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Taxi CCTV to ease drivers' fears

Taxi
The council said attacks on drivers had increased over the past year

Cameras will be installed in 10 council-run taxis in Bridlington after drivers said they did not feel safe picking up night-time revellers.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council said attacks on drivers, and the number of people refusing to pay had both risen.

Licensing officers found there was a shortage of taxis in Bridlington in the early hours at weekends because drivers said they did not feel safe.

The six-month pilot is also intended to make customers feel safer.

Tina Holtby, acting licensing manager, said: "We realise incidents are more likely to occur at the weekend in the early hours of the morning when customers are more likely to be in drink.

If you are a driver or a customer you need to feel safe instead of vulnerable
Taxi driver Mick Stevenson

"There is also a problem when the last nightclub open has closed, and there are no taxis available to take customers home, they just hang around in the streets.

"This can lead to crime and disorder and can also lead to female customers being placed in the vulnerable position of walking home alone."

The council said in other areas where CCTV had been fitted, taxi-related crime had fallen by 90%.

Local taxi driver Mick Stevenson said: "If you are a driver or a customer you need to feel safe instead of vulnerable.

"I am happy to work with the council on this exercise, it's an excellent initiative which will help secure taxi drivers peace of mind and improve their personal safety."




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