Make our cabs safer

MLA David Templeman and Mandurah cabbies get behind Karen Ferguson’s plea for local taxi cameras. Picture: Jon Hewson d400948
MLA David Templeman and Mandurah cabbies get behind Karen Ferguson’s plea for local taxi cameras. Picture: Jon Hewson d400948

Mr Ferguson’s daughter Karen said if cameras had been fitted to the taxi she would know what happened in the last six or seven minutes of her father’s life.

Police allege Grant Lindon Collard (46), of Mandurah, was one of the passengers in Mr Ferguson’s taxi before it crashed.

Collard is charged with offences including deprivation of liberty, assault, criminal damage, threats with intent to compel and two counts of threats with intent to gain benefit.

He was remanded in custody and is due back in court on August 2.

Ms Ferguson said justice would be better served if police had recordings of what happened in taxis.

‘It would give critical information to police,’ she said.

‘I am angry and have been trying to put my energy into this legacy for Lindsay.

‘It would be a positive outcome to the tragic circumstances surrounding his death.’

A Mandurah Taxis spokeswoman said it was not just a case of buying cameras for the vehicles.

‘It involves a whole program and infrastructure including tamper-proof cameras and compliance officers,’ she said.

Mandurah MLA David Templeman called on the State Government to find the money to roll out security cameras in major regional centres.

‘We owe it to Lindsay’