Alert system in NYC taxis could become reality

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The City Council Committee for Hire Vehicles met on Monday to discuss a bill that would put alert systems in NYC cabs.

Committee members heard from community advocates and drivers about the dangers encountered while behind the wheel. The devices would be installed within reach of the driver and linked to the police department. The system would send an alert to law enforcement that there's an emergency in the vehicle.

The emergency notification would be similar to the device that was recently installed in the Belmont bodega where Lesandro "Junior" Guzman-Feliz was killed.

Community advocates say an alert system is needed for drivers.

"When this driver was attacked with a knife in 2017, he did everything possible to protect three passengers," says Councilman Andy King. "His thumb was cut off last year. Mr. Singh's taxi was assaulted by some drunks who robbed him of his religious turban."

Councilman King is spearheading the legislation and hopes the bill will pass sometime in the summer.

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