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Violence Against Taxi Drivers On The Rise

Friday February 14 2014



VIOLENT attacks against taxi drivers are on the rise, according to one owner.

Blue Line owner Pete Tingey spoke out after one of his driver's was allegedly punched several times in the back of the head by a passenger, in an incident two weeks ago.

Pete has now raised the matter with a liason group for the drivers which meets with Barnsley Council.

He said: "We heard of one lady driver who had two incidents over the last 12 months, one involving a hammer and one a penknife.

"We are up against all sorts of tricks as well - like passengers saying they are just going into the house to get money, and then disappearing."

Mr Tingey said attacks against drivers used to be extremely rare in the Barnsley area but were now increasing to an alarming level.

"It used to be mainly alcohol related but now it can be drugs, domestic abuse - where couples are fighting in the back of a cab - racist fights or any number of things."

Barnsley drivers are discussing ways forward such as installing CCTV at taxi ranks.

"At ranks, you can see bullies forcing their way through to the front of the queue and often punching anyone who gets in the way," he said.

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Reply Posted by Graham on Friday February 14 2014 at 12:39
It's not just blueline drivers !!! It's happening to all taxi drivers even hackney drivers. Need CCTV in cars not taxi ranks. Most

Reply Posted by Gav on Friday February 14 2014 at 13:05
Every other council install cctv in the taxis but not barnsley but the willing to take the money off drivers n owners which is pounds up on pounds but there not bothered wot the dont c if it wasnt for taxi drive the town would be a bpxing ring but that's thanks u get off the council

Reply Posted by julie on Saturday February 15 2014 at 08:15
I get taxis regularly and they charge wot they want my fares different everytime ive rung up to query this.. So lets c nxt time... Im very weary and uncomfortable wen its a foreign driver....

Reply Posted by Kerry on Monday February 17 2014 at 20:53
Hmmm so all these changes in the past few years are not linked???? Hmmmm watched it in Rotherham now I'm watching it here where will I go nxt lol