Taxi drivers encouraged to report hate crime

Mayor Marvin Rees met with taxi drivers outside Bristol Temple Meads station this morning to discuss the issue of hate crime.

Bristol City Council has teamed up with SARI, Avon and Somerset Police, the British Transport Police and taxi trade representatives to talk to drivers about their experiences.

The event was set up in response to the recent increase in hate crime in the city, which is a particular issue for taxi drivers, especially those working at night.

The aim was to make drivers aware of the help available to them from a range of agencies and to encourage them to report hate crime.
Some drivers currently have low confidence in agencies that can support them and therefore don’t report crime or hate crime unless it is serious. Any taxi drivers looking for further information or support can contact SARI on 0117 942 0060.