Cabbies to belt up?

The Sunday Times

Sunday 3 August 2003
A PEDESTRIANS' lobby group wants Perth taxi drivers to buckle up -- so they can't become missiles which might injure passengers in an accident.

The WA Government amended the Road Traffic Code in 2000 after a spate of incidents where passengers used seat belts to restrain or assault drivers before robbing them. Cabbies are exempt from seat belts after dark and when they have a passenger.

Pedestrian Council of Australia chairman Harold Scruby has challenged the WA police and transport ministers to amend the law.

“The risk of a taxi driver being injured or killed in a crash is a hundred times greater than being injured or killed in a robbery. For them not to have to wear seat belts is farcical,” he said.