Regina Police have responded to an alleged fake taxi incident in the Queen City.
On Friday night, a woman was trying to hail a taxi after a Christmas party, and was instead picked up by someone posing as a taxi.
When being dropped off, the driver asked to use the woman’s washroom, and then used the opportunity to expose himself to the woman in her home.
Ian Barr, traffic sergeant for Regina Police, says there is a lengthy process when becoming a cab driver.
“The way the taxi licensing bylaw works in Regina is the cab drivers first have to have a background investigation done, which is done through my office,” Barr says. “They also have a criminal record check done, they have to go through the City of Regina licensing department as well.”
Barr says people should still find a safe ride home after a night of drinking.
“First and for most, if you’ve had one too many, we’d like you to find an alternative way home rather than your own vehicle obviously,” Barr says. “Cabs, friends, designated driver programs, don’t forget about those, they’ll even drive your vehicle home some of them. There’s Regina transit that’s available, and you can pre-plan, have a designated driver. There’s so many different options.”
Barr says taxis are equipped with video equipment inside the vehicle for the safety of both the driver and the customer recording 24/7.
Police are still investigating.