City to examine cab driver safety

A city committee will be taking a look at cab driver safety in the wake of the murder of a Montreal cabbie last fall.

Mayor Denis Coderre says he'd like to see some new safety measures put in place by this coming June.

Denis Laramée, from Diamond Taxi, the company that Ziad Bouzid worked for when he was found dead in his cab in November, says drivers are divided as to what kinds of measures should be put in place — dividers, cameras on board, or both.

"From the studies that I've read, the cameras have proven to be more effective than dividers, but only if it's made mandatory by the city, or state," he says.

The only real issue, he says, is the cost of any new measures, since the drivers will, ultimately, be the ones who'll shoulder most of the cost.

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