Newport taxi left the road and rolled down hill into ravine on the Gaer, Newport

Newport taxi crashes into ravine

Newport taxi crashes into ravine

Newport taxi crashes into ravine

First published in Gwent news
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A NEWPORT taxi driver was injured after his car left the road and crashed into a ravine in the Gaer, Newport this morning.

The crash happened on Masefield Vale in the Gaer.

The driver remains in hospital.

 

 

 

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5:02pm Thu 24 Jul 14

golfer says...

Busy drive ..what time you start..what time you finish
Busy drive ..what time you start..what time you finish golfer
  • Score: -5

8:14pm Thu 24 Jul 14

bugsy93 says...

Taxi drivers should be regulated more stringently. All too often we hear of taxis involved in serious collisions. Any vehicle and driver carrying fare paying members of the public should be regulated like bus and lorry drivers having to attend periodic training to maintain their licence to drive for hire and reward.But at present there is nothing in place to maintain these drivers knowledge and safe driving practices. Just put your foot down and get there as quickly as possible. Taking more fares has a priority over public safety, or so it appears..
Taxi drivers should be regulated more stringently. All too often we hear of taxis involved in serious collisions. Any vehicle and driver carrying fare paying members of the public should be regulated like bus and lorry drivers having to attend periodic training to maintain their licence to drive for hire and reward.But at present there is nothing in place to maintain these drivers knowledge and safe driving practices. Just put your foot down and get there as quickly as possible. Taking more fares has a priority over public safety, or so it appears.. bugsy93
  • Score: 17

10:30pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Sing up for the amber boys says...

Either speeding, using mobile or both
Either speeding, using mobile or both Sing up for the amber boys
  • Score: 13

7:52am Fri 25 Jul 14

bobbajob says...

Ravine ? I didn't know there were any "ravines" in Newport! Poor use of language or perhaps more sensationalism from the 'gus
Ravine ? I didn't know there were any "ravines" in Newport! Poor use of language or perhaps more sensationalism from the 'gus bobbajob
  • Score: 1

9:39am Fri 25 Jul 14

mrleebob says...

I'm surprised taxis aren't involved in more accidents. Worst drivers on the road.
I'm surprised taxis aren't involved in more accidents. Worst drivers on the road. mrleebob
  • Score: 8

9:40am Fri 25 Jul 14

WELSH BUDDAH says...

Some of them should not be on the road as their standard of driving is very poor. And I totally agree they should be regulated as they carry passengers which is a precious cargo. I know some drivers who work anything between 12 - 16 hour days, and some do it 7 days a week. Regulating the system would mean a better service and maybe if the system was upgraded it would lead to drivers being professional in the trade. I am not saying some drivers are not regimental and professional, just the minority lets the majority down.
Some of them should not be on the road as their standard of driving is very poor. And I totally agree they should be regulated as they carry passengers which is a precious cargo. I know some drivers who work anything between 12 - 16 hour days, and some do it 7 days a week. Regulating the system would mean a better service and maybe if the system was upgraded it would lead to drivers being professional in the trade. I am not saying some drivers are not regimental and professional, just the minority lets the majority down. WELSH BUDDAH
  • Score: 10

9:49am Fri 25 Jul 14

WELSH BUDDAH says...

Might I had I am a lorry driver, coach/bus driver and a taxi driver, but always respected the road and the customers and my licence was like gold to me as I needed it for my livelihood. Some drivers just in it to make a quick buck so they think then reality hits home how much it cost to run a taxi, your licence costs, fuel, insurance, maintenance. Some people think its an easy way of making money but they work so many hours because the economic climate is so poor. When I first started driving £1.60 was min fare, 49.9p per litre of fuel and we used petrol cars then diesels was still up and coming. Today minimum fare £3.50 and the cost of fuel £1.33 per litre fuel, insurance is horrendous. So can you what the difference is in 23 years.
Might I had I am a lorry driver, coach/bus driver and a taxi driver, but always respected the road and the customers and my licence was like gold to me as I needed it for my livelihood. Some drivers just in it to make a quick buck so they think then reality hits home how much it cost to run a taxi, your licence costs, fuel, insurance, maintenance. Some people think its an easy way of making money but they work so many hours because the economic climate is so poor. When I first started driving £1.60 was min fare, 49.9p per litre of fuel and we used petrol cars then diesels was still up and coming. Today minimum fare £3.50 and the cost of fuel £1.33 per litre fuel, insurance is horrendous. So can you what the difference is in 23 years. WELSH BUDDAH
  • Score: -5

11:25am Fri 25 Jul 14

Lliswerry Man says...

