Plastic Fabrication of Taxi Safety Screens
Today, there are in excess of 20,000 Black Cabs operating a long-established taxi service throughout London. The predecessor to the Black Cab was of course the Hackney Carriage (a horse drawn cab), that came into existence in London in 1625 and, perhaps rather surprisingly, some of the old rules that were imposed on Hackney Carriages of old are still applied in the present-day.
Black Cabs are unique in how they operate, in that they are the only taxi permitted by license to pick up passengers directly from kerbside (other taxis must be pre-booked). Consequently, the safety of Black Cab taxi drivers is of paramount importance, as drivers pick up unknown fares who may ask them to take them to any number of locations, some of which may be in isolated spots.
In fact, statistics have shown that throughout recent years, violent assaults on taxi drivers (both physical and verbal in nature) have increased and are seemingly becoming ever more commonplace. Security therefore, is an integral part of a Black Cabs build, with a number of controls implemented.
Perhaps the most apparent of these safety measures is the large plastic screen that separates the driver from the passenger, with a small central hole only big enough to pass money through being the only point of contact, thus ensuring limited physical contact between driver and passenger.
Whilst other security systems available (such as auto door locking and security cameras) offer a high degree of piece of mind for the driver, the plastic safety screen can be seen as providing the most immediate protection, whilst being produced at a relatively inexpensive cost, using plastic fabrication methods. In fact, should a taxi driver have to choose one method of making their cab safe, the plastic safety screen should always be top of the priority list.