Essex police have announced a new initiative alongside Basildon Council which will promote treating taxi and private hire drivers fairly during nights out.
In a statement, Essex police announced the partnership which will adopt a “zero tolerance” approach to anyone abusing drivers and/or anyone who attempts to avoid paying for a journey.
PC Dan Herschel from Basildon Community Policing Team said:
“We’re working with Basildon Council and local taxi drivers to give a very clear message to the minority of people who misbehave in taxis; Pay your fares, don’t abuse or assault the drivers and don’t misbehave.”
Chairman of Basildon Borough Hackney Carriage Association said that it’s great to have the support of both the council and the police as they all have the same goal of keeping everyone safe.
Part of the initiative will also be to educate the public on how to identify a licensed taxi and private hire vehicle.
A poster from Basildon Council will be advertised with clear examples of what to look for before entering either a taxi or private hire vehicle during the Christmas period.
All licensed drivers will have one of the two badge identifiers on their vehicle and will be wearing photographic ID detailing their registration plate.