Advice for staying safe when using taxi

NKDC offices, Sleaford.

NKDC offices, Sleaford.

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People booking taxis are being urged to be cautious over whether the firm is properly licensed by North Kesteven District Council.

The advice is being issued by the council’s licensing team who say private hire vehicles and Hackney Carriages (which can legally carry up to eight passengers), their drivers and booking agents are all legally required to have a licence issued by the council.

The licensing team ensure authorised garages regularly check licensed taxi vehicles so they meet all mechanical and safety standards. Drivers and operators also have to undergo criminal record checks, medical exams and other suitability checks before they are issued with licences. All drivers should wear a badge which identifies the driver by name, licence number, photograph, and shows the expiry date of the licence.

Coun Richard Wright, executive board member for licensing, said: “It is essential the travelling public has confidence the vehicle they hail or book is safe and the operators are fully compliant with the law – and so my advice is to always check before you jump in, and to use a company you have confidence in.”