New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly today announced Operation Safe Cab, a citywide effort to increase the number of livery car drivers enrolled in the NYPD’s Taxi/Livery Robbery Inspection Program (TRIP). TRIP is a free program whereby taxi and livery drivers authorize police to inspect their car at anytime in order to ensure the driver’s safety. The program started in the early 1990’s to address a rise in livery car robberies at the time and is available to all licensed taxis or livery cars operating inNew York City.
Drivers wishing to sign up for the program today can register their vehicles until 6pm at Jackson Ave and St. Mary’s Park, or at 205th Street between Paul and Goulden Avenues. Both locations are in the Bronx. Taxi and livery car drivers can also register by contacting their local precinct.
After a livery car or taxi registers with the NYPD special decals are affixed to the rear and side windows of the vehicle. These decals alert police on patrol that the vehicle is enrolled in the safety program and that the driver has authorized police to stop the car and check on the driver’s well being.
“The men and women driving livery cars and taxis around our City provide an important service in our neighborhoods,” said Police Commissioner Kelly. “By registering for the TRIP program these drivers help us do our job protecting their safety and security.”
The New York City Police Department also regularly visits dispatch bases to provide drivers with safety tips for handling potentially dangerous situations. More information on taxi safety tips can be found at www.nyc.gov/nypd.
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