A mother of a girl from Gloucestershire has criticised a taxi company after a driver made her daughter get out and walk home in the early hours of the morning.
In a message to ‘Cheltenham Guar-dians’ (a volunteer patrol charity) the angry parent said her daughter was coming home from a night out in Cheltenham when she realised she was short a few pounds for the journey back to her home in Bishop’s Cleeve.
According to ITV News, the mum was furious that instead of collecting the money from her when he got to the house the driver ordered her daughter out at 3.30am on Sunday, forcing her to walk home.
“We strongly encourage taxi drivers to seek recompense for shortage of fare after the potentially vulnerable passenger has been returned safely home and not to abandon them at the roadside. Further, on a Saturday night between 23.00 and 07.00 taxi drivers are encouraged to call Cheltenham Guardians on 07473 231741 if there is such an issue. We may be in a position to help.” Cheltenham Guardians
However, people are in disagreement about how wrong the alleged actions of the taxi driver were.
On Facebook Gaby C-Ka said: “Well, to be honest that’s their job and they trying to earn some money for their kids and wives. Maybe people should think more and drink less to safe some cash for home journey? Would u guys let me not to pay for my shopping if I didn’t have money? .... Or have an extra hair treatment for free? I don’t think so.”
But taxi driver Simon Wilson added: “I am a hackney carriage driver in Cheltenham and I have before taken people home before when they haven’t got enough to pay the full fare.
It doesn’t happen often but I would never eject anyone in a vulnerable situation just because they were a little short on the fare.”
Emily Wilsdon replied: “Old enough to go out drinking old enough to budget to get home, I think for the sake of a few quid it’s sad he couldn’t take her further but at the same time these people work to make a living not get people’s drunk kids home for half the fare.”
Mmmm...Mixed bag of reaction here, naturally; we’ve often slammed passengers who have gone out of an evening and not budgeted for the journey home. But to dump this young lady on the street at 3.30am? Don’t think so, somehow... the term “vulnerable adult” covers a plethora of individuals, and councils all over the country are bringing in licensed driver training to cover CSE, children, vulnerable adults – both their transport and the driver’s attitude toward them. Cheltenham Guardians? We’d not heard of this group before, so we Googled them: Cheltenham Guardians is a community safety group staffed by volunteers, which was established relatively recently to aid the community when budgetary restraint caused the cutback in numbers of the Gloucestershire Constabulary in the district. Would that there were more of these support groups around the country. – Ed.