During my three months of absence from the road, many cab related incidents were reported in local newspaper. The three prominent news were..... a cab driver was killed by a Ferrari driven by a Chinese national, who beat a traffic light at high speed, ......another cab driver was slashed in an unprovoked attack in the early morning hours somewhere in Jurong, ........And another cab driver was beaten unconscious by Korean male passenger who complained about his "lousy" taxi. Of course, many other nasty incidents did happened in the same period that goes unreported. However, these three reported incidents might give the impression that cab driving is a hazardous job in Singapore. But I don't think so. Why? Because at anytime, there are at least 15,000 taxis on the road plying passengers. Most passengers are normal, decent human begins who abide the law. In any society, there will always be some "odd-balls" around but these are droplets in an ocean. So, it's perfectly safe to be a cab driver on Singapore road. However, one must be cautious when driving and be "street-smart" to forestall and avoid unforeseeable incidents. The rest we leave fate to decide our destiny. Honestly, the safest haven is the nearest police car or station for all drivers.
Now, on the subject of cabby safety, I got an email invitation from 938 to do an interview with them recently>
I am a news feature producer with Mediacorp radio station, 938 Live. I was just at your blog, cabby65 at blogspot, and am interested in your views.
If a real CCTV miniature camera is installed at an inconspicuous spot inside the taxi, the images captured could be relayed through the GPS system to the taxi operator control center but not into taxi drivers' hand. The facial images stored would certainly helps the police in any criminal investigations. To allay commuters fear of invasion of privacy, the CCTV would runs for only a few seconds, not the entire trip.
The question is whether taxi operator is willing to invest million of dollars to protect taxi drivers. Frankly, they are more concern of their bottom line than anything else. As long as rental are collected, they do not care how the drivers survive or their safety. To save cost, some taxi operators instruct their taxi manufacturers to dispense with and remove the airbags of all taxis, despite the fact that airbags have save thousands of lives since their introduction in early 1980s. Toyota Wish taxis by Transcab do have airbags but not COMFORT, who has the largest fleet of taxis. Perhaps, they might be persuaded to spend a few thousand dollars on cheap "CCTV On Board" stickers with LTA's blessing.
Maybe my readers could help by giving some ideals on what further measures could be taken to protect taxi drivers and passengers. Thank you sincerely..