Safer Travel at Night

MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What will be delivered this year as part of this scheme?


Answer for Safer Travel at Night

Answer for Safer Travel at Night

Answered By: 
The Mayor

An integrated programme of activity has been planned by TfL, its police partners and other key stakeholders in the run up to the busy Christmas period when more people are out and about and the demand for late night travel increases. This programme includes:

· A comprehensive multi-media communications campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of using illegal cabs, laws relating to taxis and private hire vehicles and safety advice. This year's campaign is again heavily promoting the CABWISE text service, where you text the word 'CAB' to 60835 (60TFL) and get the numbers for one taxi and two local licensed minicab operators sent directly to your mobile phone.

· A heavy schedule of anti-touting enforcement activity undertaken by the Metropolitan Police Safer Transport Command (previously the Transport Operational Command Unit and Safer Transport Teams) and City of London Police across the transport network. Core activities will include evening patrols in hotspot locations from Wednesday to Saturday, covert anti-touting operations, high visibility enforcement activities to detect and deter illegal cab drivers, compliance activities (vehicle and licensing checks using Automatic Number Plate Recognition) and crime prevention and public education activities. In addition to regular patrols, a number of large scale operations will be run in December involving TfL, Safer Transport Teams and MPS units - Operation Sapphire and Operation Clubs and Vice which aim to crack down on illegal cabs and get people home safely.

· Continued provision of late night marshalled taxi ranks in Beckenham, Bromley town centre, Kingston town centre, Leicester Square, Liverpool Street station and Romford town centre. *