The daughter of a taxi driver killed in a crash in Mandurah last month has urged the State Government to make surveillance cameras compulsory in regional cabs.
Speaking publicly for the first time, Karen Ferguson told yesterday of her family's devastation and anger at her father Lindsay Ferguson's death.
A taxi driver for more than 20 years, Mr Ferguson, 67, died after his maxi-taxi swerved from Mandurah Road into Rouse Road and crashed into a truck on April 24.
Grant Lindon Collard, 46, of Mandurah, allegedly one of three passengers in Mr Ferguson's taxi, has been charged with offences including deprivation of liberty and assaulting Mr Ferguson, criminal damage, threats with intent to compel and two counts of threats with intent to gain benefit.
He has been remanded in custody and is due to reappear in court on August 2, pending the result of an autopsy.
Ms Ferguson said a camera in her father's taxi would have provided crucial information about what happened.
"To our family, because of all of the issues surrounding Lindsay's death, it has been very hard," Ms Ferguson said.
"We knew that Lindsay had wanted cameras in taxis for a long time because he had had other things happen to him and it was always a danger being out on the road."
Ms Ferguson and Mandurah Taxis owner Julie Murray met Transport Minister Troy Buswell yesterday after Mandurah MLA David Templeman raised the issue as a grievance in Parliament.
The Government provided $7.74 million to help cover the cost of retrofitting all metropolitan taxis with cameras in 2011, but Mr Buswell was asked to extend this program to taxis in major regional centres.
Mr Buswell told Parliament that drivers could install cameras at their own cost.
"What we need to do . . . is have a bit of a conversation about how we can assist in the funding of that," he said.
He said the Government covered up to 75 per cent of about $4000 to retrofit cameras in metropolitan taxis.
Mr Templeman said the funding could be taken from Royalties for Regions, if necessary.
'Lindsay had wanted cameras in taxis for a long time.'" Daughter *Karen Ferguson *