Festive safety campaign is launched in Paisley.

Christmas and New Year revellers will be well looked after this December thanks to a festive safety campaign spearheaded by Renfrewshire Council.

Some of the council’s wardens will be doubling up as taxi marshals in Paisley’s County Square over the next few weekends to make sure party-goers get home safely.

There will also be a Safe Bus which will sit in New Street in the centre of town, staffed by wardens, paramedics from the Red Cross, and police officers.

The bus will be equipped to offer refuge to revellers and will allow staff to offer support to the public if required. Wardens and police will still be carrying out their usual street patrols.

The Safe Bus and taxi marshals will be out on the weekends of 13/14 and 20/21 December, while there will also be taxi marshals on the 27th, 28th and 31st.

Councillor Margaret Devine, deputy convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Housing and Community Safety Policy Board, met some of the staff who will be on duty.

She said: “We want people to have a great time during the festive period but to make sure they take care of themselves and others too.

“December is always the busiest month of the year for party nights – and while that is good news for local pubs and restaurants, it does put added pressure on the authorities to make sure everybody stays safe.

“The extra services we are putting in place in the form of taxi marshals and the Safe Bus are designed to do exactly that.

“While we are sure the vast majority of people will have a good time and be in good spirits while out and about, our staff will be on hand should they be needed to help.”

Courtesy of Renfrewshire Council.

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Emissions blitz nets four offenders

A two-day crackdown on dodgy cars which damage the environment saw Renfrewshire Council workers net four offenders.

Staff from the Renfrewshire Wardens Service took to the streets of Paisley town centre to check whether vehicle emissions were within the legal requirements.

Of the 281 vehicles tested, four failed and were issued with £60 fixed-penalty notices.

Also present were staff from the council’s licensing section, who inspected 13 taxis and 20 private-hire vehicles – with one driver given an immediate suspension for failing the emissions test.

Licensing staff also issued six compliance notices to cabbies for a range of defects including worn tyre treads, blown bulbs and missing fire extinguishers.

The tests – at Wallneuk, Renfrew Road, Paisley – were carried out in partnership with officers from Strathclyde Police’s Road Policing Unit, who were responsible for pulling over the vehicles from traffic.

Councillor Chris Gilmour, Deputy Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment and Infrastructure Policy Board, visited the testing site to see the operation in action.

He said: “The aim of this campaign was to issue a highly-visible reminder to drivers that it is up to them to ensure their vehicle’s condition complies with the law.

“The fact more than 98 per cent of vehicles passed the emissions test shows that Renfrewshire’s motorists take that responsibility seriously.

“Vehicle emissions which are outwith the legal limit are liable to pollute the air we all breathe, which brings with it various potential health risks.

“The job of the wardens is to make sure Renfrewshire is a greener and cleaner place to live, and preventing damage to the environment is a key part of that.”

All drivers fined on the day will have the penalty waived if they are able to produce evidence the emissions problem has been fixed within 14 days of the offence.

The police also detected a number of minor road offences during the testing, including vehicle defects and seatbelt violations.

All drivers were also given a council leaflet containing information on the problems caused by vehicle idling.

Picture one (from left to right): Martin Brier, civic enforcement officer; Jeanette Love, senior warden; Councillor Chris Gilmour; Andy Redmond, environmental protection officer; PC Sandra Ewing; with Eric Gilday, senior warden (front).

Picture two: Jeanette and Eric test one vehicle’s emissions.

For more information please visit Renfrewshire Council.