Taxi drivers afraid seatbelt laws will put them in danger

DISGRUNTLED taxi drivers have turned out to Sydney Airport in their hundreds to protest new reforms which will force them to buckle up as of next week.

Until now, NSW has been the only state where taxi-drivers have been exempt from seatbelt laws first introduced in the 70s.

NSW Taxi Drivers' Association claims drivers are afraid the laws will prevent them from being able to escape the clutches of would-be attackers, particularly in Sydney.

A Transport NSW spokesperson said the changes would enhance driver safety and protect front seat passengers in the case of a crash where an unrestrained driver could be thrown across the vehicle.

They said less than 2% of all NSW motorists injured in a crash were not wearing seatbelts, but among taxi drivers the figure was 40%.

Transport safety officers will be patrolling cab ranks throughout NSW in the coming week to ensure drivers are aware of the new "clip ever trip" rules.



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