Janet Lee

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

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Taxi Partitions - Bullet resistant or bullet proof?

Or does it matter?

With So many different standards for bullet resistance, they confuse even experts.

First, the methods employed by those who have tested 'taxi partition' bullet resistance have little in common with any of the nine other bullet resistance rating authorities, worldwide.

Second, if the partition was convincing enough to fool any perpetrator into thinking it isn't possible to reach around (it always is) it wouldn't matter. Because, the 3/8" Lexan, the commonly used thickness, is not bullet resistant, as rated by the maker, G.E.

It is clear that taxi regulators want it believed that taxi partitions stop bullets. See this link Quote from Boston Taxi regulator about how partitions are meant to stop bullets, found in a letter to a prominent Boston MGH trauma surgeon, Dr. Ronald Malt.

The endeavor to lead naive cab drivers to a feeling of false security by overstating the achievable objectives of taxi partition use, is dishonest and overtly self-serving.

New York City Taxi regulators have recognized "On March 28th, 1997 New York City Taxi & Limousine Commissioner Dianne McGrath-McKechnie wrote… "Yes, we are well aware of the potential dangers of passengers ('who are' sic,) not wearing their seat belts hitting (their faces on) partitions in short stop circumstances."the danger partitions pose to occupants in a collision. They are currently extending a crash test requirement an extra year because of the initial results.

When will Boston begin to address this problem?

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