Taxi Safety Guide Issued for Women; Black-Cab Maker Backs Campaign to Highlight Dangers

Coventry Evening Telegraph (England), May 17, 2003 | Go to article overview

Taxi Safety Guide Issued for Women; Black-Cab Maker Backs Campaign to Highlight Dangers


Byline: HAYLEY CUTHBERTSON

A COVENTRY taxi maker has joined forces with the Suzy Lamplugh Trust to highlight the dangers of bogus minicabs and unlicensed private hire cars.

LTI (London Taxis International) - the biggest maker of black cabs in the UK - has launched a publicity campaign called Taxiwise in response to the increasing number of bogus taxis and women who fall prey to incidents including verbal abuse, overcharging and sex attacks.

The firm, based in Holyhead Road, Coundon, has produced a leaflet and website to highlight some of the incidents which have happened after women have accepted lifts in illegal minicabs.

Statistics from the Metropolitan Police reveal that one woman a week is seriously assaulted by a bogus minicab driver in the capital alone.

Backed by the safety charity set up by missing estate agent Suzy Lamplugh's mother Diana, the website www.taxiwise.com aims to educate women of the dangers and advise them of simple safety steps they can take when planning a journey. …

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