A city in northern Honduras has created a taxi service exclusively for women, with pink cars and emergency safety devices, the responsible transport cooperative said.
The project, which should have been launched on Thursday in San Pedro Sula, but was postponed for a week due to the covid-19 pandemic, belongs to the Honduran Taxi Transport Cooperative Limited, whose president, Henry Rodas, told the EFE agency that he will have of a satellite tracking system.
In a city of great economic, commercial and industrial movement, which a few years ago was among the most violent in the world, the question of security is imperative in this service whose taxis are driven by women and will serve only women.
Pink taxis will also be equipped with internal and external cameras, a “panic button” and immediate contact with the 911 in the event of an emergency, according to Henry Rodas.
The president of the cooperative also stressed that, in a sexist country, where the taxi driver is normally reserved for men, women now have the opportunity to exercise this activity safely.
The first taxi driver for the pink service is Julia Wilson, a 30-year-old nurse, a single mother, with a six-year-old son.
“Women behind the wheel are more careful and cautious, and those who least incur traffic violations and accidents,” he commented.
So far three women have signed up for the project, but by December 15 to 20 pink taxis are expected to circulate in the city, and the project manager would like to take it to other cities in Honduras.
“More projects are sure to emerge because women have the same skills and competences to be able to perform an activity in any work model”, estimates Henry Rodas.