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Council reminds residents of the GOLDEN RULES when it comes to taking taxis over the festive season

North Northamptonshire Council reminded residents of the golden rules when it comes to planning a trip or night out that requires a taxi ahead of the start of the Christmas party season.

All taxis that are registered with the local council must display a licence plate (usually on the front and rear of the vehicle) which has a number, along with a smaller licence in the front windscreen. Always check this before getting in a taxi to make sure that your driver has followed the correct and legal processes.

According to North Northampton Council, here are the other golden rules when using taxis this Christmas:

  • Plan how you’re going to get home from your night out – arrange a lift or book a taxi in your name. And leave the taxi booking details with a friend

  • Always keep the number of a reliable firm with you

  • When you make a booking, ask if you can pay by card. It is worth agreeing the fare in advance, so you can make sure you have the correct cash to pay if necessary

  • Avoid taxis that tout for business and are unlicensed

  • When the taxi arrives, check it is the one you booked by asking for the name in which it was booked. If in doubt, don’t get in

  • Always sit behind the driver in the back seat

  • If you feel uneasy, ask to be let out

  • Stick with your friends and choose a meeting point for if you get separated

  • Never accept a lift from a stranger.

Cllr David Brackenbury, North Northamptonshire Council’s Executive Member for Growth and Regeneration, said: “Due to the pandemic, the traditional Christmas parties haven’t been able to go ahead for the past few years. But we know this year many people will be planning day trips and evenings out and may require a taxi home, which is why we are taking this opportunity to remind residents to be careful and only use licensed taxis.

“Wherever possible, pre-book a taxi and ask the driver for the name of the booking before you get in. And always keep the number of a reliable firm with you so you don’t get caught out.”

Cllr Jason Smithers, Leader of the Council, said: “I would encourage all residents to think ahead and follow the golden rules when using taxis this Christmas, which include planning how you are going to get home and keeping the number of a reliable firm with you.”


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