At least two surprised local Barrow taxi passengers have been left out of pocket this week. It seems that local cops have started paying particular attention to our passengers.
Instant penalty tickets for a £30 fine have been issued for failing to wear a seat belt. After I heard about the clamp-down I started to remind my fares about their seatbelt, and was surprised by some of the replies. A lot said "aye Ok I don't want to get you fined" and some said "no I don't need to wear the seatbelt in a taxi." So lets make it clear for them, if an adult, the passenger, not the driver is responsible for wearing their own seatbelts and for paying any fine for not doing so. Some folk may be confused by the law relating to seatbelts whilst riding in a taxi by hearing rumours of certain exemptions. The law is that Hackney Carriage taxi drivers are exempt from wearing seat belts while on duty (whether they have a passenger or not). Private Hire taxi drivers are only exempt when carrying a fare paying passenger. They must wear a seat belt at all other times. The only other exception is that a child under 3 years may travel unrestrained in the rear of a taxi if the correct restraint is not available. And just to let you know, I unusually for a cabbie always wear my seatbelt on every trip.