By Tatiana Castellanos
Thousands of additional eyes will be on the lookout across Queens’ neighborhoods now that the city’s 24,000 livery drivers will be receiving training on the Amber Alert system and Transportation on Patrol.
While this is not the first time this training is available to ground transportation professionals, it is the first time it will be brought to the city in a fully accessible online format to livery and black car drivers.
The online training program, which can be found at fhvinstitute.org, will teach drivers what to look for, how to correctly record and report accidents and how to respond to Amber Alerts. Drivers will also be able to receive Amber Alerts directly through their dispatcher devices.
The Amber Alert program is offered in conjunction with the Black Car Assistance Corp., the Black Car Fund, the New York Amber Alert Coordinator, the Taxicab, Limousine, and Paratransit Association/Foundation and Ecubed Learning/The Moses Group.
As part of their training, drivers will also become members of a “neighborhood watch on wheels” to attempt to make the streets a little safer.