Weyline Taxis Take Action Against Fare Dodgers
7:40am 2nd October 2013
(Updated 4:08pm 2nd October 2013)
If you're getting a taxi in Weymouth you could be asked to hand over money for your journey before the driver has put the vehicle in gear.
Weyline Taxis have made the decision following an increase in the number of passengers jumping out cars and running away dodging fares.
They're trying to stop people leaving drivers out of pocket and have launched a new campaign.
It's called "Play Fare Pay Your Fare" and sees taxis featuring stickers and posters letting passengers known about the new campaign.
Weyline Taxis Manager Mandy Fry told Wessex FM they've been forced to take strict action, over what they call "Bilking";
"It's not a case of it just happens at night, it's been happening during the day and across all age groups, men, women, 15 to 16 year olds and we have serial offenders. This is the livelihood of taxi drivers who lose out. We thought it's about time we started protecting our drivers as best we can."
"We don't want the public to take offense if they're asked for the fair before the start of their journey. You have to buy a train or bus ticket in advance of your journey and in other towns and cities this type of thing is already in place."