Taxi drivers in Glasgow are being urged to become potential life-savers - by carrying emergency lifebelts in the back of their cabs.

The new initiative is being brought forward by campaigner Stef Shaw, aka the Glasgow Cabbie, and the Glasgow Humane Society (GHS).

They believe that by carrying the safety equipment, cabbies in Glasgow will be more vigilant and alert as they cross the many bridges over the River Clyde.

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Stef Shaw said: "We have taxi drivers interested who just need to realise that they are potential lifesavers.

"Glasgow taxi drivers cross those bridges all day everyday and we have the need for speed when someone is in the water.

"It’s a very simple but excellent idea - and carrying lifebelts will also make our drivers that bit more vigilant at bridges."

Glasgow Taxis have now sent out a letter on Stef's behalf to all their drivers, in which he urges them to get involved.

George Parsonage and William Graham of the GHS say they are prepared to provide a number of cabs with lifebelts and throw ropes, as well as provide short lessons in how to use the equipment.

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Glasgow Taxis Ltd chairman Dougie McPherson said: “In keeping with our slogan, Your City’s Friend, Glasgow Taxis Ltd staff and drivers are always prepared to step up to the plate to help others. 

“We’re very happy to support Stef’s campaign and the great work of the Glasgow Humane Society and would encourage all drivers to take the opportunity to go through this free and potentially life-saving training.”

The new initiative comes off the back of the 'Think Again' campaign, led by Stef, to get emergency lifeline telephones put in place on the banks of the Clyde.

Those proposals have now received the backing of Glasgow City Council and work is now in place to have the phones installed.

Samaritans signage has also been put in place along every city centre bridge.

Anyone who needs help can contact Samaritans 24/7 free on 116 123 or by visiting Samaritans.org.