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Device ban

Nanise Loanakadavu
Wednesday, January 09, 2013

THE use of LCD monitors as mini video screens in public service vehicles, particularly taxis, is illegal.

This fancy device placed on vehicle dashboards is a deadly accessory.

The call comes in the wake of a taxidriver who narrowly escaped an accident over the weekend because he was watching a popular Hindi TV serial while behind the wheel.

Land Transport Authority (LTA) chief executive officer Naisa Tuinaceva said they had never allowed such "deadly distractions" on taxis because it posed a great risk to passengers and any road user.

"It's illegal and wrong to have such devices in taxis and there will be a heavy penalty for any taxidriver found to have such accessories in his or her vehicle," Mr Tuinaceva said.

He said drivers should not compromise safety when the life of the passengers would be at risk.

Mr Tuinaceva said they were aware of the fact that PSV vehicles were installing this deadly device on their vehicles. "I urge all drivers to use their common sense and good judgement," he said.

Installing the same device in buses, on the other hand, Mr Tuinaceva said was an exception because the screen did not distract the drivers.

Meanwhile, Mr Tuinaceva said they were investigating the incident over the weekend before a relevant course of action was taken.





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