Another woman has been dumped in the street, alone and in the dead of night by a taxi after a night, out in Cleethorpes.
People trying to get home after a night out in the resort have been urged to go to taxi ranks rather than hail cabs from the street.
A woman got in a taxi around 1.30am on a recent Sunday after friends looked after her so she could get home safely. But she was kicked out when she felt ill, and left by the roadside as the taxi drove off.
The incident is the latest in Cleethorpes which has triggered concern about people being abandoned by taxis late at night before they have reached home.
The previous week it emerged a woman was dumped in the street in Holton-le-Clay just yards from where tragic teenager Liam Toner was found dead in a ditch in December after being dropped by a taxi miles from his home in Ulceby after a Christmas night out with workmates.
The woman, 24, was taken in a red taxi, thinking she was getting a lift home to Louth. But the driver ordered her out of his taxi, despite her repeatedly telling him she had enough money to pay the fare.
A friend of the woman involved in the latest incident in Cleethorpes posted a message on Facebook alerting revellers to the incident.
She said friends had got the young woman into a taxi and given the driver £10 to take her to her home in Humberston. But on the way at Hewitt’s Circus she complained about feeling unwell and was kicked out by the driver and told to walk the rest of the way.
The friend said: “My friend was put in a taxi in the Market Place, Cleethorpes to be taken home to Humberston. Her house is near the Grosvenor pub. My other friend had given the taxi driver £10 to take her home. On the drive home the friend who was in the taxi had said she felt sick. She wasn’t sick though.
“So the taxi driver pulled over and kicked her out at Hewitt’s Circus and told her ‘to walk from here’ and did not give her change.” It was around a 20 to 30 minute walk to her house. My friend was intoxicated but luckily enough she was able to know where she was going and aware enough to get home.”
The woman called her friends on her phone and talked to them until she arrived home safely.
The friend said: “We rely on taxi drivers to get us home safe and sound, not chuck us out wherever they want. Not all taxi drivers are like this but it is worrying to think that anything could have happened being on her own late at night and drunk. I have seen a few posts regarding this matter and it is scary.”
Following the tragedy involving Liam Toner, 19, North East Lincolnshire Council reminded taxi and private hire drivers of their duty of care towards passengers.
The advice to take intoxicated passengers to a safe place follows the tragic death of roofer Liam who had been in Cleethorpes on a works’ night out before he was last seen getting into a taxi on Grimsby Road. He was discovered following a 24-hour search by his family on December 17.
A Council spokesman said: “The council provides training for all taxi drivers applying for a licence and each driver must complete a set qualification.
“We also stress that each driver has a duty of care to their passengers, and we issue advice around dealing with intoxicated passengers. We recommended that drivers take intoxicated passengers to a place of safety where necessary.”
Speaking generally, the spokesman added: “The council takes complaints of misconduct against drivers very seriously and has revoked drivers’ licences in the past following such complaints.”
Mmmm.... The council may have revoked a drivers’ licence in the past for this kind of carryon, but what about these two drivers? – Ed