Vital security checks

Vital security checks

Vital security checks

First published in Readers' Letters

I SEE Rowenna Davis has contributed to your “In My View” (Letters, August 8). She speaks a good deal of sense concerning changes to the law regard private hire vehicle drivers.

No one in their right mind would take a ride with a driver who had not been through the proper security checks to get a licence to transport unsuspecting people around the city. It could be the opportunity for a thief, a rapist or even a murderer.

We as a society have suffered recently from deregulation, finance and transport to name the worst and it has not been good for us, the ordinary folk. Society needs the protection that rules bring. The alternative is anarchy.

B LUPTON, Southampton.

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10:47am Thu 21 Aug 14

camerajuan says...

As long as they can pronounce where I'm going and know where it is, I'm fine with taxi dri………wait, they can't. And, they don't.

Brilliant. Who employs them?! A street 1 mile away from central station and you don't know where it is? Fire and hire!
As long as they can pronounce where I'm going and know where it is, I'm fine with taxi dri………wait, they can't. And, they don't. Brilliant. Who employs them?! A street 1 mile away from central station and you don't know where it is? Fire and hire! camerajuan
  • Score: 1

9:52am Fri 22 Aug 14

downfader says...

camerajuan wrote:
As long as they can pronounce where I'm going and know where it is, I'm fine with taxi dri………wait, they can't. And, they don't.

Brilliant. Who employs them?! A street 1 mile away from central station and you don't know where it is? Fire and hire!
They're not talking the white cabs, but the private hire folks. Not the cabs you leap in at Above Bar or Central Station but the prebooked hire cars. People get confused and think you can flag those down too, and with deregulation it creates an opportunity for those with harmful or illegal intentions who might actually pull over and pick up someone.
[quote][p][bold]camerajuan[/bold] wrote: As long as they can pronounce where I'm going and know where it is, I'm fine with taxi dri………wait, they can't. And, they don't. Brilliant. Who employs them?! A street 1 mile away from central station and you don't know where it is? Fire and hire![/p][/quote]They're not talking the white cabs, but the private hire folks. Not the cabs you leap in at Above Bar or Central Station but the prebooked hire cars. People get confused and think you can flag those down too, and with deregulation it creates an opportunity for those with harmful or illegal intentions who might actually pull over and pick up someone. downfader
  • Score: 2

10:37am Fri 22 Aug 14

camerajuan says...

downfader wrote:
camerajuan wrote:
As long as they can pronounce where I'm going and know where it is, I'm fine with taxi dri………wait, they can't. And, they don't.

Brilliant. Who employs them?! A street 1 mile away from central station and you don't know where it is? Fire and hire!
They're not talking the white cabs, but the private hire folks. Not the cabs you leap in at Above Bar or Central Station but the prebooked hire cars. People get confused and think you can flag those down too, and with deregulation it creates an opportunity for those with harmful or illegal intentions who might actually pull over and pick up someone.
I've used a private hire from St Mary's to a street just off Basset Avenue after the golf course and the driver didn't know the street or the way there. He tried to take Onslow Road down to Lodge Road then up the avenue instead of going round Jurys Inn and straight up the avenue.

It's very rare I get a taxi driver in this city who knows where he is going without me telling them. Its ridiculous. I can get a taxi from my parents house to any street in Edinburgh (5-9 miles away) and not have to talk until I ask how much it is. Being able to drive doesn't make you a good taxi driver.
[quote][p][bold]downfader[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]camerajuan[/bold] wrote: As long as they can pronounce where I'm going and know where it is, I'm fine with taxi dri………wait, they can't. And, they don't. Brilliant. Who employs them?! A street 1 mile away from central station and you don't know where it is? Fire and hire![/p][/quote]They're not talking the white cabs, but the private hire folks. Not the cabs you leap in at Above Bar or Central Station but the prebooked hire cars. People get confused and think you can flag those down too, and with deregulation it creates an opportunity for those with harmful or illegal intentions who might actually pull over and pick up someone.[/p][/quote]I've used a private hire from St Mary's to a street just off Basset Avenue after the golf course and the driver didn't know the street or the way there. He tried to take Onslow Road down to Lodge Road then up the avenue instead of going round Jurys Inn and straight up the avenue. It's very rare I get a taxi driver in this city who knows where he is going without me telling them. Its ridiculous. I can get a taxi from my parents house to any street in Edinburgh (5-9 miles away) and not have to talk until I ask how much it is. Being able to drive doesn't make you a good taxi driver. camerajuan
  • Score: 2

9:52am Sat 23 Aug 14

bigfella777 says...

