Maxi Taxi Assoc. calls for CCTV after driver robbed, killed
After fending off robbers the first time, one maxi-taxi driver was robbed again, and this time he lost his life.
According to preliminary reports, Brandon Dupigny of Upper Coalmine Road, Sangre Grande, was working around 9:00 pm on Wednesday night when he was robbed at gunpoint near St John Road, Tunapuna.
During the incident, the maxi-taxi collided with another car. Dupigny was shot and succumbed to his injuries.
Head of the Route Two Maxi Taxi Association Linus Phillip is asking for legislation to be amended to allow drivers to have closed circuit cameras (CCTV) on their vehicles.
"It's a sad day for us...everybody here is concerned about their safety....and we are not exempted."
"We understand the police cannot be everywhere but we are asking for the legislation to be amended...we have been trying to get cameras in the bus, and some drivers have cameras, but they haven't passed the legislation yet, so it isn't legal. Get that legislation passed so that drivers could at least feel a little more safe."
"The most we can do is to ask drivers to be a bit more alert about their surroundings," he said.