‘I’m terrified waiting in the dark,’ says one woman as a result of the taxi shortage.

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‘I’m terrified waiting in the dark,’ says one woman about how the taxi shortage makes her feel unsafe on the streets.

Cancelled rides and long cab lines are fueling women’s fears across the UK.

It’s no surprise that women feel less safe than ever when they go out at night.

In the aftermath of the tragic murders of Sarah Everard and Sabina Nessa, there have been reports of women being “spiked” by injection in clubs and bars, as well as growing distrust of the police.

Indeed, according to the ONS, nearly half of women now feel unsafe walking alone after dark, whether in crowded public spaces or on quieter streets close to home.

We’re all venturing out more frequently now that the coronavirus measures have eased, and many women are relying on taxis to avoid the late-night walk home.

However, a taxi shortage is making it more difficult than ever to get home.

Following the lockdown, the taxi and private hire industries are struggling.

There are driver and vehicle shortages in some areas of the country, and unsustainable low rates for minicab drivers are leading to an increase in driver cancellations.

It’s a widespread problem.

During the pandemic, Glasgow Taxis, for example, lost a third of its drivers.

Aberdeen Taxis has shrunk from 1,000 to 550 cabs since Covid-19.

Rebecca Vasmant, a Glasgow-based DJ who travels all over the UK, claims that getting a taxi home has become nearly impossible recently.

She says, “I finish work late at night and feel completely unsafe.”

“When I’m alone, men say inappropriate things, yell at me, and try to stop and talk to me.

At 3 a.m., when everyone is drunk, it’s intimidating.

“Previously, if you couldn’t get a taxi, you’d just walk to the taxi rank and wait in line, knowing you’d get one.

There are no taxis at the ranks right now, so there’s nowhere to wait.

It makes me fear the upcoming night.”

“I think guys are behaving worse at the moment,” she continues.

Everyone’s emotions are running high, and after Covid, everyone is going out more.

This, combined with the taxi crisis, appears to be a disaster waiting to happen.”

Cab companies in Grimsby are missing up to a third of their workforce, and vehicle shortages are affecting London.

UK news summary from Infosurhoy.

‘I’m terrified waiting in the dark,’ says one woman who feels unsafe on the streets due to the taxi shortage.

How the taxi shortage is making women feel unsafe on the streets: ‘I’m terrified waiting in the dark’

‘It makes me dread the night ahead’

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Rebecca Vasmant, who works as a DJ

Rebecca Vasmant is a Glasgow-based DJ, who works across the UK. She says that recently, it has been almost impossible to get a taxi home.

“I finish work late at night and I feel completely unsafe,” she says. “If I’m on my own, men say inappropriate things, shout stuff, try to stop and talk to you. It’s intimidating at 3am, when everyone is drunk.

“Previously, if you couldn’t get a taxi, you would just walk and queue at the taxi rank – and you’d know you’d get one. Right now, there’s no taxis at the ranks, so there’s nowhere to even wait. It makes me dread the night ahead.”

She adds: “I feel like guys are more badly behaved at the moment. Everyone’s emotions feel really high, and everyone is going out more after Covid. That, combined with the taxi crisis, feels like a recipe for disaster.”

Amy May Heather Taxi shortage case study Provided by writer siobhanambersmith@outlook.com
Amy May Heather finds it hard to get a taxi after work in the small hours

‘I’m terrified waiting in the dark’

Amy May Heather is a radio producer who lives in Surrey. She regularly finishes work at 1am in London, and increasingly has found that she’s having to wait a long time to get an Uber, making her feel very vulnerable.

“Men definitely notice that I’m a small, young woman, standing on my own,” she says. “I’m terrified while I’m waiting in the cold and dark.

“I get cat-called, people stare at me, drunk men try to talk to me. And I’m just standing waiting, while Ubers keep cancelling and cancelling. It’s really scary. I feel defenceless and I’m coming to realise more – if someone wanted to hurt me, it would be very easy for them.”

She adds that, sometimes, getting a taxi as a lone female doesn’t necessarily lessen her fears and she often feels worried about getting in a car for the long journey to her home.

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