You can get in a taxi with a driver who has not been criminally checked any day of the week. They only check the records in this country, a lot of Southampton's drivers have been here 10 years or less. How do you know what they were up to in Afghanistan, Iraq or Somalia before that?
Answer, you don't!
You can get in a taxi with a driver who has not been criminally checked any day of the week. They only check the records in this country, a lot of Southampton's drivers have been here 10 years or less. How do you know what they were up to in Afghanistan, Iraq or Somalia before that? Answer, you don't! bigfella777
  • Score: -1

3:02pm Sun 24 Aug 14

IronLady2010 says...

downfader wrote:
camerajuan wrote:
As long as they can pronounce where I'm going and know where it is, I'm fine with taxi dri………wait, they can't. And, they don't.

Brilliant. Who employs them?! A street 1 mile away from central station and you don't know where it is? Fire and hire!
They're not talking the white cabs, but the private hire folks. Not the cabs you leap in at Above Bar or Central Station but the prebooked hire cars. People get confused and think you can flag those down too, and with deregulation it creates an opportunity for those with harmful or illegal intentions who might actually pull over and pick up someone.
Even if you pre-book how do you know the driver is licensed? The jobs come through on a pager so anyone could be driving the Taxi.
How many people get in a Taxi or private Hire and ask to check ID?
[quote][p][bold]downfader[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]camerajuan[/bold] wrote: As long as they can pronounce where I'm going and know where it is, I'm fine with taxi dri………wait, they can't. And, they don't. Brilliant. Who employs them?! A street 1 mile away from central station and you don't know where it is? Fire and hire![/p][/quote]They're not talking the white cabs, but the private hire folks. Not the cabs you leap in at Above Bar or Central Station but the prebooked hire cars. People get confused and think you can flag those down too, and with deregulation it creates an opportunity for those with harmful or illegal intentions who might actually pull over and pick up someone.[/p][/quote]Even if you pre-book how do you know the driver is licensed? The jobs come through on a pager so anyone could be driving the Taxi. How many people get in a Taxi or private Hire and ask to check ID? IronLady2010
  • Score: 9

8:08pm Sun 24 Aug 14

Lone Ranger. says...

bigfella777 wrote:
You can get in a taxi with a driver who has not been criminally checked any day of the week. They only check the records in this country, a lot of Southampton's drivers have been here 10 years or less. How do you know what they were up to in Afghanistan, Iraq or Somalia before that?
Answer, you don't!
Whats the point of asking us a question ..... then giving us the answer ..
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: You can get in a taxi with a driver who has not been criminally checked any day of the week. They only check the records in this country, a lot of Southampton's drivers have been here 10 years or less. How do you know what they were up to in Afghanistan, Iraq or Somalia before that? Answer, you don't![/p][/quote]Whats the point of asking us a question ..... then giving us the answer .. Lone Ranger.
  • Score: 2

10:20am Tue 26 Aug 14

camerajuan says...

Lone Ranger. wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
You can get in a taxi with a driver who has not been criminally checked any day of the week. They only check the records in this country, a lot of Southampton's drivers have been here 10 years or less. How do you know what they were up to in Afghanistan, Iraq or Somalia before that?
Answer, you don't!
Whats the point of asking us a question ..... then giving us the answer ..
If you ever become a parent, remember what you said here and don't do it to your kids.
[quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: You can get in a taxi with a driver who has not been criminally checked any day of the week. They only check the records in this country, a lot of Southampton's drivers have been here 10 years or less. How do you know what they were up to in Afghanistan, Iraq or Somalia before that? Answer, you don't![/p][/quote]Whats the point of asking us a question ..... then giving us the answer ..[/p][/quote]If you ever become a parent, remember what you said here and don't do it to your kids. camerajuan
  • Score: 2

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