NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The head of the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers says their cars have security technology in place, so Fernando Mateo doesn’t understand why the NYPD takes so long to release the images of perpetrators, such as the people responsible for a rash of crimes in the Bronx.

“Two weeks later we received the images. We were able to post the images. Within hours, one of those suspects surrendered and the other one was arrested the following day,” Mateo said.

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“When the authorities have a tip that a terrorist is going to bomb or attack a building, they don’t wait a week to put the images out. They do it immediately to get these people off the street. What we want you to know that these people that are robbing drivers at gunpoint are terrorists. They are terrorizing the industry and we need to get these people of the street,” he added.

Mateo says he’s working with City Council members to create legislation that would require the NYPD and the Taxi and Limousine Commission to act immediately when a driver is attacked.

“And it’s very simple. If you have an iPad, you should be able to go into a cab, download the images immediately, and forward them to the local bases, so that they know who they should be looking out for. The faster you do this, the quicker you catch the perps, the faster it is to make an arrest,” Mateo said.

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  1. Paul Farah says:

    this whole problem is a result of the city of New York instituting two policies. The first is that taxi drivers are not allowed to defend themselves. Get caught carrying a weapon in your cab, and you are dismissed immediately. Second, the stupid TLC has demanded that an available taxi must stop for someone hailing a cab—no matter if the person looks like a thug or not. Gee, I cannot for the life of me figure out why those policies would result in disaster. I own a taxi company in Phoenix AZ ( ) Where cab drivers are allowed the freedom of self defense, and the freedom to deny service to customers. We have a lot lower rates of violence against cab drivers here.

  2. nyc stinks says:

    Who cares what cab drivers want ? The NYPD wont protect cabbies, the NYPD is going to hide behind their shield and firearms and concentrate on giving out traffic tickets. Think about this, how on earth can so much crime occur in Manhattan, cause the cops are busy hiding.

  3. Kevlar says:

    What about the cab drivers that drive like maniacs?It’s OK? But when they get robbed,they want the police ti hurry up? Drive off a cliff you a-hose!

  4. Michael Stearnes says:

    I believe that the NYPD is involved with all these protests at the moment and are stretched a bit thin.It is unfortunate that others may have to suffer with less police protection but perhaps that is the cost of freedom. I would suggest that these cab drivers use extreme caution with who they service but then some else could lose their freedom. You might want to arm yourself but that is illegal in New York so …

  5. john says:

    did this jackass really compare terrorist treats to a cabby getting mugged?

  6. Tim says:

    What drivers want – lower quota for NYPD traffic tickets.

  7. Rick says:

    Who cares what cab drivers want? You drive. Just drive.

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