Janet Lee

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

Friday, March 21, 2014

"The Protective Plate"

"The protective plate must join or overlap with the transparent portion of the
partition and extend downward to the floor of the vehicle."

This is never going to happen. The floor of all vehicles includes the need to place ones feet under the front seat, when seated in the back. If the partition extended all the way to the floor there would be no 'foot room' for rear seat occupants.

 The protective plate must be a plate of 0.085-inch thick bullet-resistant ballistic steel or its equivalent
[recommended by the Chairperson and approved by the Commission] if approved
by the Deputy Commissioner for Safety and Emissions."

Bullet resistance is required because...

Well, it isn't required because, they can shoot the driver, anyway.

Bullet resistance is required because, the requirement itself creates an illusion of protection.

 The protective plate must be installed inside and covering the front seat’s entire backrest."

"must be installed inside" ? Inside what? Inside the cab? or inside the back of the front seat? It is absurd to take this as meaning 'inside the cab'. Of course the ballistic material is attached to the rest of the partition glazing, INSIDE the vehicle. So, they MUST mean 'inside the back of the front seats' backrest'. Chalk this up to another crackpot idea from the TLC.

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