Have your say: Do you agree that taxi marshals should be scrapped?

Have your say: Do you agree that taxi marshals should be scrapped?

Have your say: Do you agree that taxi marshals should be scrapped?

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From this weekend, taxi marshals will no longer be at stands to help keep order during the night.

But budget constraints mean Sussex Police, who fund the service, cannot make that commitment anymore and the service is to be scrapped.

We want to know what you think.

Are taxi marshals a vital part in keeping taxi passengers, and drivers, safe?

Or are they not necessary?

Do you feel safe getting a taxi at night?

Have your say below.

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7:54am Sat 1 Mar 14

red bravo says...

Taxi bashing to follow....Fat, Lazy, overpriced, smelly, long way round etc etc etc Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Taxi bashing to follow....Fat, Lazy, overpriced, smelly, long way round etc etc etc Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz red bravo
  • Score: 3

8:06am Sat 1 Mar 14

BURIRAM says...

They need to police the Taxis at Brighton Station late at night. Taxis just park on the traffic lights blocking all other road users from getting past.
They need to police the Taxis at Brighton Station late at night. Taxis just park on the traffic lights blocking all other road users from getting past. BURIRAM
  • Score: 5

8:27am Sat 1 Mar 14

rayellerton says...

Anything to do with public order should be dealt with by the Police...who fail us in not providing patrols on our streets...
Anything to do with public order should be dealt with by the Police...who fail us in not providing patrols on our streets... rayellerton
  • Score: 10

9:21am Sat 1 Mar 14

hubby says...

In the 80's there were more fights at taxi ranks than anywhere else in the town.
In the 80's there were more fights at taxi ranks than anywhere else in the town. hubby
  • Score: 12

11:03am Sat 1 Mar 14

emma_barnes says...

This is so short sighted. The marshalls have done a great job in reducing problems. Remove them and assaults will increase. One nasty assault will result in at least one police officer taken off streets to go to hospital with victim, another one or two to guard the scene - perhaps a CID officer to start the investigation - CCTV to be captured and seized - Paramedic response units tied up as well as adding to the queues in A and E. I wont start on the follow up court processes which also add time/money.
This is so short sighted. The marshalls have done a great job in reducing problems. Remove them and assaults will increase. One nasty assault will result in at least one police officer taken off streets to go to hospital with victim, another one or two to guard the scene - perhaps a CID officer to start the investigation - CCTV to be captured and seized - Paramedic response units tied up as well as adding to the queues in A and E. I wont start on the follow up court processes which also add time/money. emma_barnes
  • Score: 18

4:33pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Bob_The_Ferret says...

Without the marshals, more police will be tied up keeping the peace around the busy ranks, and dealing with incidents which might otherwise have been avoided.
Without the marshals, more police will be tied up keeping the peace around the busy ranks, and dealing with incidents which might otherwise have been avoided. Bob_The_Ferret
  • Score: 9

5:48pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Pebbles says...

Keep up.

Taxi marshall service in Brighton & Hove will be restored soon

01 March 2014

Taxi marshalls will continue in Brighton & Hove.

The initiative has been interrupted while partners in the city agree ongoing funding.

Sussex Police did respond to The Argus last night to say the service will be restored soon.

Chief Inspector Katy Woolford said: "Taxi marshalling plays a key part in identifying vulnerable people and preventing crime at night in the city. Brighton & Hove police are committed to paying their contribution to this valuable service, which is funded by a number of partners in the city.

"It is unfortunate that this initiative will be interrupted for a short time while partners arrange ongoing funding. A partnership meeting is due to take place imminently so that this service is quickly restored.

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Keep up. Taxi marshall service in Brighton & Hove will be restored soon 01 March 2014 Taxi marshalls will continue in Brighton & Hove. The initiative has been interrupted while partners in the city agree ongoing funding. Sussex Police did respond to The Argus last night to say the service will be restored soon. Chief Inspector Katy Woolford said: "Taxi marshalling plays a key part in identifying vulnerable people and preventing crime at night in the city. Brighton & Hove police are committed to paying their contribution to this valuable service, which is funded by a number of partners in the city. "It is unfortunate that this initiative will be interrupted for a short time while partners arrange ongoing funding. A partnership meeting is due to take place imminently so that this service is quickly restored. http://www.sussex.po lice.uk/whats-happen ing/latest/news-stor ies/2014/03/01/taxi- marshall-service-in- brighton-hove-will-b e-restored-soon?utm_ source=twitterfeed&u tm_medium=twitter Pebbles
  • Score: 6

11:18am Sun 2 Mar 14

BURIRAM says...

Why don't the taxi company pay for it. Close the pubs at 11pm and close the clubs at 2am, less trouble in town, problem solved.
Why don't the taxi company pay for it. Close the pubs at 11pm and close the clubs at 2am, less trouble in town, problem solved. BURIRAM
  • Score: -4

1:21pm Sun 2 Mar 14

ranumiah says...

As the General Secretary of United Taxi Drivers Association,with more than 65 taxi drivers as members I am extremely annoyed that the council and the police together, are not able to find a permanent solution to funding the Taxi Marshals scheme.I believe the matter should be put to the top of the list of priorities to be discussed at the councils taxi forum meeting,to find a permanent solution to funding this scheme

Thats it thank you
As the General Secretary of United Taxi Drivers Association,with more than 65 taxi drivers as members I am extremely annoyed that the council and the police together, are not able to find a permanent solution to funding the Taxi Marshals scheme.I believe the matter should be put to the top of the list of priorities to be discussed at the councils taxi forum meeting,to find a permanent solution to funding this scheme Thats it thank you ranumiah
  • Score: 2

1:45pm Sun 2 Mar 14

Somethingsarejustwrong says...

ranumiah wrote:
As the General Secretary of United Taxi Drivers Association,with more than 65 taxi drivers as members I am extremely annoyed that the council and the police together, are not able to find a permanent solution to funding the Taxi Marshals scheme.I believe the matter should be put to the top of the list of priorities to be discussed at the councils taxi forum meeting,to find a permanent solution to funding this scheme

Thats it thank you
Far too sensible for this bunch of green clowns. Too busy destroying the city and making things worse for working tax paying residents

Cycle paths and bus lanes anyone?
[quote][p][bold]ranumiah[/bold] wrote: As the General Secretary of United Taxi Drivers Association,with more than 65 taxi drivers as members I am extremely annoyed that the council and the police together, are not able to find a permanent solution to funding the Taxi Marshals scheme.I believe the matter should be put to the top of the list of priorities to be discussed at the councils taxi forum meeting,to find a permanent solution to funding this scheme Thats it thank you[/p][/quote]Far too sensible for this bunch of green clowns. Too busy destroying the city and making things worse for working tax paying residents Cycle paths and bus lanes anyone? Somethingsarejustwrong
  • Score: 3

4:48pm Sun 2 Mar 14

minutetaker says...

In recent years there have been well documented cases involving unlicensed people posing as taxi drivers, apart from the obvious public order offences at the ranks these marshalls are a reassuring sight that the taxi on offer is genuine. I think that the pubs and clubs accross the city should pay for this service, it might will make them take responsibility for the way they sell alcohol!!
In recent years there have been well documented cases involving unlicensed people posing as taxi drivers, apart from the obvious public order offences at the ranks these marshalls are a reassuring sight that the taxi on offer is genuine. I think that the pubs and clubs accross the city should pay for this service, it might will make them take responsibility for the way they sell alcohol!! minutetaker
  • Score: 2

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