Council’s safety fears over illegal taxis

Concerned at reports of unlicensed ‘taxis’ operating in and around Ripley, Amber Valley Borough Council has launched a campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of using illegal vehicles and advising how to identify the genuine operators.

The Council’s Licensing Department has produced campaign materials including a series of posters which will be displayed at late night venues around the town. The posters encourage taxi-users to be aware of the dangers of getting into a car with an unlicensed driver

All licensed vehicles display a plate at the rear of the vehicle giving a personal licence number and the driver of the vehicle will also wear an ID badge showing his photograph; this confirms that the driver has had thorough background checks to confirm his suitability for transporting members of the public.

Councillor Jane Orton, Community Safety Portfolio holder commented: “We are very concerned for the safety of young people who are using unlicensed taxis. We would also urge parents to check on how their sons and daughters are getting home and to help us pass on the safety-first message. Young people can be particularly vulnerable after a night out and so it is very important they make the right choices when deciding how they will get home.”

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