Over recent months, the Monsey community has been rattled by a series of harrowing incidents involving women being assaulted by taxi drivers from various local companies. The most recent case has intensified concerns, where a woman endured hours of assault leading to her hospitalization for nearly two weeks due to physical injuries.
Monsey Scoop is advocating for a community-wide abstention from using taxi services at least until the newly formed Ramapo taxi police become operational. Individuals who have experienced assault are urged to promptly report the incidents to the police, and to also notify Chaverim of Rockland at 845-371-6333.
In response to these alarming events, Askonim and local community leaders are actively collaborating with the Town of Ramapo to establish a dedicated taxi police, set to commence operations in mid-October. Alongside this, a series of taxi safety regulations are being enacted to ensure better safety and transparency within the local taxi industry. These measures include:
1. Mandatory background checks for all taxi drivers.
2. Installation of dividers between the driver and passenger seats.
3. Prohibition of tinted windows to allow clear visibility into the vehicle.
4. Displaying taxi registration on the vehicles for easy identification.
The community is awaiting these changes in hope that such disturbing incidents can be prevented in the future. Meanwhile, the apprehension surrounding taxi services continues to loom, reflecting a pressing need for stringent safety measures to restore public confidence in local taxi services.