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At High Gear we are incredibly passionate about safety in the industry, keeping up-to-date with current changes and concerns. This week passenger safety has again been the focus for many, with council representatives of Northern England eager to create awareness.
Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird QC, has joined forced with South Tyneside Council leader, Iain Malcolm; this week signing a letter to the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling MP. In a mission to safeguard taxi passengers these individuals are focused on the current law. At present, it is possible for both a private hire and a hackney carriage driver to be refused a licence by a local authority then go to another and be accepted, a law that these two wish to change in order to protect passengers.
Being a taxi driver can be such a rewarding profession, knowing that you are chauffeuring people in need of transport in a safe and professional manner.
Being on the road all day everyday means that inevitably you are more of a claims risk, being involved in more collisions than your average family car.
Although this is not necessarily the taxi driver’s fault the nature of the job is renowned for affecting cab drivers no claims bonuses.
With London transport being such a lucrative business drivers and firms have a responsibility to do their bit for charity, often getting involved in existing organisations as well as setting up their own. This week we are excited to announce that The London Taxi Benevolent Association has been named UK’s Best Charity; an organisation that offers free travel to war veterans.
Built up of a convoy of volunteer taxi drivers the charity has been running since 1948, responsible for running trips such as the annual seaside visit to Worthing.