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CCTV in taxis 'to curb violence'

Tony de la Haye
Former taxi driver Tony de la Haye was left paralysed by an attack

A retired Jersey taxi driver, left paralysed in an attack by youths who flagged down his cab, has backed moves for CCTV to be installed in taxis.

Tony de la Haye said using the security cameras was the only thing that could be done to ensure driver safety.

The 67-year-old, who had driven for 40 years, was left unable to move from the chest down by the attack in 2005.

A rise in isolated attacks on drivers has led to CCTV being considered by the island's Taxi Drivers Association.

'Taking a chance'

David Le Corre, association chairman said there has been three or four incidents of drivers being attacked in the past three years.

He told BBC Jersey: "Some of the drivers are now talking about the possibility of installing CCTV in the cars which would be one measure which would not only protect the driver, but protect the client as well in the event of some problem while the journey is taking place.

"Having said that I really don't know what further measure we can do apart from rely on the police for a rapid response when we do call them out for a problem such as this."

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In September 2005, Mr de la Haye was attacked by a group of youths who he had picked up in his taxi from Portelet, in St Brelade, shortly before he was due to retire.

He said: "I am distraught, we'd have liked to have done quite a bit more with our retirement. We both planned to do quite a bit of touring and all that's had to come to an end now.

"I don't really see what anyone can do to make things safer apart from CCTV in the cars and that sort of thing, I can't really see that anything else can be done.

"When we're out on the road we're on our own and we don't know who we're going to pick up, we don't know whether they're a good or bad person or whatever - we're taking a chance whenever we pick someone up."

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