Stay safe when taking a lift home this Christmas
Authorities give guidelines about cabs and private hire
PARTY-GOERS are being urged to make sure they get home safely after their preChristmas nights out.
Chiltern District Council and South Bucks District Council are encouraging people to book a taxi or private hire car before they go out to celebrate.
Using licensed vehicles is safer because they are regularly tested to safeguard the public, and are subject to stringent checks prior to being licensed. These include criminal records and insurance checks for drivers, and vehicle testing.
The two councils urge people to never be tempted to flag down a private hire car in the street as they will not be insured for the journey in the event of an accident. There will also be no record of the journey taking place.
Only taxis (also referred to as Hackney carriage vehicles), can be flagged down.
Councillor Jennifer Woolveridge, portfolio holder for health and housing at South Bucks District Council, said: “We want everyone to enjoy themselves over the festive period but we also want residents to remain safe when making their way home from the festivities. We feel it’s important to highlight our safety tips, which only take a few minutes to read.”
Chiltern District Council’s cabinet member for health and housing, Councillor Peter Hudson, said: “Getting home is sometimes the last thing we consider when we head off for a night out with friends or colleagues – but I would ask everyone to make it their first thought.
“Book in advance, with a reputable taxi company which operates licensed vehicles and drivers who are checked. Don’t just hope there will be a taxi available at the end of your evening, and don’t jump in a vehicle which looks like a cab. “Plan ahead and be safe.”
Visit www.southbucks.gov. uk/taxi or www.chiltern.gov. uk/taxi to find out more.