Updated: Feb 21, 2022
The GMB Union have put forward new "NO EXCUSE FOR ABUSE" stickers to be displayed in taxi and private hire vehicles after a number of complaints made by drivers of passengers being verbally and even physically abusive towards them.
The stickers are currently waiting for approval by the capital's licensing authority, Transport for London (TfL).
Steve Garelick, GMB Regional Organiser for Logistics, has been an active advocate for more protection to be put in place for drivers and has even suggested a "No Ride" list to be implemented to help keep drivers safe.
The new sticker states 'NO EXCUSE FOR ABUSE' and that offenders will be reported to police. It hits home with its bold orange colour way and could soon be seen on a number of licensed vehicles.
Speaking to TaxiPoint recently, Steve put forward his idea of a 'NO RIDE' list, which would be similar to the aviation's 'NO FLY' list.
Steve said: "We are all accustomed to seeing the signage 'We will not tolerate abuse towards our staff in hospitals, doctor's surgeries and retailers, amongst other locations, so why is it that some individuals believe they can act with impunity towards those providing their personal transportation?"
Steve concluded: "Drivers deserve to be as safe as anyone going about their daily work and we must do all we can to make that a reality."