Residents and visitors to Bolton Town Centre are soon to benefit from a new GetHomeSafe scheme, #GHS, thanks to the efforts of Anna Gough, General Manager of Yates in Bolton, who is also Chair of the local Best Bar None Scheme.
Working in partnership with trusted taxi companies and the local council, Anna initiated the scheme to help people easily identify licensed private hire vehicles so that they can get home safely.
GetHomeSafe approved cabs can only be booked in advance through a licensed operator and all vehicles must display door stickers detailing the name of their taxi company and their vehicle registration number. The driver must also be licensed with a private hire badge on display.
Commenting on the launch of the scheme, Anna Gough, said: "As the manager of a pub and Chair of the Best Bar None Scheme in Bolton, it is very important to me that both staff and customers can get home safely, so I came up with the GetHomeSafe idea. It's simple, if the taxi doesn't have a sticker on display, don't get in it, it’s really not worth taking the risk."
Best Bar None is a Home Office backed scheme which sees the alcohol industry working collaboratively with the local authorities and police to create a vibrant and safe night-time economy by promoting responsible drinking and higher professional licensing standards in bars, pubs, clubs and entertainment venues.