People are being reminded about how to stay safe when using taxis during the festive season.
North East Derbyshire District Council and Bolsover District Council have joined forces to help residents get home safely over the festive period by providing advice on how to spot licensed taxis (Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicles). Knowing what to look out for will help prevent the use of unsafe and unlicensed taxis.
Licensed taxis have plates attached to the front and rear of the vehicles. These plates have the name of the licensing Council and the vehicle licence number. There will be stickers on the dashboard and rear windows and door signs showing which operator they work for. There could also be a roof sign which is usually marked ‘TAXI’.
If you are unsure whether a vehicle is licensed, look for the licence plates attached to the outside of the vehicle on the front and rear and check the information on them.
Private Hire Vehicles must be booked in advance, whilst Hackney Carriage Vehicles can be hailed without any booking or notice.
A licensed taxi driver is required to wear a photo ID badge supplied by the Council. If in doubt ask the driver to show you his badge.
If during a journey you have any concerns, look for the details of the driver’s badge, interior stickers and on leaving the vehicle also look at the front and/or backplates for the vehicle details. Issues or concerns can be reported to the council’s via our websites.
North East Derbyshire District Council Leader, Cllr Alex Dale said: “It is important at this time of year when people are out celebrating the festive period to remind people to always use licensed vehicles to get home safely at the end of the night.
Bolsover District Council Cabinet Member for Licensing Councillor Deborah Watson said: “More people make use of taxis during the festive period so it is essential we remind people how to spot a legitimate taxi and driver. This advice is being given now to ensure all our residents can enjoy a safe Christmas drink and get home without any issues.”
If possible pre-book your taxi in advance as we want to make sure everyone has a safe and Merry Christmas.”