With the festive party season now in full swing, Birmingham City Council is encouraging Christmas revellers to stay safe and pre-book their taxis.
People are being reminded to check private hire drivers have their name before getting into the vehicle after a night out – and not to flag down private hire vehicles, which are not allowed to pick up fares on the street.
Make sure you get home safely by pre-booking your journey home before going out or make your way to an official taxi rank. The ranks in Broad Street and Hurst Street/Ladywell Walk are marshalled for added security. You can also flag down a black cab.
Private hire drivers who accept fares on the street are not only committing an offence, but putting passengers at risk – as they would not be insured if it was involved in an accident.
During the party season, Birmingham City Council and West Midlands Police will be keeping Christmas revellers safe by clamping down on private hire drivers who ply for hire and looking for unlicensed motorists posing as private hire drivers.
Only Hackney Carriage vehicles can pick up fares on the street. Private hire drivers cannot accept passengers unless a booking has been made through their private hire operator.
Customers who get into private hire vehicles which have not been booked through an operator are placing themselves at risk because the driver’s insurance does not cover plying for hire and there will be no record of the journey. When there is no booking drivers will use the opportunity to overcharge their customers.