BROOKLYN - The New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers is pushing for new legislation that would require the NYPD to release photos of suspected livery robbers within hours of the crime.

The group says it wants an alert system that connects livery companies with local police precincts. They say the technology already exists because most cabs are equipped with cameras and a hard drive.

The federation is stepping up efforts to keep cabbies safe following a growing number of livery robberies. It hopes that by immediately informing drivers and the public when a crime happens, it will be easier to catch the suspects.