Taxi marshals a success – ERYC

Regents Terrace'New Scheme with taxi Drivers'PA1149-1c'Taxi Driver Chris Short & Counciler Jane Evison

Regents Terrace'New Scheme with taxi Drivers'PA1149-1c'Taxi Driver Chris Short & Counciler Jane Evison

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TAXI marshals operating in the town over the festive period have been hailed a success by East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

Operating between midnight and 4am on busy evenings during the party season, marshals patrolled taxi ranks on Cliff Street and Regent Terrace to ensure there was little anti-social behaviour from those queuing for taxis.

Councillor Jane Evison, cabinet portfolio holder for rural issues and cultural services and chair of East Riding of Yorkshire Community Safety Partnership, said: “The council is delighted with the positive responses received from the taxi trade, licensed premises, our partners, including Humberside Police, and residents for this campaign.

“The aim of the scheme was to help people to have a great night out and support our night time economy, as well as keeping the travelling public safe using the taxi ranks. Coun Evison said that over the five nights the marshals operated in Bridlington, there were no reports of unlicensed vehicles operating.

“Customers felt safe because the taxi marshals were there to assist where necessary,” she continued.

“Unlicensed vehicles are in the minority, but pose a real danger to the travelling public and take work away from licensed taxis and the private hire trade who do a great job, especially late at night, of getting people home quickly and safely at a time when no other public transport is available.”

The ‘Get Home Safe Tonight’ campaign, which aimed to raise awareness of bogus taxi drivers as well as avoid problems at taxi ranks, was financed from license fees, so cost the tax payer nothing.

Income generated from license fees can be spent on enforcing licensing or improving the night time economy.

The council is evaluating the campaign and will make a decision on whether it will run again at other times this year.