Tim Donoghue at the Dom Post reports:
A taxi driver stabbed seven times in a frenzied attack has called for all cabs to be fitted with protective screens around the drivers.
Shlemon Yako, 60, was stabbed three times in the stomach, once in his left side and three times in his arms, as he dropped off a front-seat passenger at the bottom of Shropshire Ave in the Wellington suburb of Wilton about 12.15am on Saturday.
The Kiwi Cabs driver picked the man up from the Bay Rd taxi stand in Kilbirnie and drove him across town to Wilton via Aro St.
He said the sustained attack, during which he fought with his assailant, had convinced him protective screens should be compulsory.
I feel very sorry for the driver. Sounds horrific what happened.
But I am bemused why people keep calling for certain things to be made compulsory in taxis such as video cameras and safety screens.
There’s nothing stopping taxi firms or drivers doing so themselves, if they deem it desirable. But why call for it to be compulsory?