Picking up females first

Taxi firms and their drivers are being urged to make lone female fares a priority this festive season
Taxi firms and their drivers are being urged to make lone female fares a priority this festive season

Taxi firms in the Falkirk area are being urged to make lone females a priority fare this festive season.

Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald is calling on taxi firms, cab drivers and passengers themselves to follow the single woman priority policy, designed to protect Christmas and New Year’s female revellers from potentially dangerous situations on the dark streets.

Some companies in Scotland have a policy where they prioritise a pick up for a woman if she is on her own and Mr MacDonald believes this policy should be adopted by all firms operating in the Falkirk area at this time of year.

He said: “There has been a good response from taxi firms around the country, however, I would be delighted if every taxi firm in Falkirk district signed up to the plan during this festive period.

“There are always an increased number of people using taxis at this time of year, especially at the end of the night. While it’s important to have a good time, the most important thing is always making sure everyone gets home safely.”

Long-established local taxi firm Bruce’s Taxis already has a system in place which makes lone females a priority.

A spokesman for the firm said: “We have a setting that makes sure female fares who say they are waiting for a taxi on their own are made a top priority. However, the women have to tell us they are on their own so we can make sure the drivers know to pick them up first.

“We always try to pick up women on their own first.”