More than 140 taxi and minicab drivers recently attended Watford Borough Council-led training to update their child safeguarding knowledge.
Licence holders were given the latest training in what to look out for when carrying vulnerable passengers. Drivers had the opportunity to ask questions and to discuss ways they could help or report concerns if they felt passengers may be vulnerable to exploitation.
Chairman of the Hackney Carriage Association, Shafiq Ahmed, said: ‘The training day was really useful, offering excellent advice. The attendance shows just how seriously professional drivers take their jobs and the responsibility they have to really look after passengers. It's in the public's interest to use Watford taxi drivers who do a lot of extra training, pass the knowledge test and are fully checked before receiving a licence.’
Councillor Keith Crout, Chair of the Licensing Committee, added: ‘We are delighted that the training organised by the council was so well attended by drivers. It shows how closely we work together to make sure that passengers in Watford are travelling in safety when they use a Watford licensed vehicle.’
In December 2015 Watford Borough Council introduced compulsory safeguarding training for all new drivers, with more courses being run for existing drivers.