History and essence in the time of COVID-19
The coronavirus pandemic forced everyone around the globe to practice social distancing responsibly. Given the enclosed space and small distance in vehicles, thriving in the ridesharing and transportation industry became more challenging.
To protect their passengers and themselves against the virus, companies and drivers were urged to get creative and started installing protective screens for taxis. Aside from serving as a defensive barrier, these screens prevent direct contact between drivers and passengers and minimize the risk of transmitting viruses and bacteria.
The history of taxi protective screens
The taxicab partition was invented out of fear. This surfaced in the 1960s to protect the lives of drivers and deter holdups, especially at a time of armed robberies, gunfire, and even murders. In 1967, cabs driven at night were required to install bullet-resistant partitions, while all taxi owners were asked to place protective screens in their vehicles in 1971. In the 70s, the partitions were regulated as voluntary.
Drivers were urged to install the partitions again in 1994 when a crack cocaine epidemic occurred and claimed many lives. In 1997, fleet-owned vehicles for hire were also advised to use protective screens.
The redesigning of the driver protection screens
Some of the drawbacks of the taxi partitions are they make passengers feel as if they were in a cage. These protective screens also prevent them from seeing and enjoying the view of the city fully and discourage them from striking a conversation with the drivers or giving them directions, which makes the taxicab-riding experience displeasing.
Some taxi drivers think that getting rid of the partitions would be the best solution. After all, removing these protection screens would mean allowing for better conversation between drivers and passengers and an easier exchange of money. In addition, many people questioned the effectiveness of taxi partitions at first. However, eventually, they have declared a success since they were proven effective in sparing the lives of taxi drivers from robberies.
To enhance their features and hopefully make the riding experience of passengers more enjoyable, a proposal was issued to redesign the partitions in the early 2000s. Ideal taxi shields that were aimed to be used are those made from shatterproof plastic that can withstand ultraviolet rays, scratches, and a blast of handguns.
The more modern version of the partitions was made to accommodate video monitors and credit card readers as well as added space for legroom and a sleeker money slot. These video monitors were designed to preview electronic maps, advertisements, and the progress of the trip. Also, to provide a better view of the city around the passengers, the taxi protective shields were made to be less opaque.
Taxi partitions enhance the safety of drivers by deterring crime since their invention. At present, these protective screens can help protect the drivers and passengers against the coronavirus by minimizing direct contact and preventing its transmission. Therefore, investing in these partitions is worth your money, especially at this time of the pandemic. Make sure to shop only at reputable stores for quality protective screens.
About Driver Bubble™
The Driver Bubble™ is a simple, intuitive screen that fits into most vehicles and helps shield passengers and drivers alike. Born out of Amsterdam, the company designs and builds protective screens for the global taxi, rideshare and transportation industry.