PLANS are afoot to install devices in taxis to ensure the safety of drivers.
The LTA and Fiji Taxi Association are working on a study to assess the level of threat to the safety and security drivers are exposed to.
Authority spokesman Iliesa Sokia said there was a range of preventive strategies that could reduce the risk of assaults on taxidrivers, including technological interventions, training, and policy changes
"We are looking at a combination of technical intervention including protective screens, global positioning systems, cameras, cashless payment systems, two-way radios, alarms, flashing emergency lights and policy initiatives," he said.
"It's an attempt by the authority to put in measures that will control and prevent taxidrivers from being easy targets or prey of would-be robbers and thieves.
"Due to the nature of their work, taxidrivers are often at risk of robberies because they work alone and drive through high-crime areas late at night making them easy targets."
The authority, Mr Sokia said, proposed some security features it planned to implement.
"Preventative measures such as the installation of panic devices whereby drivers need to touch a button that will flash in the office that he's in trouble and inform the police accordingly.
"It has also been proposed for taxi companies to install glass partitions between the driver and the back seat of the vehicle.
"Passengers will sit at the back of the vehicle rather than in the passenger's seat.
"Proposals have been made for companies to install Wi-Fi or other GPS systems to track the whereabouts of taxis.
"Security cameras are also another way of preventing robberies and helping catch criminals if a robbery occurs. "
Fiji Taxi Association president Vincent Singh said he was aware of the proposed plans but would not comment on the issue.