Taxi Marshals in Bridlington

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The council’s licensing team has been making sure that party goers and those celebrating Christmas and New Year will do so in safety.

From 19 December to 1 January taxi marshals will be operating on the main ranks in Beverley and Bridlington during evening and night time hours.

Councillor Jackie Cracknell, portfolio holder for community involvement and performance, said: “The East Riding has a reputation for being a safe place to be out and about. We want everyone to enjoy themselves while staying safe.

“For the fourth year, the marshals will be a reassuring presence working with the council’s licensing officers, helping manage large queues and keeping things calm.”

During the festive period, the licensing team will also be carrying out spot checks on taxi and private hire drivers to weed out any that are operating illegally.

Councillor Cracknell said: “We are talking about a small element of unlicensed drivers who either hold no licence or attempt to accept passengers when they are not legally entitled to. Our advice is to book ahead or only get in a taxi where the driver is wearing a council-issued identity badge.”

The team is also working with licensees to make sure they comply with new laws introduced in October, which tightens up on irresponsible drinks promotions.