Man cut free from taxi following crash on A48 at the Coldra in Newport

South Wales Argus: Firefighters free people trapped in wreckage after Newport A48 crash Firefighters free people trapped in wreckage after Newport A48 crash

A MAN was cut free from a taxi following a crash on the A48 at the Coldra in Newport.

Firefighters had to cut the roof from the taxi to free the man following the collision between the taxi and a bus just after 4.50pm.

The man was taken to hospital by ambulance suffering from neck pain.

One lane was blocked following the incident and queueing traffic was reported on the westbound at Coldra.

A fire service spokeswoman could not confirm how many people were on the bus but said no-one on the bus was injured.

Firefighters from Malpas and Maindee were called to the incident and left the scene at 6.09pm.

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7:47pm Wed 15 Jan 14

bugsy93 says...

Another Taxi involved in an accident. Are these so-called drivers ever tested on their driving ability. Bus and lorry drivers have now got to carry out CPC tests and periodic training to carry members of the public on buses and lorry drivers for carrying loads.
It seems that any maniac with a car licence can transport members of the public around, breaking every traffic law imaginable.
Another Taxi involved in an accident. Are these so-called drivers ever tested on their driving ability. Bus and lorry drivers have now got to carry out CPC tests and periodic training to carry members of the public on buses and lorry drivers for carrying loads. It seems that any maniac with a car licence can transport members of the public around, breaking every traffic law imaginable. bugsy93
  • Score: 22

9:35pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Aquarius says...

I'm no fan of taxi drivers 'professionalism' myself (who hasn't been tailgated by them at one time or another, especially at night? Or been woken up by them tooting their horns long after it's legal to do so? etc).

But in this case, its a bit presumptious at this stage to be blaming the taxi isn't it? Could be several explanations, surely....
I'm no fan of taxi drivers 'professionalism' myself (who hasn't been tailgated by them at one time or another, especially at night? Or been woken up by them tooting their horns long after it's legal to do so? etc). But in this case, its a bit presumptious at this stage to be blaming the taxi isn't it? Could be several explanations, surely.... Aquarius
  • Score: 6

11:41pm Wed 15 Jan 14

bugsy93 says...

Yes you are correct, but every time I hear of a taxi involved in an accident it just comes to mind of the way we encounter their disregard of the Highway code & road safety on a daily basis.When they are involved in a RTA it is normally serious due to their 'rip & tare' culture to make money.
Yes you are correct, but every time I hear of a taxi involved in an accident it just comes to mind of the way we encounter their disregard of the Highway code & road safety on a daily basis.When they are involved in a RTA it is normally serious due to their 'rip & tare' culture to make money. bugsy93
  • Score: 5

8:39am Thu 16 Jan 14

WELSH BUDDAH says...

They are more experienced at driving the older taxi driver than most on the road. It is a minority that spoil it for the rest I don't want to sound racist because I not but a lot these days can't speck fluent english so how do they get a taxi licence it it all down to the local authority. The authorities need to get a grip on this situation all over the country and also each authority has it own set of rules. In Newport County Borough 6 penalty points off the road has a taxi driver in Torfaen 6 points in Newport come and drive up here it stupid that they don't have central laws that cover Wales. With 22 authorities all their rules different the public are confused. They have a general knowledge test on Maths, English basically can you hold a conversion and give the correct change. I have a question how many times do you get in a taxi with a foreign driver and he can't hold a full conversation with you because of a language barrier? I know Welsh drivers can be ignorant but they can if they choose to hold a conversation with you. The rules need addressing before it gets out of control any further with people lives at risk. There is no excuse for bad driving I was a taxi driver but I also can drive lorries, bus and coaches and never in 20 years had an accident so please don't treat us all the same because some of us treat it like a career.
They are more experienced at driving the older taxi driver than most on the road. It is a minority that spoil it for the rest I don't want to sound racist because I not but a lot these days can't speck fluent english so how do they get a taxi licence it it all down to the local authority. The authorities need to get a grip on this situation all over the country and also each authority has it own set of rules. In Newport County Borough 6 penalty points off the road has a taxi driver in Torfaen 6 points in Newport come and drive up here it stupid that they don't have central laws that cover Wales. With 22 authorities all their rules different the public are confused. They have a general knowledge test on Maths, English basically can you hold a conversion and give the correct change. I have a question how many times do you get in a taxi with a foreign driver and he can't hold a full conversation with you because of a language barrier? I know Welsh drivers can be ignorant but they can if they choose to hold a conversation with you. The rules need addressing before it gets out of control any further with people lives at risk. There is no excuse for bad driving I was a taxi driver but I also can drive lorries, bus and coaches and never in 20 years had an accident so please don't treat us all the same because some of us treat it like a career. WELSH BUDDAH
  • Score: 1

10:07am Thu 16 Jan 14

no cheese says...

