The District of Columbia Taxicab Commission (DCTC) wants to install passenger panic buttons in all D.C. taxis by the end this year. The announcement was made after the arrest of seven D.C. taxicab drivers for allegedly attacking their passengers which occurred over the last few weeks.
Panic Buttons will also be installed for District of Columbia taxicab drivers. Some of the D.C. cabs are equipped with a safety switch which enables the driver to turn on the “Call 911” light which displays on the top of their vehicle.
The DCTC is proposing a $0.50 surcharge per ride which will help pay for the cost of installing the passenger panic buttons in addition to other proposed upgrades including debit and credit card terminals and a Global Positioning System (GPS).
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