NEW YORK — New York City’s 24,000 livery drivers will receive new training on the AMBER Alert system and Transportation on Patrol (TOP) as part of the new For Hire Vehicle Institute’s training program, sponsored by the Livery Roundtable (LRT).
While this type of training for ground transportation professionals exists in other cities and states, this will be the first time it will be available online for city livery and black car drivers.
“This program will result in an additional 64,000 eyes looking out for our neighborhoods and our residents, serving as a force multiplier for public safety agencies at zero cost to taxpayers,” said LRT founding board member, Tarek Mallah. “We are a part of the fabric of our communities and now we’ll be able to do more to protect them. This is an opportunity for the for-hire industry to provide an innovative, progressive program that will raise standards for the transportation sector in New York.”
Drivers will be trained on how to respond to AMBER Alerts, the system for notifying the public about child abductions. Drivers also will soon receive AMBER Alerts directly through their dispatcher and mobile dispatch devices.
The online training courses are being run with the Black Car Assistance Corporation; the Black Car Fund; the New York Amber Alert Coordinator; the Taxicab, Limousine, and Paratransit Association; Ecubed Learning; and The Moses Group.
The training programs will be offered to drivers and bases at the new For Hire Institute in Long Island City and at www.fhvinstitute.org.
As part of their TOP training, drivers will become part of a “neighborhood watch on wheels.” Trainees will learn what to look for and how to correctly record and report an incident. The TOP program was first launched in 1973 and is being used in such places as Atlanta, Denver, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Long Island, N.Y., and a half dozen other towns or cities nationwide.
Source: Livery Roundtable