wrong, defend the safety of the riding public, save the lives of the downtrodden huddled masses driving to be free! Kinda brings a tear to your eye doesn't it?
Don't laugh, Mike is right now spending more money than most of you will ever make trying to take away your rights. The moral of our story? Politicians will ram what's good for you down your throat even if it kills you. Maybe I was wrong, this guy looks more presidential every day."

Don  McCurdy

My remark;

For several decades NYC has been aware of the dangers of illegal partitions. Now they are intent on the idea that all of those early partitions (1969-2013) are too dangerous because they've only been crash tested with humans. Now, the only "safe" partitions are those that have been crash tested with dummies... like the ones used in the spectacular (not) Taxi Of Tomorrow. Strange. 

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