November 30, 2012
Taxi marshals will be introduced at one of Poole’s busiest taxi ranks over the festive season.
The rank at Ashley Cross will be targeted in the new initiative after worried cabbies raised concerns about the overcrowded rank.
Taxi driver, Steve Jeffrey said: “It happens every weekend. You’ve got to weave in and out of parked cars. It means you’re doing manoeuvres on what can be a moderately busy road so it’s not good.
“It will eventually cause an accident – it’s a miracle there hasn’t been one already, either for a member of the public or a taxi.”
Funding has now been sourced by Dorset Police and the Borough of Poole licensing team, through the Safer Poole Partnership, to allow two marshals to work on a Friday and Saturday night, between 11pm and 3am, during December.
With a significant increase of party goers at this time of year, it is essential that the marshals are in place to ensure that the risk of anti-social behaviour is kept to a minimum and everyone gets home quickly and safely.
Poole Council says that the current services need to be reviewed, with the possibility of creating another rank.
Frank Wenzel, licensing manager, Borough of Poole, said: “We want to provide a safe waiting area with a reassuring presence for passengers until their taxi arrives. We are pleased to be able to provide this service over the Christmas period.”