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Published 22nd Jul 2011

Taxi

A new taxi marshalling scheme is being piloted in Middlesbrough town centre.

The initiative was drawn up to deal with late night issues involving the Hackney and private hire trades.

The marshals will initially operate on a three-month trial basis in Wilson Street on Friday and Saturday evenings from midnight to 4am.

Their primary role will be to ensure the safety and security of people using taxis, including members of the public and the taxi drivers themselves.

They will ensure the orderly organisation of taxi queues and promote good conduct by the public to ensure passenger safety.

The marshals will be clearly identifiable by their uniform and will have direct contact with the CCTV control room and the police to enable them to report any instances of disorder.

The scheme, jointly backed by Middlesbrough Council and Cleveland Police, will be monitored and reviewed throughout the trial period and if successful may lead to the use of marshals in other areas.

Cllr Julia Rostron, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive member for Community Protection, said: “The area around Wilson Street has been identified by both the Council, Police and the Hackney Carriage and private hire trade as being a priority area which suffers from heavy traffic congestion at peak times and occasional instances of disorder.

“I am confident that with the support of the taxi trade and the public this scheme will prove to be a great success and provide a safe and secure area for people to get taxis home after enjoying an evening in the town centre.”



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