With the party season now in full swing, Hampshire Police's Drink-Drive Arrests are up 126% campared to their recent Christmas figures. Operation Holly was launched on December 1 and is aimed at targeting drink and drug drivers around the festive season, in just four days the police have stopped 338 vehicles and carried out 320 breath tests across Hampshire. Superintendent Chris Brown, head of Roads Policing for Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police, said:
“Drink or drug driving is a choice you make. If you make the wrong decision you face a driving ban, up to £5,000 in fines and a criminal record – and that’s only the best case scenario...It’s a choice that costs people their jobs, their relationships and their lives, not to mention the lives of others. Our message is very simple, very clear. Do not drink and drive. Do not take the risk.”
The Southampton Hackney Taxi Association members will be available in their licensed white taxis around the city and Southampton area right over the Christmas period. You can always find a white taxi at the city's taxi ranks and also by hailing them at the roadside in Southampton. This makes it easy for people to get home safely rather than risk a ride with a friend who has taken a drink, or by driving themselves and risk losing their license, killing or maiming others in an accident.
Hampshire Constabulary are asking people to text 80999 to report anyone they suspect of drink or drug-driving. Include the car number plate, location and direction of travel if you can.
Supt Brown said:
“By reporting those you suspect of driving under the influence of drink or drugs you could be saving their life, or the lives of others. I’d urge people to remember the 80999 number this Christmas and most importantly, not drink and drive."
Take a white taxi this Christmas - don't drink or drive, and don't risk a ride with a friend if they have been drinking.
The SHA receives many emails and telephone calls regarding property lost in taxis in Southampton. However, because The Southampton Hackney Association is not a taxi company, we are unfortunately unable to help locate lost property left in any taxis.
The Southampton Hackney Association (SHA) was established in 2001 to promote and benefit Southampton Hackney Taxi drivers in the city. We are approved by Southampton City Council with whom we regularly consult. Southampton Hackney Carriage drivers are all licensed, and regulated by Southampton City Council.
The SHA are here to promote the Hackney carriage trade in Southampton, and all of our members are self-employed Taxi drivers.
Please do get in touch if you are a passenger looking for more information or advice on how to use the Southampton licensed white taxis or a taxi driver thinking about becoming a member of the SHA.
At the Southampton City Council Taxi Licensing Committee meeting held on Thursday 19th September 2013, it was decided that it would now be mandatory for CCTV camera's to be installed in all taxis and private hire car's. All taxi cabs and hire cars are to be fitted with permanent visual recording and audio recording facilities, which will be activated by the driver.
At the moment there are three camera manufacturers who meet the Southampton City Council's (SCC) condition. They are Verifeye, Pageantry and Brigade and these agents can be contacted by contacting the Licensing Department.
Southampton City Council state that "If you are considering applying for a new vehicle licence or replacing your existing vehicle, an approved taxi camera will be required in the new vehicle. Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs has confirmed that vehicle proprietors may claim back the net cost of camera installations against tax over one year".
This year Halloween falls on Thursday, with the weather having turned stormy and wet, forget the tricks....why not treat yourself to a white Southampton cab for your halloween parties?
Southampton's white taxis are all licensed to be safely hailed by the roadside or you can jump into them at one the city's many taxi ranks.
Keep yourself safe, dry and happy this Halloween - use a taxi!
The statutory law no.176 of The Motor Vehicles (Wearing of Seat Belts Regulations- 1993) states that while a taxi is seeking hire, answering a call for hire or carrying a passenger for hire a licensed taxi driver does not have to wear a seat belt. However, it is advisable that if you are going out of your licensing area with customers or to collect customers - you should wear a seat belt.
When carrying children in Licensed Taxis, statutory law no.1892 of The Motor Vehicles (Wearing of Seat Belts ((Amendment)) Regulations 2006), there is no requirement on licensed taxi/private car operators to provide child seats/boosters. Advice says to make sure that any child or children in your taxi are strapped in using the normal adult seat belt.
