Assaults on taxi drivers prompts hard-hitting campaign

Taxi drivers in East Devon should be treated with respect – that’s the message a ‘No excuse for abuse’ campaign is sending local residents and visitors.

It is being spearheaded by East Devon District Council and the local taxi licensing association.

Recent reported incidents of abuse and assaults on local taxi drivers prompted the council and the taxi and licensing association to launch the awareness campaign. It aims to encourage greater respect from the public for taxi drivers in the district.

Taxi drivers in Exmouth have been experiencing higher levels of abuse at night times and both the council and the trade association are determined to prevent further incidents through an awareness education campaign, which emphasises that such behaviour will not be tolerated.

‘No Excuse for Abuse’ is a hard-hitting national campaign being run by the National Taxi Association in conjunction with partners, which aims to reinforce the message that any abuse of taxi traders, whether verbal or physical, will not be tolerated and that all incidents will be reported to the police.

East Devon District Council says it is delighted to be working with the taxi trade to support the ‘No excuse for abuse’ initiative. The partnership work will involve councillors, officers and members of Exmouth Taxi Association and will see ‘No excuse for abuse’ stickers and material circulated to all taxi proprietors for display in vehicles, following a recent partnership meeting.

Councillor Paul Jarvis, chair of East Devon District Council’s Licensing and Enforcement Committee, said: “We have always been very good at focusing on the safety of the public, but this is an equally important campaign, to be able to support licensed drivers to remain safe on the job is not only a good position to take, it is the only one.”

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