The Government is looking at forcing taxi companies to install cameras or screens in cars after the murder of taxi driver Hiren Mohini.Why does Joyce think the government has to mandate anything? If the taxi drivers want extra safety equipment do they not have all the incentive they need to install it? After all it is the taxi driver's lives that are at risk, that would seem like the best possible incentive to attend to safety measures.
Transport Minister Stephen Joyce met with industry representatives today to talk about security regulations in taxis. He said that authorities would be looking to Australia to see what security measures were effective.
"Sadly we are in an environment in New Zealand now where taxi drivers are less safe than they were. It is not something anybody would wish for but we have to look very closely at mandating a higher level of safety in taxis - particularly those working at night," Mr Joyce said.
The Herald report goes on,
Taxi Federation executive director Tim Reddish said there was support for regulations.But if taxi drivers are no longer in "denial" why do they need extra regulations? What does the Taxi Federation support regulations that don't seem to be needed?
"I think there's a realisation that I could be next. That's really what's bought it home. Cab drivers have for a long time been in denial that it could actually happen to them," Mr Reddish said.
This looks like regulation for no purpose. Why force people into doing something that they seem to have all necessary incentives to do anyway? In addition, why does Joyce think whatever he forces drivers to do is the right thing to do? Is it not possible that there are different answers to this problem which apply in different situations? One size does not fit all and the drivers themselves have the best information as to what works in their particular case, so why not take advantage of this information by letting them make the decision?
Another example of the "there is a problem, government must do something, this is something, lets do it" mentality. Why can't the government work out that sometimes the best thing to do is nothing?!