The highly successful Q-Safe Taxi Marshal Scheme, which has dramatically reduced assaults at the Weighbridge taxi rank, has received a welcome financial boost through sponsorship from one of the Channel Islands’ leading investment managers and stockbrokers.

Collins Stewart Wealth Management’s advertising sponsorship of three London-style taxis will enable the scheme to continue to provide supervision for the late night taxi queues at the Weighbridge, ensuring that they are orderly and that queue-jumping and associated disorder are minimised.

Set up at the end of 2007, the Q-Safe scheme – developed by the Safer St Helier Community Partnership working closely with the Jersey Taxi Drivers Association, the Home Affairs Department and Transport & Technical Services  – has been a great success. An evaluation carried out for Safer St Helier showed that both the taxi drivers and their passengers feel safer at the Weighbridge than they had before and that taxi drivers are now more likely to use the rank.

Official statistics from the States of Jersey Police (to September 2010) showed that they only had to deal with six assaults at the taxi rank during the first three years of the scheme compared to 19 during the previous three years. Public order and drunkenness reports around the rank have also been reduced.

Thanking Collins Stewart Wealth Management for helping to keep the taxi marshals in place, Colin Russell, Chair of the Safer St Helier Community Partnership, said the advertising sponsorship was great news.

‘We welcome this new partnership between ourselves and Collins Stewart Wealth Management,’ he said. ‘As a community group our concern is for the safety of people in St Helier and the Q-Safe Taxi Marshal Scheme meets that aim.

‘There can be little doubt that it has been hugely successful, not only in reducing anti-social behaviour but, perhaps more importantly, in improving the quality of life of those living, working and using the area.’

‘We are very pleased to support this important initiative,’ said Grahame Lovett, Chief Executive Officer of Collins Stewart Wealth Management Offshore. ‘It ensures that people can go out, have a good night and get home safely thanks to the taxi marshals patrolling the Weighbridge rank.’