North East Lincolnshire Council

Be safe and smart with taxis this Christmas

Licensing officers at North East Lincolnshire Council are warning revellers to be careful when heading out this party season.

Many people will be having a tipple over the festive period and may find themselves needing a taxi.

Advice has been issued for booking taxis and private hire vehicles ahead of the busy season.

  • Always use a licensed vehicle.
  • Hackney Carriage Vehicles can pick up unarranged fares from the street.  They have a taxi roof sign and a white license plate on the rear bumper.
  • Private hire vehicles are not permitted to pick up from the street without being pre-booked.  They have a half moon door sign on the front two doors which says ‘advanced bookings only’, and a yellow license plate on the rear bumper. Book by phone, email or in a private hire office.  Never approach or accept a journey from a private hire driver which isn’t pre-booked.
  • When your booked vehicle arrives, make sure the driver can confirm your name and destination – check this before you get into the vehicle.
  • Check the driver’s photo ID badge.
  • Never risk getting into a private hire vehicle which is not pre-booked.

Councillor David Bolton, portfolio holder for safer and stronger communities, said: “Many of us enjoy heading out over the Christmas season and find ourselves needing a taxi to get home at the end of the night, but please be careful when doing so.

“Always make sure you are getting in a licensed taxi. Private hire vehicles are not allowed to pick you up from the street without a booking. Only a vehicle with a taxi roof sign can.

“The public’s safety is always our number one priority, and we want to reiterate how dangerous getting into an unlicensed taxi can be.”

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