Plymouth cabbies make national TV debut

Authored by Mary

A BBC South West documentary which charted the weight loss attempts of two Plymouth-based taxi drivers is to receive a national TV premiere on BBC One on Monday, 19 June at 7:30pm.

Aired on BBC South West in April 2016, Supersize Cabbies followed the fat-busting fortunes of Roger Laughton and Mike Davis from Plymouth taxi company Need A Cab as they embarked on a six-week community...

Taxi driver assaulted in Plymouth

Authored by News Desk

Police are appealing for witnesses following an assault on a taxi driver on Honicknowle Lane, Plymouth, at around 5am on Sunday 24th July.

A Taxi First blue Ford Mondeo estate picked up four teenagers near the Carpe Diem pub, North Hill around 4.50am, and drove the group to Honicknowle Lane.

On arrival at Honicknowle Lane, all four occupants fled the taxi without paying. The...

New safeguarding training for taxi drivers

Authored by Mary

A new scheme aimed at keeping some of Plymouth’s most vulnerable people safe is being officially launched after a successful pilot.

Plymouth City Council’s Taxi Licensing Team joined together with the Local Children and Adult Safeguarding Boards to offer training sessions to 60 of the city’s hackney carriage, private hire drivers and operators.

The pilot project started as a...

Consultation starts on proposed taxi licensing update

Authored by Mary

A new ‘code of good conduct’ for Plymouth’s licensed drivers, vehicle owners and operators could be brought in as part of a review of the city’s taxi licensing policy.

The code would set out standards of dress and behaviour for the trade so that passengers can expect a professional service when they book a ride.

It also offers clear guidance to make sure drivers think about...

Police appeal for witnesses after altercation

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At approximately 9.25am on Tuesday 10th March, an altercation took place between the driver of red taxi and a male pedestrian at the city bound traffic lights of North Hill and North Road East, Plymouth.

It is believed that a pedestrian walked in front a queue of traffic which was waiting to turn into North Road East and an argument ensued, resulting in the pedestrian pulling a chisel...

Plymouth taxi drivers see reduced fees

Authored by Mary

Plymouth’s taxi drivers will be paying less next year to be on the city’s roads, thanks to a cut in fees.

Taxi drivers will pay just over £100 less for a vehicle licence and £96 less for a three-year driver’s licence as a result of the Council’s review of its fees that cover the cost of regulating taxis. Private hire drivers will be paying around 10 per cent less for their vehicle and...

Is your taxi home safe?

Authored by Mary

Devon & Cornwall Police are urging people not to use illegal taxi services after a night out.

Warnings follow a surge of people using social media sites to advertise unlawful taxi services to those seeking a cheap lift home.

“People are getting into non-licensed vehicles, potentially risking their safety” said Superintendent Keith Perkin.

“They may as well climb...

Top Night Out taxi hits the streets

Authored by Sarah Parker

Have a top night out in Plymouth and make sure you get home safely, that's the message as a new campaign literally takes to the streets in Plymouth.

A taxi branded with the top night out safety messages will be driving around the city this festive season to remind people to make travel plans for the end of an evening out. It's part of a safety campaign championed by local charity...

Taxis answer 999 calls in South West

Authored by Huw Oxburgh

A Freedom of Infomation (FOI) request has revealed that the South Western Ambulance Trust (SWASFT) has sent taxis to 158 999 calls in 2013/14.

The evidence was presented to the House of Commons yesterday by Shadow Health Secretary, Andy Burnham who claimed that the news revealed a deepening crisis in UK A&E’s.

Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, said: "People...