Drivers call for safer vehicle models after latest taxi carjacking

Taxi drivers are calling for safer car models to be introduced to protect them from attacks.

The call comes after three men attempted to hijack a taxi in Dublin city centre yesterday morning.

The attack was foiled when the driver managed to take the keys from the ignition and run towards James Street, where he alerted Gardaí.

There has been a surge in carjackings in recent months and John Usher from the Taxi Drivers Association said that new, safer cars could be produced if a standardised model was introduced across Europe.

"Now that we're in Europe, the criteria should be the same no matter whether you're in Spain, Germany, London or Dublin," he said.

"But if we did get a Europe specification, perhaps then you could build a vehicle that would be cheap enough to buy, and give the driver some security."

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