Stay safe this Xmas - only use licensed taxis


Stay safe this Xmas - only use licensed taxis

PARTY goers are being urged to get home safely this Christmas by making sure they only use licensed taxis.

As the festive season gets into full swing, Rother District Council has launched its annual Christmas taxi campaign under the slogan 'No badge, no plate = No ride'.

The authority is urging people to check their taxi bears the proper licence plates and its driver is wearing their photo ID badge before accepting a ride.

Licensed taxis have annual insurance checks and twice-yearly mechanical inspections, while drivers must undergo regular medical and criminal record checks.

Malcolm Johnston, Rother District Council executive director, said: "It's all too easy if someone's had a good night out and had a few drinks to jump in the first car they see.

"By doing so, people are taking a risk as there are no guarantees that the vehicle is safe to travel in or that the driver is a fit and proper person to carry passengers.

"As well as putting your safety at risk, travelling in unlicensed taxis takes away trade from our hard-working, bona-fide operators, for whom Christmas is their busiest time of the year.

"I'd urge anyone who's out and about this festive season to take a few seconds to check they only travel with genuine, licensed taxis, to ensure they have a happy Christmas."

Private hire vehicles, which must be booked in advance, bear yellow taxi licence plates showing the car registration number, expiry date and number of passengers it's licensed to carry.

Hackney carriages, which can pick up passengers at taxi ranks or be hailed in the street, have white licence plates and a sign on the roof of the vehicle. All licensed taxi drivers must wear their photo ID while on duty.

More information on the different types of licensed taxis in Rother is available at

How to spot a licensed taxi:

Hackney carriages (can be hailed in the street):
- Display a white roof sign, white licence badges on both rear doors and a white licence plate on the rear of the vehicle
- Have a meter which is activated as the driver pulls away and must display a copy of the council's tariff card

Private hire vehicles (must be pre-booked):
- Display yellow licence badges on the rear doors and a yellow licence plate on the rear of the vehicle

For both types of taxi:
- Rear licence plates carry the vehicle registration number, licence expiry date and number of passengers the vehicle is licensed to carry
- Licensed drivers are issued with a photographic identification badge which must be clearly visible on their person or displayed in the front windscreen

Published on Tuesday, December 3 2019

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