Unfortunately I have to agree with welsh buddah, I have witnessed taxi drivers parking where they want to, swapping lanes whenever they please. I was on the roundabout on my way home from the school run and a taxi driver decided to drive from the left hand lane across the right hand lane and straight up the m4 slip road. He nearly drove straight into me so I accelerated to get out of his way. Once clear I beeped at him but the car behind was ever luckier than myself as it was even closer for him. This was a foreign driver. All bus drivers, mini bus drivers have to sit a specific course. Why don't they? Also with the recent guy caught speeding on the kingsway road, he was using a European licence this shouldn't be allowed. Their roads and signs are different to ours but yet they can drive without a test. There are so many issues with false documents in society how do we know their licences are legitimate. Outsude the local school foreigners are driving with children sat on their laps, children climbing all over thd back seats and obviously not belted in. No car seats and even children travelling in the boot. There are not enough police officers patrolling. I know that if I done any of the above I would be pulled oversnd fined, lose my license but they get spoken to and they following day they do the same thing.
Unfortunately I have to agree with welsh buddah, I have witnessed taxi drivers parking where they want to, swapping lanes whenever they please. I was on the roundabout on my way home from the school run and a taxi driver decided to drive from the left hand lane across the right hand lane and straight up the m4 slip road. He nearly drove straight into me so I accelerated to get out of his way. Once clear I beeped at him but the car behind was ever luckier than myself as it was even closer for him. This was a foreign driver. All bus drivers, mini bus drivers have to sit a specific course. Why don't they? Also with the recent guy caught speeding on the kingsway road, he was using a European licence this shouldn't be allowed. Their roads and signs are different to ours but yet they can drive without a test. There are so many issues with false documents in society how do we know their licences are legitimate. Outsude the local school foreigners are driving with children sat on their laps, children climbing all over thd back seats and obviously not belted in. No car seats and even children travelling in the boot. There are not enough police officers patrolling. I know that if I done any of the above I would be pulled oversnd fined, lose my license but they get spoken to and they following day they do the same thing. no cheese
  • Score: 4

10:57am Thu 16 Jan 14

county mad says...

I am a taxi driver in Torfaen and recently the council has allowed some 20+ foriegn drivers who reside in Newport to hold Torfaen badges. They could not pass the test set by Newport,to read and converse in English, to pass a simple maths test and have some local knowledge. Torfaen has belatedly brought in the same however the standard of driving of these 'just off the boat' characters is lamentable. Sadly any maniac with a license and a clean criminal record ,which by the way doesnt include their criminal record abroad and we know how that has worked out, recent incidents have uncovered criminals from other countries passing CRB checks! You will notice when the snow falls how many go off the road because they lack the basic driving skills to cope
I am a taxi driver in Torfaen and recently the council has allowed some 20+ foriegn drivers who reside in Newport to hold Torfaen badges. They could not pass the test set by Newport,to read and converse in English, to pass a simple maths test and have some local knowledge. Torfaen has belatedly brought in the same however the standard of driving of these 'just off the boat' characters is lamentable. Sadly any maniac with a license and a clean criminal record ,which by the way doesnt include their criminal record abroad and we know how that has worked out, recent incidents have uncovered criminals from other countries passing CRB checks! You will notice when the snow falls how many go off the road because they lack the basic driving skills to cope county mad
  • Score: 5

1:10pm Thu 16 Jan 14

broadjustice says...

Well said welshbuhhah and countymad. Lacking basic motor skills like looking left and right before pulling out, acknowledging you letting them through, also noticed they are exempt from the 4 passenger rule when it comes to the family being carried.
Well said welshbuhhah and countymad. Lacking basic motor skills like looking left and right before pulling out, acknowledging you letting them through, also noticed they are exempt from the 4 passenger rule when it comes to the family being carried. broadjustice
  • Score: 4

3:13pm Thu 16 Jan 14

WELSH BUDDAH says...

county mad wrote:
I am a taxi driver in Torfaen and recently the council has allowed some 20+ foriegn drivers who reside in Newport to hold Torfaen badges. They could not pass the test set by Newport,to read and converse in English, to pass a simple maths test and have some local knowledge. Torfaen has belatedly brought in the same however the standard of driving of these 'just off the boat' characters is lamentable. Sadly any maniac with a license and a clean criminal record ,which by the way doesnt include their criminal record abroad and we know how that has worked out, recent incidents have uncovered criminals from other countries passing CRB checks! You will notice when the snow falls how many go off the road because they lack the basic driving skills to cope
I was a Torfaen driver and I totally agree with this post CRB/DBS can't be traced back 10 years then you should not be able to work with Children, O.A.Ps or anyone who is vulnerable. Volunteers need CRB/DBS checks to work with any class of vulnerable person young, old, male or female but you can have a taxi licence without a proven record and you will meet people from all backgrounds. So I say there is a serious risk somewhere in the system and I think you should have a certain degree of driver training similar to a lorry/bus/coach drivers a taxi CPC. Like I said earlier its only the minority that spoils and makes it bad for others.
[quote][p][bold]county mad[/bold] wrote: I am a taxi driver in Torfaen and recently the council has allowed some 20+ foriegn drivers who reside in Newport to hold Torfaen badges. They could not pass the test set by Newport,to read and converse in English, to pass a simple maths test and have some local knowledge. Torfaen has belatedly brought in the same however the standard of driving of these 'just off the boat' characters is lamentable. Sadly any maniac with a license and a clean criminal record ,which by the way doesnt include their criminal record abroad and we know how that has worked out, recent incidents have uncovered criminals from other countries passing CRB checks! You will notice when the snow falls how many go off the road because they lack the basic driving skills to cope[/p][/quote]I was a Torfaen driver and I totally agree with this post CRB/DBS can't be traced back 10 years then you should not be able to work with Children, O.A.Ps or anyone who is vulnerable. Volunteers need CRB/DBS checks to work with any class of vulnerable person young, old, male or female but you can have a taxi licence without a proven record and you will meet people from all backgrounds. So I say there is a serious risk somewhere in the system and I think you should have a certain degree of driver training similar to a lorry/bus/coach drivers a taxi CPC. Like I said earlier its only the minority that spoils and makes it bad for others. WELSH BUDDAH
  • Score: 3

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