Because of the high incidence of robberies and attacks on Chicago taxi-cab drivers a law has ben introduced which has made it compulsory for a protective bullet-proof glass to be installed between the drivers and back seats.
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GV taxis on road
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 3: QUESTION: What do you think about this glass partition here?
ANSWER: I don't know. It's ben in the way so far, but I suppose it would be better than getting a jab.
QUESTION: I notice a lot of drivers keep this partition open. How come?
ANSWER: It's stuffy; you can't hear the passengers; it's hard to get the money from them....I don't know - you just feel boxed up.
QUESTION: Do you believe in this?
ANSWER: Believe in the glass? I MEAN, i See why it's necessary, but I don't know whether I believe in it or not.
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Background: Because of the high incidence of robberies and attacks on Chicago taxi-cab drivers a law has ben introduced which has made it compulsory for a protective bullet-proof glass to be installed between the drivers and back seats. The law came into forces at midnight on Monday (August 31).
Although the shield is for the Drivers' protection, it has not met with their entire approval. Driver reaction so far has ben reserved.
Questioned about how the average Chicago taxi driver feels about his enforced protection, one driver was anything but enthusiastic.
Believe in it or not, the taxi drivers' union says it will next ask for automatic door locks to be fitted by law so that potential robbers can be locked in the passenger compartment behind the bullet-proof glass and driven to the nearest police station.