During a large earthquake or other disaster, a taxi driver is sometimes the first eye-witness. Disaster-reporting cars are equipped with emergency telephones, and they were created with the objective of protecting the lives and property of Tokyo residents by offering live information on the state of affairs at disaster site to the Tokyo Metropolitan Disaster Prevention Headquarters and the mass media. As of March 31, 2013, 71 disaster reporting taxis and 264 taxi disaster reporters have been selected to protect the safety of city residents night and day.
Taxis in the city have a "disaster reporting car" sticker on the right and left side of their rear fenders, and the tops of the cars are marked as well to allow them to be identified from above.
※Note: These cars are part of the Tokyo Metropolitan Area Regional Disaster Management Plan.
When a large earthquake, storm or flood damage or a large accident occurs, we will use the mobile phone (a disaster priority telephone) in the car to quickly report on the situation to the media and relevant governmental institutions. This report will include the situation at sites of visible damage, the situation in the surrounding area and the state of roads.
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