Stay safe when tak­ing a lift home this Christ­mas

Au­thor­i­ties give guide­lines about cabs and pri­vate hire

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

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