East Riding Of Yorkshire Council announced the return of Taxi Marshals to the Beverley and Bridlington for the festive season. It’s the time of year where businesses are holding their Christmas parties, and people are getting into the festive spirit. This also means the local pubs and clubs tend to get much busier. To ensure everyone gets home from their night out safely the council have announced that the Taxi Marshals will return.
Starting from tonight (Friday the 15th) Taxi Marshals will be positioned at each taxi rank. They will be stationed from midnight to 4am at the main taxi ranks in the towns. As part of their duty they will help make sure people get on their way home safely. They will also be on the lookout for unlicensed vehicles trying to profit on this busy period.
Councillor Shaun Horton, portfolio holder for community involvement, said:
The taxi marshals are a welcomed by the public, the pub and bar trade as well as the taxi owners who say this initiative works really well.
They provide some reassurance for those out celebrating the festive period as well as helping people stay calm and in good spirits.
We want everyone to enjoy themselves but most importantly stay safe and that’s what taxi marshals are there to do.
How To Find A Taxi
East Riding of Yorkshire Council also released the following advice regarding finding a taxi home:
- Only Hackney Carriage cabs can be hailed in the street or on a taxi rank
- Hackney Carriage cabs licensed to the East Riding can be identified by either the distinctive green and white livery or they will be displaying white oval door stickers. All will have a top light that says TAXI
- Private hire vehicles must always be booked in advance and display a plate on the back of the vehicle – East Riding licensed vehicles have yellow oval stickers on the front passenger doors saying “pre-booked only”
- All licensed drivers should have a driver’s identity badge issued by the relevant council, which should be prominently displayed at all times
- Carry a telephone number of a trusted licensed taxi or private hire company
- If possible, book a taxi or mini-cab in advance and ask for the name of the driver as well as the make and colour of the car
- Confirm the details with the driver when the vehicle arrives to make sure it is the car you ordered
- When ordering a car from a public place, try not to let anyone overhear your name and address
- If you are out with friends, make sure everyone has a way of getting home
- If someone in your group has had too much to drink, accompany they to the taxi and make sure it’s a legitimate vehicle – friends should stick together and make sure everyone gets home safely
ERYC also advised that anyone that has any concerns about a taxi being licensed should contact them. You can email them at [email protected].