Janet Lee

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

Friday, February 26, 2016

This is a cheerfully condescending article from Boston Magazine March 1984. These elitist bastards seem to have gotten the memo out to all bureaucratic agencies responsible for correcting this problem.
The caption is nothing short of libelous. To be ridiculed in the first line for being concerned about passenger safety seems to promote an elitist stereotype about the allegedly 'typical' reckless cab driver. They report that safety is my concern, but ridicule me for not being altruistic. All safety advocates must be altruistic and not cab drivers? What nonsense.

Vincent USDOT January 11, 1013 Unable to verify harm

It is interesting that our federal auto safety agency has no information about NYC crash testing partitions. As of December 2015, the TLC, or SOMEBODY, had crash tested 3 of 15 approved models for taxi use in NYC.

The Taxi and Limousine Commission will delay a requirement that yellow cabs must undergo a crash test with the hard, sharp-edged plastic partition in place — a rule approved in 2013 after doctors told the agency that passengers in an accident face a greater risk of head injury.  12/2015

Unable to verify that partitions kill, maim and mutilate people?  Simply click Here to see at footmarker 30:00 plenty of NYC T&LC hearing video testimony about the seriousness of the injuries caused by partition hazards.Again, the USDOT is speaking of 'trading off' occupant safety, which is strictly illegal according to USDOT Chief Counsel Jeffery Miller.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Massachusetts State Police Cruiser rear ended and head dented partition

In the first Photograph is seen an unaltered view of a dented partition.
In this altered photograph are superimposed lines to illustrate the deviation from head impact.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Open Letter to The Boston police Department Commissioner Bill Evans

Steve Crowell
P.O. Box 303
Eastham, MA 02642
Boston Police Department
Police Commissioner William B. Evans
Schroeder Plaza
Boston, MA 02120

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Dear Commissioner Evans,
I am writing to submit a complaint about the dangerous interior partitions compromising passenger safety in Boston Taxis. Many people have died and thousands have suffered facial lacerations, traumatic brain injury and worse.

The notion that criminals are too stupid to circumvent the partition by merely reaching around the “B” pillar and aiming a gun through a side window, is absurd. This brainchild of the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission insults the intelligence of all taxi occupants. 

The adversarial atmosphere created by the installation of the partition is harmful to good customer relations. If I find that I have someone I need a partition for, while cab driving, my first obligation is to get them out of the cab.

Many years ago I prompted the USDOT to issue what they called a letter of warning to the Boston Police Department Hackney Carriage Division regarding the approval at taxi inspection of taxis without seat belts or head restraints. In that letter they ‘recommended consideration of compliance’ with federal laws.

I, also, am issuing a letter of warning to the Boston Police Department. I will see Boston taxis brought into compliance with federal standards, or I will die trying. I started this endeavor, decades ago and have no intention of quitting, ever.

The Boston Police Department Hackney Carriage Division once conducted a secret investigation of me regarding this matter. It was revealed in a letter from the Carriage Unit to Dr. Ronald Malt. That letter included a claim that partitions never hurt anyone. I was rear-ended using a Bow Street Partition. My spine dented the steel edge of the bend in the partition. The misery inflicted on me from back troubles can be multiplied by thousands of cab drivers with the same problems.

Partition window edges and steel covering the back of the front seats constitute severe risk to occupant safety. The vertical angle of the upper glazing section is the worst possible angle for reflections of sunlight, headlights and streetlights.

So, rather than the Boston Police Department Hackney Carriage Division staying in the business of engineering partition designs, a field of endeavor the taxi bureau is totally unqualified for, why not require removal of all partitions which do not comply with federal standards? While you are at it, why not make (Federally complying) partition use in taxis, optional?

Thank you,

Steve Crowell

CC: Maura Healy, Boston Globe, Boston Herald