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Panic Buttons Are Coming To DC Taxis


Back in 2012 there were a string of attacks on passengers by DC taxi drivers, mostly upon women. The taxi commission then decided to install panic buttons in all city cabs as a safety precaution. That never happened.

Now almost 3 years later and after a more recent sexual assault, plans have been announced for the devices to be installed by June of 2015. But is that soon enough?

Transportation Networking Companies (TNC) such as Lyft and Uber are dealing with the same problems nationwide. There have multiple instances of drivers attacking their fares with no real resolutions to the issues. This is especially concerning considering TNC drivers are not governed by a commission, only by their company.

And I always thought cabbies were the ones who needed protection.

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