Don’t bother smiling in taxis: there’s a fair chance you won’t be caught by the security camera

July 8, 2013

It looks like the taxi industry is trying to take someone for a ride.

It is reported to be fearful that an increase in violent attacks on drivers will result from criminals becoming aware that as many as half the security cameras installed in cabs do not work properly.

Let’s have a replay of this concern.

The industry is fearful that criminals will wake up to the fact that as many as half the security cameras installed in cabs don’t work properly.

Accordingly there will be an increase in violent attacks on drivers.

Yep. The nature of the concern is all too apparent.

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New Year booze warning: the first steps you take in 2012 could be your last

December 30, 2011

It's an easy walk home from here - but what are the risks?

Ignorance is bliss, as they say.

And Alf has been blissfully ignorant for decades about the dangers he has faced each time he walked home from the Eketahuna Club.

Now he knows all about these dangers, he is keen to apprise his constituents of them.

They are much greater – he is sure – than they ever imagined.

And the warning is timely, because January 1 – Alf has learned – is the deadliest day of the year for pedestrians.

An American economist, Steve Levitt, has compared the risk of drunk walking with drunk driving and found that the former can potentially pose a greater risk.

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Smile (as you try to beat up the driver) – you will be on cabbie camera

August 11, 2010

Sad to say, the Government has buckled in just the same way as a typical Labour mob would have done to a clamour for something to be made compulsory to save lives.

This time it will require cameras to be installed in taxis in a bid to improve security, a bit of regulatory howz-your-father that follows the recent murders of two drivers.

The move has been welcomed by the taxi sector which will be governed by strict privacy policies and fines of up to $10,000 if drivers misuse the footage, as has happened overseas where images have appeared on the internet.

If the taxi sector wanted bloody cameras in their cabs, what exactly was the need to wait for the Government to demand it by done?

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A Clayton’s cab – but did he have enough pull to get a fare deal?

June 12, 2010

Alf has never been an admirer of Clayton Cosgrove, Labour’s law and order spokesman, who held a number of Ministerial portfolios in the Clark government.

But he feels duty-bound, in the name of fair play, to come to Cosgorove’s defence over the matter of a taxi fare charged to taxpayers on a ministerial credit card.

The political hacks at Stuff have been sifting through boxes of material released by Internal Affairs this week and found Cosgrove and a staffer in March 2008 racked up a $950 bill for two nights accommodation including one at the Hilton Adelaide.

Dunno of Alf is too astonished by that.

There are other fascinating tidbits of information about Cosgrove’s spending.

The item that attracted Alf was the $712 cost of a taxi in Canada, apparently for a five-hour trip.

There is a clear implication Cosgrove was travelling in luxury.

Not so. Alf has done some research on the matter and tracked down the cab and its driver.

The driver reckons Cosgrove got a good deal.

Alf isn’t so so sure and wonders if he was ripped off.

Or maybe he gave the cabbie an outrageously generous tip, as socialists are apt to do.