Janet Lee

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

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Crash Testing Taxi Partitions by car makers

The NYC TL&C is conspicuous in not naming the particular testing facility to do the testing. They DO specify that the CAR MAKER is to test the car after alteration by a third party (the partition maker).
Early test results have been the reason for postponing the deadline for 'crash testing' from 2/3/2014 then to 2015 and now to December 2016. The results of early tests have not been released. Handi-cap accessible and hybrid taxis will be allowed to continue to use the same partition that the doctors warned the TL&C about. Why?
Dr. DiMagio said; "testing would ensure that partitions are designed so that they do not interfere with airbag deployment." How does THAT work? Test results do not automatically constitute design improvements. Why is testing being done in the first place? Haven't the doctors explained how deadly the partition is?
Federal standards require correction or removal. Considering the partition fails, every time, to protect the driver in an assault, removal of the partition seems to be the best idea.


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