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Livery and Taxis Provide a Safe Ride

LCT Staff
Posted on May 3, 2006

NEW YORK CITY — A new traffic safety study concludes that taxis and livery cars provide a safe ride. The study is based on state motor vehicle records of accidents and injuries across the city. It concludes that taxi and livery-cab drivers have crash rates one-third lower than drivers of other vehicles. The study was undertaken by Bruce Schaller of Schaller Consulting, a former staff analyst for the taxi commission and New York City Transit, who now works as an independent transportation consultant for several cities and transit agencies.

"This is one of the most important studies we've seen," said Matthew Daus, chairman of the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission, who said the city had not asked for the analysis or paid for it, but was nonetheless happy to receive it. "Our drivers get a bad rap," Commissioner Daus said. "Our hats go off to them."

Source: New York Times

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