To Buckle up or not; when in taxi

In May 2015 in New Jersey, one of America’s most notable mathematician and Nobel Prize-winning economist John F. Nash Jr. and his wife Alicia lost their lives in a road accident. John and his wife were sitting in the backseat of their taxi while going back home from the airport.

The airport taxi crashed into a guardrail and it has been reported by the state police that neither of the passengers was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.  As a result, they were thrown off the car upon impact.

In New Zealand its mandatory for the driver to make sure all the passengers, under 15 years of age, are wearing safety belts. Children between the age of 8 to 14 years must use safety belts if available; if not, they must travel in the back seat.

Researchers show a higher rate of negligence when it comes to wearing the seatbelt while in a taxi. While some people think it’s trivial, others hold on to the opinion that it’s only necessary for the front seat passengers.

But taking note of the tragic incident above, whether you are in the front seat or back seat of the car, whether it’s a taxi or your pal’s car, wearing a seatbelt is highly effective against serious injuries during an accident.

In some countries, the law is at leisure to the taxi drivers and passengers for using safety belts. A research finding shows only 38-40% of passengers wear a seatbelt while riding in a taxi.

The research explaining why people are more reluctant to do so is either they don’t have the habit of using seat belts or because they think it would be uncool or unnecessary to wear one for a busy urban street.

Emphasising the need for safe travelling, researchers and policymakers are of the view that wearing a seatbelt should be part of our habit rather than a decision or a choice.

Auckland Taxi Service

At Auckland Taxi Service, our goal is to provide safe and reliable taxi service whenever and wherever you need. Since 2006 we have grown our reputation for efficiency and quality. This is delivered by our management team, who have decades of experience in the industry and a customer-focused approach. It is also delivered by our highly professional, courteous, and well-trained drivers.

Our taxis arrive quickly to pick you up, we take safety on the road extremely seriously, we charge affordable fares, and we offer a range of services to meet your specific needs.