Council urges residents to be taxi safe this Christmas

Tue, 18 Dec 2018

Getting home from festive celebrations may be the last thing on people’s mind but party-goers are being urged to taxi safe over Christmas.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s taxi safe campaign aims to give people celebrating Christmas and New Year the information they need to ensure they are using licensed private hire vehicles or hackney carriages to make sure they get home safely.

For the eighth consecutive year, licensing officers will be on the ranks at Beverley and Bridlington on key dates from Friday, 21 December to 1 January 2019.

The highly visible licensed marshals will operate on the main ranks between 10pm and 3am to help ensure people leave the town centres safely, make sure there are orderly queues as well as making sure people are getting into a licensed vehicle.

During the festive period, the licensing team will also be looking out for any bogus vehicles to ensure only lawful taxis are operating.

Licensing officers have also teamed up with local taxi drivers as well as pubs and clubs across the East Riding to display stickers and posters with tips on how to get home safely.

In addition to the taxi rank in Beverley’s Saturday Market, a temporary rank will also be in operation at the Flemingate Shopping Centre throughout the day and evenings to help shoppers and revellers get home safely.

The rank on Flemingate will run until January 1, 2019.

Councillor Shaun Horton, portfolio holder for community involvement and local partnerships at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The East Riding does have reputation for being a safe place to be and we want everyone to enjoy themselves and stay safe.

“We know that most people who join a taxi queue after a night out are well behaved by a small minority can cause problems for others so the taxi marshals can help people stay calm and in good spirits.

“The marshals work well alongside our licensing officers and taxi marshals to help make it a safe night out for revellers.

“We always have a first rate response from residents, people in the pub and bar trade as well as taxi owners who all say the initiative works very well.”

Anyone who has any concerns about unlicensed taxis should contact the council’s licensing team by emailing taxi.hub@eastriding.gov.uk

Tips to help you stay safe this Christmas and New Year

As part of the taxi safe campaign, East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s licensing team has issued the following information and advice for people using taxis or private hire vehicles

• only Hackney Carriage cabs can be hailed in the street or on a taxi rank and they should carry a plate on the back of the vehicle – East Riding licensed vehicles display white oval door stickers and have a top light saying “TAXI”

• private hire vehicles must always be booked in advance and display a plate on the back of the vehicle – East Riding licensed vehicles have yellow oval stickers on the front passenger doors saying “pre-booked” only

• all licensed drivers should have a driver’s identity badge issued by the relevant council, which should be prominently displayed at all times

• carry a telephone number of a trusted, licensed taxi or private hire company

• if possible, book a taxi or mini-cab in advance and ask for the name of the driver as well as the make and colour of the car

• confirm the details with the driver when the vehicle arrives to make sure it’s the car you ordered

• if you are ordering a taxi from a public place, try not to let anyone overhear your name and address

• if you are out with friends, make sure everyone has a way of getting home

• if someone in your group has had too much to drink, accompany them to the taxi and make sure it’s a legitimate vehicle – friends should stick together and make sure everyone gets home safely

• do not walk home if you’ve had too much alcohol as this can make you vulnerable or you may have an accident –will you be safe? Are you in control?