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Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Dr. Connolly - New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission Hearing video transcript

On page 27 at the transcript website, Here, this is written, as spoken by David Yaskey; "The Taxi of Tomorrow was also designed with the safety of taxi passengers in mind, as I referenced. Currently, taxi owners install a partition after the taxi vehicle is crash tested by the manufacturer. This means that in current taxicabs the partition exposes passenger to an increased risk of head and face injuries, and may also interfere with proper deployment of side passenger air bags. The NV200 will include a manufacture installed partition, and will meet federal crash standards."

Click Here to see 6/20/13 video in which Dr.DiMaggio addresses the commission explaining how injurious partition hazards are. The testimony begins at foot marker 30:00.

A transcript can be found HERE.

THE CHAIR: "We'll hear from Denise Hoyt-Connolly from NYU Langone Medical Center, followed by Dr. Charles DiMaggio from Columbia University Medical Center.

DR. CONNOLLY: Good morning. I am here to read a letter on behalf of the physicians from Bellevue Hospital and NYU Langone Medical Center Medical emergency department in support of the Taxi of Tomorrow. As emergency department physicians for two of the busiest emergency departments in New York City, Bellevue and NYU Langone Medical Center, NYU physicians witness many injuries caused by taxi accidents. The injuries range from severe facial fractures and lacerations to traumatic brain injury and neck and spinal injuries. We are pleased to offer our support for the Nissan NV200 Taxi of Tomorrow. We are quite impressed with many of the new features designed to improve passenger safety, and hope they will prevent many of the above named injuries. The only suggestion we have at this time is that more be done with the protrusions from the partition."
signed by Dr.Louis Gold Frank, Dr. Herbert W. Adams, professor and chairman, department of emergency medicine, Dr. Rahul Sharma, medical director and associate chief of service, emergency department at NYU Langone, and Dr. Christopher McStay, chief of service, Bellevue Hospital emergency department. 

THE CHAIR: Thank you very much. I just I want to tell you, and please tell your colleagues, we took your point about the credit card reader to heart."

That's a start.

DR. HOYT-CONNOLLY: Great. Thank you very much.

THE CHAIR: Dr. DiMaggio, followed please -- or Dr. DiMaggio.

DR. DiMAGGIO: "Good morning, Commissioners. My name is (Dr.) Charles DiMaggio. I am associate professor of epidemiology and anesthesiology at Columbia University Medical Center, and research director for the Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention at Columbia University. And I have spent the better part of the last 30 years of my professional career treating, preventing, studying and trying to control transportation related injuries in New York City. I am here to voice my strong support for the rule and for the proposed Taxi of Tomorrow. The Taxi of Tomorrow brings commonsense engineering designs that are unique to the kinds of injuries that are associated with taxis. They have been outlined in some of the design features that were promulgated already, but I'll just repeat some of them.

Partitions with protruding steel nuts and bolts, sharp edged credit card machines and change cups have all been about 16 inches from an adult passenger's face for the past 20 years or so.

That's been changed now. They've been replaced with recessed features and rounded edges that are no longer at adult face level. Safety testing with partitions installed should further decrease the risk of passenger head and facial injuries..."

Testing doesn't solve anything. It quantifies risk.

The NYC T&LC knows. The doctors know, the media knows. Why doesn't the USDOT know?

This USDOT letter HERE from Chief Counsel Vincent explains that he sees no evidence that partition safety is anything that should concern his agency.

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