If however, you have a licensed vehicle with a partition - the Southampton Hackney Association's advice would be this - If you are going to leave the child with the parents consent in their pushchair, make sure that there are no bags of shopping hanging onto the handles. Secure the pushchair correctly, in the same way that you would with a person in a disabled chair and make sure that they have a seat belt placed around them.
If you have a saloon car taxi, please make sure that you carry no more than your licence plate allows you to.
The Southampton Hackney Association would refer you to the Department for Transport's Guide on Seat Belts for more detailed advice and information.
Freshers at Southampton and Solent University - A warm welcome to Southampton!
One of the need to know things about our great city is how to get a taxi safely home. In Southampton we have 283 licensed taxis. These are all highly recognisable as each one is white, and has a taxi sign displayed on the roof.
Southampton's white taxis are insured for you to be able to hail one down, if their light is illuminated, or jump in at a taxi rank. All taxis run on a meter, and those who carry over four people will charge an extra £2 this is well worth the cost to get home safely.
Here is a list of the taxi ranks are in the city:
Both sides of the Southampton train station - in Commercial Road side and on theToys R Us side
West Quay - Portland Terrace opposite main entrance to West Quay shopping centre
Portland Terrace, near bus stops by Asda
At the Bargate in High Street by A Plan Insurance
Town Quay outside Red Jet Terminal (IOW)
Terminus Terrace, near to Oxford Street
Above Bar Street, opposite Yates pub
Church Street in Shirley
Portswood High Street
Bitterne - Angel Crescent
Opposite Debenhams in Queensway
Leisureworld cinema entrance
Hannover Buildings outside Santander bank
Bannister Street outside Night Club (night time only)
St. Mary's Road outside British Gas offices (night time only)
London Road (night time only)
Remember Southampton taxi drivers will ensure you get home safely, and they are the only taxis where you can safely hail them from the roadside too!
The Southampton Taxi Trade welcomes the 45th Year of the Southampton Boat Show, we hope that the exhibitors do well and that the good weather attracts visitors.
The taxi rank adjacent to the Boat Show is in Herbert Walker Avenue by The Holiday Inn Hotel. There are discreet signs, but as you come out of the show look left and you should see the hotel!
Getting around whilst The Boat Show is on, is easy if your use one of the city's licensed taxis :O)
Here is some important information for taxi drivers regarding future airport pick ups:
Gatwick Airport North and South Terminal are apparently in the process of making sure that taxi's collect their customers from the designated car park areas, rather than from the front of the terminal.
It seems the days when the customers could ring you via their mobile to inform you that they are waiting to be picked up at a pre-arranged place at one of the terminals might unfortunately be coming to an end.
This was reported in the local Crawley Newspaper, any updates from taxi drivers appreciated - email email@example.com
Looking for things to do over the Summer holidays, and an easy way to get there?
Why not approach one of Southampton's taxi drivers (in the white licensed cabs at taxi ranks around the city) and ask for a quote to be taken to Paultons Park or Marwell Zoo and other summer school holiday attractions?
Often it can be cheaper to take a taxi than public transport, when there are several of you sharing the ride. Plus of course there is no waiting for buses or trains. With a taxi you go door-to door!
Take a taxi - see a girafe this Summer!!
Some of the Southampton Hackney Association (SHA) taxi driver members are concerned about the numbers of dogs they are seeing in the city which have been left in cars with very little ventilation whilst their owners visit Southampton shops.
With all of the lovely weather we have been having, it seems some dogs are being put at risk of heat exposure which can lead to death. The SHA supports Guide Dogs, Hearing Dogs and Assistance Dogs and we would not like to see any animal suffering unnecessarily.
You can find out tips for keeping your dog safe in hot weather on the RSPCA website here , along with information about how to report a dog which has been left unattended in a car.
Photo courtesy of RSPCA