Going on a night out, planning a hen party or thinking of arriving at a Prom in style then check the transport that is hired is properly licensed.
That is the message from East Cambridgeshire District Council who are advising anyone ordering a Limousine to check the vehicle, driver and operator are official.
Using an unlicensed vehicle may place passengers at risk from drivers who have not been adequately vetted or, in the event of an accident; the insurance may not cover injuries to those involved.
Cllr Ron Bradney, Chairman of Licensing Committee at East Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “The last thing you want to worry about on your night out is whether your driver is approved and the vehicle is roadworthy. We know people want to arrive at their event in style, whether it is a ball, hen do or a night at the races but for your own peace of mind it’s important to make sure you know that vehicles, drivers and operators are properly licensed.
“When booking transport, ask for the vehicle and driver licence numbers and the name of the authority issuing the operator’s licence. Before the journey, check that the driver can show you the vehicle licence and a driver badge. These are really small checks which the driver won't mind taking the couple of minutes to do so please make the time to be sure you travel safely.”
District councils are responsible for licensing private hire vehicles, which include stretch limousines and chauffeur driven vehicles. The licensing process ensures that vehicles, drivers and operators are vetted to ensure that they are suitable, fit and safe. Vehicles undergo strict compliance tests and drivers undergo criminal record bureau checks and medicals.
For further information please contact East Cambridgeshire District Council’s Licensing Team on 01353 665555.
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