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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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Cumbria public given taxi safety advice

MEMBERS of the public are being asked to check they are using licensed taxis and private hire vehicles in Cumbria over the Christmas period.

Hackney carriages are the only vehicle authorised to ply for hire on the streets.

These are often vehicles parked in taxi ranks, which should display a rear plate - showing a serial number and registration number, door signs, roof signs, and an internal driver ID badge.

Private hire vehicles are not authorised to pick up passengers unless a prior booking has been made with the company operating the vehicle. They will not have a roof sign.

The public should be aware that if they are approached by someone in the street offering a taxi or private hire vehicle journey they should ignore them as touting is an offence.

South Lakeland District Council has issued a series of tips for staying safe, including sitting behind the driver if travelling alone and using well lit areas.

SLDC’s public protection manager, Phil Greenup, said: “The council works with the taxi and private hire trade to ensure that the drivers and vehicles are safe and suitable.

“People in South Lakeland should feel safe when using taxis during the festive period and these tips will help them to ensure they get home safely at the end of what has hopefully been a good night.”

If anyone has any problems regarding a vehicle or driver, they should obtain the licence number, registration or driver badge ID.

Complaints can be submitted to South Lakeland District Council Licensing Office at South Lakeland House, Lowther Street, Kendal, LA9 4UD.

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