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Author:  StuartW [ Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:04 pm ]
Post subject:  Glasgow HCs urged to carry lifebelts to save Clyde 'jumpers'

Have just ignored last couple of articles I've come across about defibrillators, but at least this is a bit different :-o

But if it's anything like Dundee's Tay Road Bridge then the police usually shut the bridge for an hour or two when this sort of thing happens, so lifebelts not much use if drivers stuck in the traffic jams at either end of the bridge :?


Glasgow Taxi drivers urged to carry lifebelts in new safety initiative

https://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/178 ... nitiative/

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Image: Evening Times

Taxi drivers in Glasgow are being urged to become potential life-savers - by carrying emergency lifebelts in the back of their cabs.

The new initiative is being brought forward by campaigner Stef Shaw, aka the Glasgow Cabbie, and the Glasgow Humane Society (GHS).

They believe that by carrying the safety equipment, cabbies in Glasgow will be more vigilant and alert as they cross the many bridges over the River Clyde.

Stef Shaw said: "We have taxi drivers interested who just need to realise that they are potential lifesavers.

"Glasgow taxi drivers cross those bridges all day everyday and we have the need for speed when someone is in the water.

"It’s a very simple but excellent idea - and carrying lifebelts will also make our drivers that bit more vigilant at bridges."

Stef told the Evening Times how the GHS rescued 11 people from the river last year, on top of 79 call outs by the emergency services.

Glasgow Taxis have now sent out a letter on Stef's behalf to all their drivers, in which he urges them to get involved.

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Stef Shaw (Image: Evening Times)

George Parsonage and William Graham of the GHS say they are prepared to provide a number of cabs with lifebelts and throw ropes, as well as provide short lessons in how to use the equipment.

The new initiative comes off the back of Stef Shaw's campaign to get emergency lifeline telephones put in place on the banks of the Clyde.

Those proposals have now received the backing of Glasgow City Council and work is now in place to have the phones installed.

Samaritans signage has also been put in place along every city centre bridge.

The Evening Times have contacted Glasgow Taxis for comment.

Anyone who needs help can contact Samaritans 24/7 free on 116 123 or by visiting Samaritans.org.

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Image: Evening Times

Author:  StuartW [ Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:25 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Glasgow HCs urged to carry lifebelts to save Clyde 'jump

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:lol: :lol: :lol:

Any connection with yesterday's article purely coincidental 8)

Number plate 1 TOA - bet everyone he picks up knows what that stands for :-s

Interesting MoT failure in 2015 @ 92,000 miles though:

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• Nearside rear parking brake recording little or no effort (3.7.B.6a)
• Offside rear parking brake recording little or no effort (3.7.B.6a)
• Parking brake: efficiency below requirements (3.7.B.7)


You'd think an experienced driver would realise there's something wrong with the handbrake, though.

Of course, the owner may have taken it for repair and asked for an MoT while there, but they do it the other way round #-o

And recall the Edinburgh TX a couple of weeks ago with the questionable mileage figures?

Well look at what this one failed on in 2013 @ 22,000 miles:

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Reason(s) for failure

• Offside Headlamp aim too low (1.8 )
• Nearside Suspension arm has excessive play in a ball joint (2.4.G.2)
• Offside Suspension arm has excessive play in a ball joint (2.4.G.2)
• Nearside Front Front wheel bearing has excessive play (2.5.A.3c)
• Offside Front Front wheel bearing has excessive play (2.5.A.3c)
• Service brake: efficiency below requirements (3.7.B.7)

Advisory notice item(s)

• Offside Rear Trailing arm rubber bush deteriorated but not resulting in excessive movement (2.4.G.2)


A purpose-built HC with 22,000 miles on the clock failing for that kind of stuff? Really? :roll:

Author:  StuartW [ Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:45 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Glasgow HCs urged to carry lifebelts to save Clyde 'jump

Don't know if it's significant, but they've changed the photo of Stef Shaw on the Evening Times website.

Maybe he's sold the cab on and asked for photo to be changed because of its distinctive appearance, or something like that, or maybe the flags have been removed, but who knows :?

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Author:  edders23 [ Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:52 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Glasgow HCs urged to carry lifebelts to save Clyde 'jump

I'm sorry but that is ridiculous why not secure a few to the bridge so that ANY passer by can save the person (if they want to be saved)

So it's just the national politicians suffering from mad cow disease then :roll:

Author:  Sussex [ Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:51 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Glasgow HCs urged to carry lifebelts to save Clyde 'jump

I can't believe I have just read an article that's suggesting cab drivers carry a life-belt in the back of their cabs.

For f*** f***ing sake. ](*,)

Author:  Chris the Fish [ Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:35 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Glasgow HCs urged to carry lifebelts to save Clyde 'jump

Maybe they should also carry an Emergency Personnel Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) and a 25 man Life-raft. Then they could have a propeller fitted and a system of inflatable skirts - use the whole Cab to effect a rescue.

I don't think any Cab should carry a Fire Extinguisher, they lead to more problems than rescues.

I will not be carrying a Perry Buoy anytime soon. Even on the boat I wouldn't have one.

Author:  StuartW [ Thu Sep 12, 2019 12:08 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Glasgow HCs urged to carry lifebelts to save Clyde 'jump

Chris the Fish wrote:
Maybe they should also carry an Emergency Personnel Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) and a 25 man Life-raft. Then they could have a propeller fitted and a system of inflatable skirts - use the whole Cab to effect a rescue.

I don't think any Cab should carry a Fire Extinguisher, they lead to more problems than rescues.

I will not be carrying a Perry Buoy anytime soon. Even on the boat I wouldn't have one.

=D> =D> =D>

Author:  StuartW [ Thu Sep 12, 2019 12:09 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Glasgow HCs urged to carry lifebelts to save Clyde 'jump

edders23 wrote:
I'm sorry but that is ridiculous why not secure a few to the bridge so that ANY passer by can save the person (if they want to be saved)

So it's just the national politicians suffering from mad cow disease then :roll:


Indeed. Bit like the defibrillator thing - call me a cynic, but while no doubt it's to a degree well-meaning, also looks like bit of free advertising and simply getting their photos in the paper.

Reminds me of this stuff the other day too about advice from Police Scotland to prepare 'emergency grab bags'. Suspect they're trying to make a thinly-veiled political point about Brexit :roll:

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Anyway, the Scottish Daily Mail obviously didn't like this, but I'm not sure if they're accusing police and politicians of having a panic attack, or having one themselves :-s

And according to a piece in the Metro (link below), other UK police forces have been issuing the same advice?

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https://metro.co.uk/2019/09/10/emergenc ... -10715815/

Author:  grandad [ Thu Sep 12, 2019 3:09 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Glasgow HCs urged to carry lifebelts to save Clyde 'jump

So you need a fire extinguisher, a first aid kit, a defibrillator and a lifebelt. Where will the customers luggage go when the front is full?

Author:  Chris the Fish [ Thu Sep 12, 2019 9:09 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Glasgow HCs urged to carry lifebelts to save Clyde 'jump

In the 25 man Life-Raft you thoughtfully tow behind maybe Grandad.

Author:  grandad [ Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:00 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Glasgow HCs urged to carry lifebelts to save Clyde 'jump

Chris the Fish wrote:
In the 25 man Life-Raft you thoughtfully tow behind maybe Grandad.

Silly me, I forgot about that.

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