Taxis to feature up front payment warnings

Taxi driver Andy Kay with his taxi, which can now feature a police-endorsed pre-payment sticker.
Taxi driver Andy Kay with his taxi, which can now feature a police-endorsed pre-payment sticker.

Taxi drivers around the district are to display a sticker warning passengers they may be asked for payment up front.

Members of the city council’s licensing committee voted unanimously in favour of the idea at a meeting last week after it was proposed by the police in a bid to cut down on taxi-related offences.

The sticker has been provided by Lancashire Constabulary as part of their Safeguarding Taxi Drivers Campaign and endorses any request from the driver to the passenger for a pre-payment of the fare.

The scheme came as a result of the police carrying out some work in relation to civil disputes, which showed that taxi-related incidents had been identified as a key demand.

Incidents had been taking up a lot of police time countywide and the police are trying to spread their resources better.

Taxi drivers will be able to refer to the sticker when asking for pre-payment.

They are already able to ask for payment up front, but the police feel a sticker endorsed by them would assist drivers when making that request.