Federal Member for Hunter today announced that Maitland City Council is a successful recipient of the Taxi Security Scheme which will improve the safety of taxi drivers and passengers at ranks where there is a high incidence of crime.

Maitland City Council will receive $200,000 to upgrade four taxi rank sites in the Maitland Local Government Area.

“Cabbies have been vulnerable to attacks from people picked up at badly lit ranks,” Mr Fitzgibbon said.

“Better lighting will make it safer for both drivers and passengers,”

“To counter this problem, the Federal Government is providing this funding for councils to undertake projects during the next two years to improve the security around at risk ranks’ Mr Fitzgibbon said. 32 councils will receive over $3.8 million to put in place better environmental design to deter crime and anti social behaviour around their taxi ranks.

The scheme is an expansion of the successful Safer Suburbs program that has funded 65 projects worth more than $20 million since 2007 to improve community safety.

The Safer Suburbs program allows councils to identify their priority projects to improve safety. This means that voices from the local community are heard. The Taxi Security Scheme will allocate funding in the same way.New taxi Rank

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