Janet Lee

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

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Eugene Rodriguez, TLC Ombudsman Lies About Partitions Start Date

Five years ago (1990), when I became the Ombudsman at the Taxi
and Limousine Commission in New York City, driving a cab
was the most dangerous occupation in our town. In 1994 we
made partitions and trouble lights mandatory in all New York
City yellow cabs. 

This is a bold faced lie. See January 30, 1968 New York Times article. Other factors affected the crime rate in the mid to late 1990's, not a "new" partition rule.

The crime rate was cut in half, and no licensed
drivers have been killed since!

The following paragraph shows 109 slain cab drivers with partitions from 1990 - 1993. There has been no shortage of NYC cab driver murders since then. 

During my first three years here, murders went from 32 in 1990
to 30 in 1992, to 43 in 1993. In one particularly bad period during
' 93 ', four drivers were killed in four days and the City was gripped
with the fear that there was a serial killer on the loose who preyed
on cab drivers. Unfortunately, the truth was even worse. There was
no serial killer. Cabbies were just seen as easy targets. An A T M

on wheels.

Considering that drivers are banned from refusing anybody, and must go anywhere, all while being branded as unarmed, is it any wonder New York leads the nation for cab driver murder?

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