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PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2019 7:04 am 
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A black Zafira with a green and white logo, apparently.

And presumably by 'taxi' it could either be an HC or PHV.

I'd guess it was a PHV, though, because I suspect the taxi angle would have been mentioned at an earlier stage (see comments below) if it had had a roofsign, and there's mention of a logo, but nothing else.


St Albans fatal hit-and-run 'involved taxi'

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-b ... s-49284509

A taxi driver thought to be involved in a fatal hit-and-run crash has never been traced, an inquest heard.

Barbara Liddle, 76, was hit by a black Vauxhall Zafira on Camp Road, St Albans, on 28 September 2017.

Officers had "exhausted" inquiries with local taxi companies but the driver had not been traced, Hertfordshire Coroner's Court heard.

Assistant Coroner Edward Solomons concluded Ms Liddle died as a result of a road traffic collision.

The mother of two was crossing the road outside her home at about 20:20 BST to be picked up by a friend to play darts.

She was "struck by a car and suffered fatal injuries", the inquest heard.

Mr Solomons said: "The vehicle failed to stop and neither the driver nor the vehicle have been identified by police.

"Officers carried out a very detailed collision investigation and it remains possible the driver will be traced."

The assistant coroner urged anyone with information to contact police.

Forensic collision investigator PC Paul Andrews said: "Following detailed CCTV analysis the vehicle was narrowed down to a black Vauxhall Zafira model B which is believed to be a taxi.

"Officers have exhausted all inquiries with local taxi companies and local Zafira owners. There is every chance [the taxi] could be from out of the area, dropping off in St Albans."

A witness said she saw a green and white taxi logo on the car.

Mr Andrews said there was "no evidence of the Zafira driving recklessly" but CCTV showed the driver "probably reacted to something and appeared to drive round Barbara but did not stop".
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So that was almost two years ago.

Yet a report a year after the accident didn't mention the make of the vehicle, nor that it was a taxi.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-b ... s-45654380


A report in March this year states that the vehicle was thought to be a Zafira, but still no mention of the taxi angle.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-b ... s-47571503

It's not until today's report that a taxi is mentioned.

Or at least that's based on the BBC reports on the incident.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2019 10:32 am 
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Clearly not a local taxi/PH, else one would assume the police would have found it.

Very sad for the family not to have closure on this. :sad:

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2019 10:47 am 
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I know of drivers that travel from Peterborough to Luton to work so presume the same happens there

Unfortunately a very common vehicle in use for PH and Taxi's

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 10, 2019 8:55 am 
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Another report says this:

Hertfordshire Mercury wrote:
Witness statements from the time of the incident had suggested there was a green sign on the side of the car that looked similar to a taxi rank, with PC Andrews stating there was "every chance it could be a taxi from another area".


Not sure how a sign on the side of a cab could 'look similar to a taxi rank' - a logo showing a row of cars, maybe? :?


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 10, 2019 11:05 am 
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Some taxis have door signs on their sides with the emblem of their licensing authority.

And that emblem could also appear on taxi ranks.

I know our 'please turn off the car whilst stationary' stickers also appear at ranks.

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