A SCHEME aimed at protecting Burnley taxi drivers from attacks by violent passengers is being launched tomorrow.

The eight cabs are the first private hire vehicles in the borough to be fitted with polycarbon safety shields, which will divide drivers from their passengers.

The borough's black cabs already have safety meshes built-in as part of their design.

Some shops and businesses were fitted with the same polycarbon following the Burnley riots in 2001 to prevent a repeat of their windows being smashed.

The move follows representations by the local private hire association regarding the safety of drivers.