By Mike DeNardo
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — In the wake of the murder of one of their own this week, Philadelphia taxi drivers are calling for better protections.
Ronald Blount, president of the Taxi Workers Alliance of Pennsylvania, led a noontime rally of about 100 cabbies at 31st and Market Streets today.
Blount says as cabbies mourn the death of Hafiz Sarfaraz, shot to death on Wednesday in West Philadelphia (see related story), they’re calling on the Philadelphia Parking Authority to give them more protection.
“Put the cameras in the back seat of the cabs, so cab drivers can have further protection besides the (plexiglas) shields,” Blount (below) demanded today at the rally.
Blount also wants a drivers’ relief fund for the families of slain cab drivers. And he wants tougher laws.
“Just like Septa drivers, the police, and the PPA officers, taxi drivers need to be included in that legislation so there’s a mandatory sentence for assaulting or killing a taxi driver,” he says.
The cabbies say they’ll be presenting petitions to the Parking Authority, which regulates the taxicab industry in Philadelphia.