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First Taxi Marshal Scheme in Dacorum

November 13, 2014 9:29 AM

taxi marshallA taxi marshalling scheme has been introduced in Hemel Hempstead, to supervise the new taxi rank outside the Old Town Hall and to direct customers from night outings into licensed taxis and private hire vehicles.

The scheme was suggested by licensed taxi drivers in the town to improve safety during late night periods and to help ensure the success of the night-time economy in the run-up to Christmas and the New Year.

Ross Hill, Licensing Team Leader said: "We are pleased to introduce Dacorum's first taxi marshalling scheme, which will supplement the existing licensing enforcement operations carried on by the council and police across the borough. Taxi marshals will help us to ensure that the taxis and private hire vehicles being used by customers of licensed venues in the High Street are legal, insured and safe for use, and to prevent unlicensed rogue drivers from illegally picking up and endangering the safety of passengers."

The marshals will work on Friday and Saturday nights between the hours of 11pm and 4am in the Old Town to help reduce anti-social behaviour and alcohol-related crime. The scheme will run until December 2014.

Marshals are trained licensed security personnel, wearing highly visible uniforms to help to manage crowd control, reduce the risk of disorder arising, enhance security for drivers and help to disperse people from the town quickly and safely. They are linked by radio to Dacorum Borough Council's CCTV control room and report any issues that need police attention.