[WSJ] Seoul’s female taxi drivers to get protection screen

December 10, 2014
(Courtesy of Seoul Metropolitan Government)

(Courtesy of Seoul Metropolitan Government)


One of the greatest dangers female South Korean taxi drivers face while driving is an attack from a passenger in the back seat, especially when working late at night or early in the morning.

The Seoul Metropolitan Government plans to change that by introducing clear polycarbonate screens to protect female cab drivers.

The city government recently instructed 35 female taxi drivers to install screens around their seat for protection.

The screens for taxis cost between 250,000 won and 290,000 won each ($222-$261), and the city will pay half the cost.