Along with the regulation, should also be "random" checks on drivers to make sure they are "employed" correctly by the taxi firms, and not cash in hand drivers.... especially those on the early morning school runs.

Far too many drivers now employed on an "as needed" rota... when filling in for other drivers on the sick/holiday.

It is time as well, that some form of tacho type system, as used in HGV's is used in Taxi's to make sure drivers stick to certain hours, Again, though, this would require more checks to make sure the right driver is in the seat, not his uncle bob, brother rashid or cousin alfredo.
Along with the regulation, should also be "random" checks on drivers to make sure they are "employed" correctly by the taxi firms, and not cash in hand drivers.... especially those on the early morning school runs. Far too many drivers now employed on an "as needed" rota... when filling in for other drivers on the sick/holiday. It is time as well, that some form of tacho type system, as used in HGV's is used in Taxi's to make sure drivers stick to certain hours, Again, though, this would require more checks to make sure the right driver is in the seat, not his uncle bob, brother rashid or cousin alfredo. Lliswerry Man
  • Score: 8

12:16pm Fri 25 Jul 14

displayed says...

Mustav been been going some to leave the rd, there is a speed limit of 30 u know...............
Mustav been been going some to leave the rd, there is a speed limit of 30 u know............... displayed
  • Score: 4

1:17pm Fri 25 Jul 14

PlainLauraJane says...

I also think taxi drivers in Newport should be made to sit local area knowledge tests like they do in London. I know my street is a little tucked away, so I usually add "... just off Christchurch Road, opposite the shop..." to give them a helping hand but I still usually get confused looks. Once I even had to direct the taxi driver myself (and had to pay for the privilige). Now, if I have to tell them where exactly to go I'll get out and go find another driver who actually knows about the area.
I also think taxi drivers in Newport should be made to sit local area knowledge tests like they do in London. I know my street is a little tucked away, so I usually add "... just off Christchurch Road, opposite the shop..." to give them a helping hand but I still usually get confused looks. Once I even had to direct the taxi driver myself (and had to pay for the privilige). Now, if I have to tell them where exactly to go I'll get out and go find another driver who actually knows about the area. PlainLauraJane
  • Score: 2

2:22pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Woodgnome says...

I would not ride in a Newport taxi unless I was (a) in desperate need, or (b) unconscious. Terrible, inconsiderate drivers.
I would not ride in a Newport taxi unless I was (a) in desperate need, or (b) unconscious. Terrible, inconsiderate drivers. Woodgnome
  • Score: -1

3:03pm Fri 25 Jul 14

russ angel says...

It is known as the "Dingle" in the Gaer,and it is a very rare occurence.I'm 48 and looking back I can't ever remember it happening before to be honest.Let's see what happens in the next few days when there is an inquiry,he may have blown a tyre,I would go for falling asleep myself but we don't know yet.
It is known as the "Dingle" in the Gaer,and it is a very rare occurence.I'm 48 and looking back I can't ever remember it happening before to be honest.Let's see what happens in the next few days when there is an inquiry,he may have blown a tyre,I would go for falling asleep myself but we don't know yet. russ angel
  • Score: 0

8:22am Sat 26 Jul 14

Gazo says...

I agree with Russ on this i also think he fell asleep as there was no skid marks at all on the road or on the grass before he hit a tree and went down the embankment. The driver claims it was a mechanical fault, but i am sure the police will rule that out. All I can say he lucky to be alive it was a bad crash.
I agree with Russ on this i also think he fell asleep as there was no skid marks at all on the road or on the grass before he hit a tree and went down the embankment. The driver claims it was a mechanical fault, but i am sure the police will rule that out. All I can say he lucky to be alive it was a bad crash. Gazo
  • Score: -1

10:48pm Sat 26 Jul 14

welshmen says...

Who ever owns that ravine or tree will have a claim for whiplash against them shortly....
Who ever owns that ravine or tree will have a claim for whiplash against them shortly.... welshmen
  • Score: 1

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