TAXI marshals will be on duty in Huddersfield this Christmas.
The civilian marshals will patrol taxi ranks across Kirklees will over the festive period to try and avoid late-night trouble.
The ground-breaking measure, which was first outlined in the Examiner last Tuesday, was voted through by Kirklees Council's Cabinet as part of a £50,000 crackdown on drunken violence in our towns.
The marshals will aim to cut late- night yobbishness and violence.
Clr Khizar Iqbal, who is the Cabinet member for safer communities, said: "We believe they will make a difference.
"There has been emphasis on substance misuse in the past.
"Alcohol is another drug."
He added: "The number of violent incidents in Kirklees is going up.
"In the first quarter of this year there were reports of more than 1,000.
"The figures indicated that the total number for the whole year will top 6,000," added Clr Iqbal.
The peacekeeping marshals will work from 9pm to 3am on Friday and Saturday nights.
After Christmas the marshals will stop patrolling - but be brought back for expected busy periods over the following 12 months.
After that the council has said it will ask taxi firms to contribute to paying for the scheme.
The pilot scheme will cost £15,000.
Councillors also agreed to spend £5,000 on targeting the area's 15 most problematic licensed premises.
Agencies will team up to target premises where booze is being sold to under-age drinkers.
Licensees will be given action plans to address problems.
If they do not comply they could lose their licence.
The lion's share of the money - £30,000 - will be spent on beefing up the police presence at recognised trouble hotspots in town centres.