Halifax Police Investigate Sexual Assault Allegations Involving Halifax Taxis

halifax-taxiOver the past five years  there have been 14 sexual assault complaints in the Halifax, Canada area against taxi drivers.  Since May there have been 5 sexual assault complaints in the Halifax area against taxi drivers.

Upon arrival at her destination, the woman asked how much she owed for the ride and the driver said he was having problems with the meter that would take a few minutes to fix.

Then police say the man tried to kiss the woman, locked her door and touched her in a “sexual manner” over her clothing without her consent. The woman was able to get out of the car and get to a friend’s home.

Police say the man spoke with an accent, and wore strong cologne. He was described as about five-feet-seven-inches, with short dark hair and a pronounced nose.

Police also said the man was described as “possibly of Middle Eastern descent,” an identifier used to describe the suspect in three prior incidents. Critics have said police should avoid the label, as it perpetuates damaging stereotypes and is too vague to be of use as a descriptor. CTVNews

Halifax police have issued a warning of taxis drivers committing sexual assaults; “the attackers are men, mostly with dark hair and aged between 30 and 50. Most spoke with an accent and many had mustaches.”

Taxi drivers should have mandatory”training to spell out the “dos and don’ts” of how to interact with passengers.   Where are these taxi drivers from that they would need mandatory training to spell out the “dos and don’ts” of how to interact with passengers?

The recent spate of alleged assaults has raised safety concerns in a city where there were just three alleged sexual assaults by cab drivers in all of 2015.

“For it to get to the point where people are worried about taking a cab, and whether they will be sexually assaulted, that is a crisis,” said Buffett, a driver for 17 years and president of the Halifax Taxi Drivers Owners Association.

Buffett said all cab drivers should be required to install dashboard cameras and participate in mandatory training to spell out the “dos and don’ts” of how to interact with passengers.

Coun. Steve Adams agreed with Buffett that more education could be needed.  “And if there’s any training to be done, every driver should take it,” he said.

Under the existing rules, all taxi drivers are required to follow a code of conduct and complete a national standards certification program for taxi and limousine drivers administered by Nova Scotia Tourism. HuffPo

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