Council ‘STAY SAFE’ information for people using taxis during the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations

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Craven District Council has reminded residents and visitors to local areas how to stay safe using a licensed taxi during the special four-day bank holiday to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The council advises how to spot Hackney cars and licensed private hire vehicles so residents can return home safely during the celebration period.

Cllr Chris Moorby, Chairman of Craven District Council Licensing Committee, said: ‘With many celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, many of us will be planning outings with family and friends and nights out in the city. If you plan to use a taxi, whether you use a taxi in Craven or elsewhere, all taxis must be licensed and display a license plate and registration number on the back of the vehicle. Please note that Craven vehicles will display a white or red rear plate. Always check and write down the unique license number and the competent authority before entering a taxi. »

The Council’s licensing team prides itself on the quality and robust taxi policy it has in place to promote public safety by:

  • Perform enhanced DBS checks on drivers

  • Ensure that all drivers pass enhanced driving tests

  • Maintain rigorous vehicle testing on vehicles

  • Check that all vehicles are equipped with on-board video surveillance

  • Ensure that drivers are made aware of the protection

The council cautions against the use of vehicles not authorized by Craven District Council which may not meet those same high standards.

Craven District Council offered some advice on how people can stay safe when visiting to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and using a taxi:

  • Plan well in advance how you get home from trips and parties and pre-book a taxi. If you need a taxi to get home, use official taxi ranks and remember that these vehicles must be metered.

  • If you book a taxi, when it arrives, check that it is indeed the one you have booked by asking for the name under which it was booked. If in doubt, do not enter.

  • All licensed taxi drivers will wear an identification badge to help you identify your driver.

  • It is an offense for private hire drivers to accept an unbooked fare and their insurance may be invalid, so always use cabs unless you book a private hire trip in advance.

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