Updated: Oct 6
The local MP for Barrow and Furness, Simon Fell, has taken the time to recognise the work done by taxi and private hire drivers across the area by naming his nomination for a national industry award.
Taking part in the annual Parliamentary Taxi Awards, the local MP decided to open up nominations for local people to put forward their favourite taxi or private hire driver, who has gone above and beyond this year.
Fell MP said: “We all know taxi drivers who go the extra mile. This is the chance to thank them, and have them recognised for their efforts at the national Parliamentary Taxi and Private Hire Awards.
“We had so many entries and it was really striking to see how little acts of kindness from taxi drivers across Furness have really made the difference to people, especially recently."
Members of the public have been nominating their favourite drivers for the last fortnight. The announcement was made on the MP’s social media feed, and Lee Smith of 24/7 Taxi’s in Barrow is being put forward for the national award.
Fell MP said: “Lee Smith of 24/7 Barrow had a number of nominations and I’m delighted to put him forward. So many customers wrote in to say thank you to him for being accommodating and showing kindness when others might have been in a rush to get on to the next job.”
Fell MP continued: “We have so many fantastic local taxi and private hire firms. They get us home safe after a night out and, particularly now more than ever, taxi drivers have been a lifeline for so many people.
“I want to thank them all, and I want to thank all those who took the time to show their appreciation by nominating their favourite driver. The response was truly amazing.”